Kitchens used to be a sweat-toiling area in the past. The trend has changed nowadays, with kitchens forming the heart of a house in modern families. It has become a hot spring that brings the family members together after a tiring day’s work. Hence, this gathering place must accommodate the comforts of your family.
Why remodel your kitchen?
It is easier to construct a modern kitchen. However, for the existing kitchens, remodeling is preferable as it saves both the time consumed and the cost involved in creating a new one. Furthermore, this short duration of the renovation will not disrupt the daily life of the inmates.
The main reason to opt for kitchen remodeling is to suit the style of the family. There are also other reasons for renovations — for instance, the desire to be in pace with the current trend, trying to increase the resale value in the real-estate market, etc.
Factors to consider when remodelling a kitchen
Remodelling your kitchen helps you accomplish the above-mentioned objective of harmony at home. Before opting for renovation, some aspects have to be considered.
Style of Cooking
The model of the kitchen is based on the cooking style followed. It is, therefore, essential to determine the frequency of cooking, the size of the food cooked, and the method of preparing. For example:
- the kitchen should be clean and comfortable to maintain;
- cabinets should be easily accessible, according to one’s height;
- chimneys should be provided if smoking and flambe methods of cooking are practiced;
- cooking counters should be non-inflammable and should not be made of materials that crack at high temperature;
and so on.
So, the kitchen has to serve these needs. Model the renovations catering to the style of cooking.
Limit within your budget
It is everyone’s dream to own a modern and trendy kitchen. However, the financial means should aid in the process. You can achieve the desired look by using any materials, be it high-end, low-end or in-between. For instance, a glossy, shiny appearance can be obtained using both wood and quartz. But, the choice of the material has to be made on a monetary basis. This is so because quartz requires high maintenance than wood.
Though, the kitchen renovations have to be budget-friendly, overthinking on the return-on-investment principle will not help in adding your personality to your kitchen. Also, such miserly thought may hinder adding the essentials.
Need for tech-savvy
‘Technology can be our best-friend,’ so says Steven Spielberg. Technology has provided many solutions to reduce manual labor. It continues to do so, even more so in the kitchen, where tedious works were performed manually earlier. They are gradually being replaced by automated machines such as sensory-equipped faucet, temperature-controlled refrigerators, timed egg boiler, programmed coffee makers, and not to mention the Wi-Fi-connectivity.
Having a technology-integrated kitchen has its perks, but it comes with its back-end troubles. This, further enhances the scale of modifications, as the available walking space and additional safety features have to be accommodated. This further increases the overall budget.
So, it is advisable to include only the highly needed tech-savvy elements to avoid unnecessary troubles.
Effects of Lighting
Indeed, exterior structural appearances are essential. But if there is no light to illuminate the effects, then the entire purpose is lost. So, a careful selection of the lighting system has to be made to go with the renovated kitchen.
Also, the necessary electric supply connections have to be given without changing the supply of the house. It is also required to test it out, to avoid any mishap. For instance, the position of the water pipes has to be different from the wiring t prevent shock due to water leakage.
The aim of remodeling the kitchen is to increase the comfortability. This can be achieved only with proper utilization of the space. Based on the inmates’ needs the following has to be designed:
- the number of cabinets;
- type of cupboards, open or closed;
- storage area;
- the walking space;
- the dining area, if it is a separate part of the kitchen space.
The latest trend of modular kitchen cabinets saves a lot of trouble as one can easily arrange and re-arrange it whenever necessary. Further, as it is modular, any one part can be removed and reattached later. So, the main factor of space should not be lost.
Plumbing and water drains
Although the kitchen is being remodelled, it is essential to change the plumbing line as necessary. If the previous plumb line is being followed, this may stand out and will not go together with the renovated design. However, if the plumb lines are being changed the corresponding water pipes have to be modified so as not to affect the entire water system of the house.
Similar to the water system, the position of the switch and sockets have to be checked and decided before remodeling. Also, while establishing new plugs, the electric supply system of the house has to be tested. This factor is the most essential as an improper connection may lead to fires and other disasters.
The kitchen is the place where you and your beloveds nourish your family bonds. So, do not linger on the idea whether to renovate or not. The above hints will give you a picture of the factors to consider while remodeling your kitchen.