Kitchen Remodeling Tips
Design Wide Walkways
Paths throughout a kitchen
should be at least 36 inches wide. Paths within the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide for a two-cook configuration. When planning, adjust kitchen islands
and peninsulas accordingly.
Find the Right Height for the Microwave
The best height and location for a microwave oven
depends on the chef and the degree of kid-friendliness desired in the kitchen
. For adults, 15 inches above countertop level is a good microwave height. For kids, a below-countertop setup might be safer and more suitable.
Determine the Island's Function
When it comes to kitchen islands
, form follows function. If you want to cook and eat on kitchen islands, plan enough space so the cooktop is safely separated from the dining area.
Plan Landing Space
When designing your kitchen
, allow 15 inches of countertop on each side of a cooktop and refrigerator. Landing space is also important near the microwave.
Consider the Countertops
Those who cook frequently require more counter space -- ideally between the range and sink -- than those who cook infrequently or who prepare simple meals. Incorporating two countertop heights makes baking easy and helps kids who are involved in meal preparation.
Cut Cleaning Time
Careful design decisions make cleaning easy. Glass refrigerator shelves catch spills that wire shelves let through. Flush-set or under mount sinks don't have a crumb-catching rim to worry about. Matte finishes don't show dirt as much as glossy ones do.
Break Up Cabinetry Blocks
Avoid boring, heavy blocks of doors and drawers by adding interesting details such as glass doors and display shelving. Or try wine storage or windows.
Use Light Colors in a Small Kitchen
Dark color schemes shrink an already small space and make it less inviting. Use soft shades on kitchen cabinets and natural light to visually expand a small room.
Find a Focal Point
Splashy tile, fancy floors, sizable range hoods, bright kitchen cabinets, and busy countertop patterns give the eye too much to look at. Pick one focal point in your kitchen design and complement that area with a few other quieter, eye-pleasing details.
How Will Kitchen Remodeling Affect Your Home's Value?
People choose kitchen remodeling for a variety of reasons. According to a 2017 Houzz study, 43% of respondents remodeled because they could "no longer stand the old kitchen."(2) Following closely behind, 40% said they wanted to update their kitchen all along but just became financially ready.(3)
It makes sense that the price tag can stop some people from a renovation project. Whether you’re planning for just a few well-chosen updates or a complete overhaul of your current space, kitchen remodels don’t come cheap. So how do you know if it’s the right investment for you and your home? Is it really worth it?
We’ll tackle all of those questions (and more) to help you update your kitchen the smart way!
How much will your renovation cost? That’s up to you and your budget!
Three Budgeting Tips:
• Tip #1:
Commit to spending the bulk of your money on things you don’t want to replace often—such as cabinetry, counter tops & appliances.
• Tip #2:
Make sure you’re not over-improving your kitchen. You won’t be able to recover the costs of your updates—no matter how nice they are—if they make your home the most expensive on the block. If you’re not sure what’s typical for your neighborhood, talk to an expert real estate agent.
• Tip #3:
Set aside 10–15% of your budget for unexpected expenses. Renovations never cost less than expected.
Kitchen Renovation & Your Home Value
In most cases, you can count on your updated kitchen to boost the value of your home. It’s no shock that buyers are willing to pay more for high-end finishes and thoughtful upgrades.
According to a recent survey, 80% of homebuyers placed the kitchen in their list of top three most important spaces.(9)And of buyers who bought homes without certain features, 69% of those surveyed said they would have paid more for new appliances and 55% said they would have paid more for granite counters.
An updated kitchen can help your house stand out for prospective buyers, which can help you sell faster and for more money. That’s great news if you’re thinking about selling in the future.
Even if you don’t recoup the whole cost of your remodel when you sell, updating your kitchen can still be a good investment for you and your family.