It’s almost that time again! Decorations are going up all over the house and across the neighborhood. The family will be gathering around the table or the tree and in-laws will be staying in the spare bedroom. It’s the holidays! As the leaves are beginning to change color and we begin to set our sights on Halloween parties, Thanksgiving feasts, and Christmas gatherings, now might be a great time to make some renovations to the most sacred of family spaces: the kitchen.
Remodeling a kitchen is more than just a fresh coat of paint and swapping out the cabinet doors. Here are a few tips and ideas to make the most of your holiday season in the kitchen.
There are often many people bustling around the kitchen, especially during holiday gatherings and more space is always a hot commodity. Consider widening your walkways to at least 42 inches wide. This ensures enough room for all the family cooks to move around one another, not to mention the tiny people that go tearing through wearing capes and battle helmets.
Give the Island a Purpose
Islands in the center of the kitchen are as popular as they are beautiful and functional. But it’s important to decide just how the island functions in your kitchen and design it accordingly. If it’s for cooking or dishes, the design should be high enough to be out of reach for kids. If it’s more of a breakfast nook for eating, give some thought to where the stools will sit and the walking space around them. It’s also a good idea to keep the stove well away from the eating area.
Plan for the Chef
In homes where there is a good deal of cooking going on, more counter space is important, especially between the stovetop and the sink. Plan around the stove as well, creating shelves and racks on the wall behind the stove for spices and cooking utensils. Think through your cooking process and design a kitchen that supports that process. It will save you a lot of headaches when you’re preparing dinner for screaming kids and needy spouses!
The holidays are some of our favorite memories and so many of them are centered in the kitchen, with the family feasts and the baked cookies. Don’t remember your kitchen as a cramped and cluttered space. Put some thought into a remodel and call the experts at Craftsman Services today.