The kitchen is the heart of the home, so when transforming your Kelowna home there’s no better place to start than with a kitchen renovation. A complete kitchen renovation can not only make your home more functional and efficient, but it can also change the entire look and feel of your home. Here are some things to consider before getting started on your renovation to help you rest easy and avoid nightmares both during and post renovation.
Go into your renovation aware of what you are looking for and try to stick to it. Having photos of materials, appliances, designs, and full rooms to present to your builder is a great way to express your ideas and initiate the planning process. Kitchens are an element of the home that is unique to each person and family and there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all renovation. Listen to professional suggestions along the way, but make sure that you are happy with all elements before you begin. You are the one who will be living in it after all is said and done.
Kitchens are one of the most versatile spaces within a home to renovate; you can remove or add walls and doors, insert an island or bar, and create a pantry. It’s best to understand what will help make the most of the space you have available. If you have a small space but want an island, consider factors such as pets, kids, or other people in the kitchen, and what you want it for. Extra counter space is a good thing, but small islands can include a prep sink or storage area for increased efficiency. The ‘kitchen triangle’ is an important design element that can change the functionality of the space. The work space should be designed to facilitate a fridge to sink to stove flow, leaving the cook with an efficient and open area.
Not the most exciting part of a kitchen renovation, but one of the most important, is the storage space. Planning for enough storage in the kitchen is necessary to avoid the hassle of overcrowded and unorganized cabinets that is nothing but frustrating. Take advantage of the height of your room and install cabinets that extend to the ceiling, or dedicate at least part of a wall for floor to ceiling storage. Do not underestimate the creative cabinets that can be installed in corners, or the difference that deep cabinets and pull-out pantry and trash/recycle systems can make.
Whether it is the counter tops, lighting, or appliances, the excellence of a kitchen renovation is determined in its details. Counter tops with natural texture are not as easy to clean, but are better at hiding everyday crumbs. Smoother, lighter counter top materials are not as good at camouflage, but easier to clean. Lighting in the kitchen is essential to highlight the work-space; under the cabinet lights and multiple sources of overhead lighting can ensure this. Natural light from windows helps brighten the kitchen, and also creates an inviting atmosphere. Simple, reliable appliances are a good choice, but consider their aesthetics. Stainless steel is a classic choice, but finger prints and cooking mess shows up easily, so if you have kids maybe a retro or ‘colored’ stainless scheme is right for you.