Home improvement projects are very popular these days, and kitchen updates are probably the most common remodeling project that homeowners consider. The kitchen is often referred to as the “heart of the home” since meals are prepared there. Many times food preparation is a family activity, so space and functionality are essential kitchen features. Although wives and mothers still hold the traditional role of cooking and serving meals, husbands and kids often help since many women also work outside the home.
If you are the owner of an older home, your kitchen most likely has enough space for one person to prepare food. The kitchens in traditional older homes allowed for a stove and refrigerator, but they usually did not include dishwashers and microwave ovens. You may be wondering how to renovate your tiny kitchen in such a way that modern conveniences can be added. If the floor plan in your home does not allow for removing a wall so the kitchen can be expanded, you will need to come up with some innovative ideas that will work.
Many older homes have higher ceilings than modern homes, so this can provide valuable storage space if that is the case in your home. Cupboards that reach to the ceiling are not the most convenient, but items that are not used very often can be stored there. This frees up space in the lower drawers and shelves for items that are used frequently. Appliances that can be built in are also great space savers, so consider removing the existing kitchen range and replacing it with a built-in oven and microwave. A cooktop takes little vertical space when installed, and the area beneath it can be used for storage.
Busy homemakers greatly appreciate the convenience of a dishwasher, but your kitchen space may not allow for a full-sized one. Home improvement and appliance stores usually carry models sized for smaller kitchens. Unless your family is large, a compact dishwasher will function very well.
While counter space and cupboards are very important to an efficient kitchen, you may be able to remove part of the wall between the kitchen and dining room. This would allow for installing an expanded counter that could function nearly as well as an island. The side extending into the dining room could work as a breakfast bar, and also allow for passing food and dishes into the dining area. If there is a separate dining room in your home, a buffet or china cupboard can be used to store your best dishes and silverware.
Utilizing the available space in your small kitchen in the most efficient way will take a good deal of planning. If you do not feel you have the knowledge and skill to accomplish this renovation on your own, you should contact several local contractors. These professionals will be able to offer suggestions for the best way to accomplish your goals, and also give an estimate of the cost. Home improvement centers typically have a list of reputable contractors. Before deciding on which contractor to use, you should get estimates of the cost and time-frame from at least three. It is also important to ask for references from their previous clients before making your final decision.
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