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Kitchen Remodeling Tips for Beginners: Part 1

home remodelMany homeowners feel that their kitchen is the center of the home. Besides being the room in which you prepare and share meals, it’s also Homework Central, the place for family meetings, and the room that seems to attract all the party goers. If you are looking to spruce up your space and invest in a home remodel, it is smart to start with your kitchen. This will also be a smart strategy in case you decide to sell your home in the future; even a minor kitchen remodel has an average return on investment of 82.7%.

To get the inspiration flowing, here are some great interior designer-approved kitchen remodeling ideas:

Get rid of wasted steps
It doesn’t make sense for your cereal bowls to be in a cabinet far away from the breakfast nook, and if your stove stands alone with no counter space next to it, you’ll be ferrying ingredients across the kitchen all day long. Map out the floor plan and the location of your appliances in order to eliminate wasted steps before you start the home remodel.

The wider, the better
Your kitchen will most likely always have a lot of people in it. Think of those Thanksgivings when everyone is trying to squeeze around each other preparing different dishes. The holidays are stressful enough without everyone being in everyone else’s way. Get rid of the tight squeezes and plan for wide, open spaces. At the very least, the paths should be at least 36 inches wide.

Don’t forget your microwave
What’s the right height for your microwave? That depends on the desires of the chef(s) and what their height is. A microwave that’s too high may be dangerous, because it’s easy to spill hot food while removing it, and it may also be too hard for younger cooks to reach on their own. Conversely, you won’t want to stoop every time you heat up a cup of coffee or piece of leftover pizza.

The cabinets have feelings, too
No homeowner wants to install a perfectly nice cabinet to then realize it doesn’t have enough space to open fully. Make sure to give ample room so the door has clearance when it opens, or else you will be stuck with a non-functional cabinet and wasted space. Consider which way the door will open, too; it may seem like a small detail, but it can make a huge difference in your day-to-day life.

Consider incorporating two different counter top heights
One of the best interior redesign tips is to use two different levels of counter space. After all, is there any cook who doesn’t want more counter space? One level can store commonly used items like utensils, small appliances, potted herbs or prep bowls, while the other will serve as your work space.

Stay tuned for part 2 in our kitchen remodeling series!

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