There are all sorts of kitchen gadgets and gizmos out there but all the contraptions in the world aren’t going to give you a better cooking experience. For that, you need to look at the bones of your kitchen and create the perfect, functional space that you love to spend time in. If you’re about to start a kitchen remodeling project, here are our top 7 picks of must-haves for your new kitchen:
1. A well-laid out and functional space where you won’t have traffic jams if more than one person is in the kitchen. There’s lots of talk of work triangles in the kitchen but essentially you want to ensure easy flow from one area to the next. In many houses, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Make sure your kitchen has the space and the right layout to accommodate everyone when they congregate there at the same time.
2. For the home cook who likes to entertain, having the kitchen open to other parts of the house is a great way to make sure everyone is included. People are knocking out walls to create that sense of openness and new homes are built with great rooms (big open spaces that include the kitchen, dining area and living room). This layout is ideal for casual entertaining.
3. A nice big pantry with lots of shelves, baskets and organizers is the perfect place to store all of your cooking and baking ingredients and even works as a spot to store your small appliances when they are not in use.
4. If you like to bake, roll out pies or make preserves, a large work surface is imperative. This can take the form of long countertops or a large kitchen island. If this is your forever home, consider having the island built to suit your height if you are below or above average height. You wouldn’t believe the difference lowering my work surface by just two inches has made for my back and shoulders.
5. If you spend a lot of time standing in the kitchen, your floors matter. Cork flooring offers extra cushion and warmth that most other floors don’t. If you prefer the traditional look of tile, you can have in-floor heating installed to keep your feet toasty too.
6. Good lighting is important so you can see the task at hand, but nothing beats natural light. If your current kitchen has only small or high windows, think about replacing them with larger windows that start at countertop level during your home remodeling.
7. Gas stoves and cooktops are a must since you can adjust the temperature easily and instantly. For anyone who does a lot of cooking, having a sensitive stovetop is definitely an advantage.
You and your family spend lots of time in your kitchen; make sure you clear the clutter and are surrounded by only the things that you love and that inspire you everyday!