A kitchen remodel can be fun, especially when you work with an experienced designer who smooths the way. But it is also daunting – so many details! Before you get to the fun part such as style and décor and choosing new appliances, consider function first.
Of course, the function will be a beautiful, well-planned, efficient place to cook. But what else do you require from a kitchen space? Since remodels are costly investments meant to last from a couple of decades or until you move to another home, you want to make the most of this opportunity.
Try this exercise: take out your favorite note-taking device and make a list of everything that happened in your kitchen in the last 24 hours. That list is likely to be pretty long. Now put a check mark next to the functions your kitchen currently serves pretty well, and a minus sign next to the functions it struggles to support. The negative functions are the ones you’ll want to address in your remodel. If you’re not sure how, ask a professional.
Centuries ago, the kitchen was the hub of the home because of the hearth, which provided warmth. More than that, it was the cooking, drying and even bathing area. We do not bathe in washtubs anymore, but we do practically everything else in today’s larger kitchens besides cooking and food preparation.
- There is food storage
- Children may do homework there
- A desk may serve for meal planning, or as a mini office with a computer
- There could be an adjacent laundry room
- A beloved collection of cookbooks or glassware collection to display
- An island may serve as a buffet table for entertaining
- The kitchen may be open to adjoining spaces so you can keep an eye on children and guests.
A kitchen remodel is of course a significant investment. It is important that you design, plan, and build a space that serves the needs of your entire household for the life of the kitchen. Once you’ve plotted how it needs to serve your functional needs, it’s easier to choose the layout and design elements to make it a beautifully functional space for years to come.
Engaging an interior designer does not have to feel like a big commitment. We offer what we call a Design Agreement. For a minimal upfront cost, you get to tap into the knowledge, experience, and resources of our team. At the end, you will have a picture of the proposed design and/or a layout plan to keep. If you see the value in what we offer, we put the cost of the Design Agreement towards your project for the build out of it. It is that simple and the results will be stunning!
To speak with one of our expert designers at 3W design, inc. please call (603) 226-3399 and they will be happy to discuss your kitchen remodeling project with you!