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Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation

The Need and Benefits of Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation

The kitchen today is no longer a simple room designated for preparing food and eating, but rather a commonly occupied room used for family dining, socializing, office work, and much more. Being the main workplace for homemakers, special attention must be paid when considering kitchen remodeling or renovation.

Remodeling kitchen adds value to your home. Sometimes few simple changes make the kitchen user-friendly, shunning the need for a complete remodel. Kitchen is the most versatile room in any household. Investing in kitchen remodeling and renovation is a wise decision since it gives great return on investment besides providing a better work environment.

Basic Guidelines for Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation

Before considering kitchen remodeling it is important to research designs from various sources until you have found the design that caters to all your needs and is perfect for your kitchen. A well thought-out kitchen design accommodates the three basic kitchen functions, that is, food preparation, storage, and cleaning. Hiring an architect or kitchen remodeler is the easiest way to carry out the design process. These professionals assist in organizing ideas and integrating specific want and needs into the design.

Hiring an architect however, turns out to be the most expensive option and hence a lesser popular approach when considering kitchen remodeling and renovation. Design/build firms follow a more popular and practical approach used by homemakers these days. This approach saves the homemaker in getting involved in the minute structural details and turns out to be less expensive. Kitchen size, appliance placement and use, cabinets and storage, equipment controls, current trends and most importantly the budget also need to be considered thoroughly when initiating the remodeling process.

Methodologies Applied in Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation

Kitchen is the center of all the activities taking place in the household. Considering this, a special design called the ‘kitchen work triangle’ was developed to make moving around the kitchen much more efficient. In this design approach, the three points of the triangle refer to the sink, cook top, and the refrigerator. The basic idea behind this layout was reducing the flow of traffic within the kitchen by creating short and comfortable distance between all the major areas of the kitchen.

Proper selection of colors, finishes, and textures add to the aesthetic appeal of the kitchen. Another kitchen remodeling idea is to provide more than one work center, thereby allowing more than one person to work efficiently at a time in the kitchen. In smaller kitchens, separating the stove and microwave oven can create extra work area. The advent of technology led to the creation of specialized software that aid in creating a layout and design suitable for your needs.

Most of these software packages are however designed for professional use. These programs provide better visualization on how your design will look and offer suggestions and notify the mistakes. Since software is not properly equipped with the minute details of your exact kitchen, it is advisable to consult a professional for best results. Following the basic guidelines will result in a cost-effective and stress-free kitchen renovation with satisfying outcome.

 

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