A Few Tips To Help Plan Your Kitchen Remodel

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When you remodel your kitchen, you probably spend a lot of time picking out countertops and kitchen cabinets. However, there are many other things to consider when planning your dream kitchen. Here's a look at some of them.

Electrical Outlets

Electrical outlets are very important in modern kitchens. Rather than overloading a few outlets, plan to install more than you think you'll need. Place them in convenient areas on your island and in the backsplash areas so you can plug in a coffee pot, microwave, slow cooker, can opener, and any other appliances you frequently use. Also, don't forget to check the stove outlet. If your kitchen is old and you have old appliances too, you may need to upgrade your outlets so they can handle the energy demands of modern appliances and be grounded properly.

Traffic Control

When you plan the layout of your kitchen, one thing to consider is traffic control. This keeps the area around the stove protected so you don't have to worry about guests and kids hitting against a pot handle. One idea is to place the stove behind the island and a large portion of counter space between the stove and the sink. Position the refrigerator at the other end of the island. This allows kids access to the sink and refrigerator without having to pass by the stove. It also gives you elbow room to work while you cook so you don't have to worry about bumping anyone with a hot pan.

Counter Heights

While you probably want most of the counters in your kitchen to be the traditional height, you may want to set aside a portion of your counters to be lower. If you have young kids, they will appreciate having a low counter they can reach easily. A low counter is also handy for anyone in a wheelchair, and the space isn't wasted since you can use it as an extra dining area by using standard chairs. In addition to counters, you may also want to consider placing a microwave under the counter where it is more easily accessible to kids and those in a wheelchair. Bending down to get something hot out of a microwave is much safer than reaching up over your head.

Lighting

Lighting is important, and it's often not given much thought. Since your kitchen is the hub of your home, it is used often and at all hours of the day. Good lighting is essential so you can read easily and see what you're doing as you prepare food. Not only that, accent lighting can really set the mood for your entire home. You can install lights under the cabinets or over the cabinets. You can install spotlights or recessed lighting. You can even use LED lights and save on energy costs. Some LED lights cast red, blue, gold, or green lights for a dramatic effect.

Remodeling your kitchen is a big job, and planning the changes can be a lot of fun. Just take into account how you will use each appliance and your counter space, so you can create the ideal layout that will be functional as well as visually appealing.

To learn more about kitchen remodeling, contact a company like Wetherington Restoration & Remodeling Inc

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