If you’ve put together a wish list the next step is to determine how much it will cost to remodel your kitchen.
McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog
Recently I met with a client who wanted to remodel a kitchen. Her house was built in 1958 and the kitchen layout and cabinets were original to the home. She told me it wasn't a practical design. She had to get down on her hands and knees to access the lower cupboards, the work triangle didn't provide for modern appliances, food prep space was scarce, the sink had an old fixture that lacked a spray to clean dishes, and the faucet was too low to fill large pots. When she was preparing meals, she often banged her head on an exhaust hood placed over a cook top on a peninsula.
Over the course of time, we experience many changes in our lifestyles and our homes must evolve to adapt to these changes. If you're a parent of young children worried about home safety, a family caregiver attending to the needs of elderly parents, or a person with a disability, you'll want your home environment to accommodate your lifestyle.
When you look at the placement of appliances in a kitchen, have you ever noticed the sink, refrigerator and stove form a triangle? It's not a coincidence. In the 1950s, the University of Illinois conducted a study to determine the most "sensible" kitchen design for a four-person home. Researchers concluded the most efficient way for a "cook" to work was to organize a kitchen's three dominant food preparation areas into a "work triangle." The concept caught on and is still used by kitchen designers today. Kathy Petrocci, one of our Kitchen and Bath Project Consultants, notes that "small kitchens can work as well as large kitchens when functionality is achieved through applying the basic principles of the work triangle."
If you're planning to remodel your kitchen, no matter what style, consider these trends to add function and value to your home.