Opening Up Your Kitchen: What to Keep in Mind

Kitchen style has changed dramatically over the past 80 years or so. They went from being just enough space for a cook to being the new living and gathering space. Below are what you need to know before knocking down the walls.

Making Your Kitchen the Main Event

If Your Home is Older

Older homes weren’t meant to be messed around with. They may have load-bearing walls or pipes in places inconvenient to your open kitchen aspirations. Don’t fret though, there is always a way that you can open the floor plan up while respecting the historical integrity of your house.

Existing Layout

Don’t feel you must keep the existing kitchen footprint. Windows, doors, and hallways usually aren’t where you really need them to be, but if they can’t be moved there are plenty of options to adapt the layout. Ultimately it comes down to your budget but if you are already planning a renovation that includes opening up the walls, plan to move things around.

Be Mindful of Your Lifestyle

Think about how much you cook and entertain. As well as whether you need to be able to see your children playing or talk to guests while cooking. Identify the existing problems you have like appliance size and location, square footage, counter space, etc. This way you won’t be planning in an unnecessary, expensive double range or a large island when a breakfast bar would suffice very well.

Budgeting Your Project

Most people go over their budget absentmindedly, by switching ideas at the last minute and paying a higher price for materials and finishes. Decide what are the most important elements, like cabinets, countertops, and the sink — what you are sure to use and what guests will pay attention to first. Then think about what you could afford to scale back in order to splurge on something else.

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