Kitchen Remodeling Guide

Remodeling Your Kitchen? Read This! - This Old House

Kitchen remodeling is among the most popular of remodeling projects each year, as kitchens have become the center of activity in the home. Remodeling your kitchen is expensive and a lot of work. But a well thought out, detailed plan could produce a kitchen where you will enjoy years of memorable experiences.

The planning phase of your remodel is the time to Kitchen Remodeling Los Angeles keep in mind the “work-triangle”. This is the area of the kitchen from the refrigerator to the cooking area to the sink. Connecting these 3 areas should form a triangle. This triangle helps to keep your cooking activities in one area, with everything you need close by.

Under cabinet lighting has become quite popular. And because they free up valuable counter space, under cabinet mounted appliances are also in demand. If you are planning on using under cabinet lighting with under cabinet mounted appliances, or a kitchen cabinet accessory, or paper towel dispenser, decide where each will go in the planning phase.

Hiring A Professional

Unless your talents lie in this area, hiring a professional will save you many headaches as your project unfolds. There are lots of professionals out there – interior designers, contractors and architects. Pick one that specializes in the kitchen. Most of these kitchen specialists are certified by the NKBA and can be found on their website

A knowledgeable designer/planner should discuss how you live. Generally people know what they don’t like. However, they may not know what they will like or what may fit in with their lifestyle and how they use the kitchen. For instance, someone that is concerned about cross contamination and unwanted germs in the kitchen might want to consider some of the “no-touch” products available now.

These products include a “no-touch” automatic paper towel dispenser that mounts under your cabinets and uses the same paper towels you use now, a “no-touch” faucet, “no-touch” trash
can and a “no-touch” soap dispenser. An avid cook may want to consider refrigerator drawers next to their food prep area, keeping recipe ingredients within easy reach.