Are you seeking a new, updated look for your kitchen? This room is one of the most important in the house and one people spend a lot of time in, so it’s understandable that it’s one of the most popular areas to remodel. However, kitchen remodels can be extensive projects, and it’s common for people to overlook some small yet important details. Missing these small details can cause your remodel to be less effective than it could be, and can make it harder to achieve the look you desire. Here are some often-overlooked aspects during kitchen renovations:
Outlets and Switches
When remodeling, take the time to notice details like the wall outlets and switches. If they look dated, are unmatched, or are an unattractive color, they will stand out against your new appliances and sabotage your remodeling efforts. Even though they’re small and easy to miss, they can make your whole room seem less cohesive. When you are replacing outlets, consider updating to newer technology like outlets with USB ports for charging devices, and smart switches or outlets if you’re integrating smart home technology.
Install outlets inside drawers or cabinets to create charging stations for small appliances or to keep clutter off the countertops. Also, make sure to use GFCI switches where needed to ensure your wiring is up to code and safe. Of course, you should always work under the guidance of an electrician when handling wiring, outlets, and switches.
While planning for your kitchen remodel, take the time to ensure proper ventilation for cooking areas. Many older kitchens didn’t have proper ventilation or weren’t updated as they should have been and need to be evaluated. Consider upgrading your vent hoods or installing a new one if you didn’t have one before. Remodeling is also a good time to check and clean existing ductwork to avoid unpleasant surprises later.
While remodeling, make sure you plan for adequate storage solutions, including pull-out shelves, pantry organizers, and deep drawers for pots and pans. Utilize vertical space with tall cabinets or open shelves, and plan where to store difficult, odd-shaped, or large items. Your kitchen will be more efficient and you will be able to use it better if you organize and plan around your usual cooking habits.
Remodeling is a good time to install under-cabinet lighting to enhance task lighting and add a touch of ambiance. It’s often forgotten but can significantly improve the overall kitchen experience and it’s easier and cheaper to install while you are already working on your cabinets and wiring.
Remember that adequate task lighting in food preparation areas is crucial. Ensure that there is ample light over the sink, stove, and countertops. Consider whether you need to add spot lighting, under-cabinet lighting, or can lights to improve the lighting in these areas.
Trash and Recycling Bins
Don’t forget about your trash and recycling while you’re planning your kitchen remodel. If you can, integrate a dedicated space for trash and recycling bins, preferably near the sink or cooking area for convenience. Make sure you plan for the future and ensure that the area you set aside for your bins is large enough, child-proof, and easy to access.
A remodel is a great time to consider adding a water filtration system if you don’t already have one. It’s a small investment for improved water quality and increased convenience. It’s also easier to install while you are already working on the space. A high-quality water filtration system can even add to your home’s value in some areas.
One thing that can be easy to miss if you install your own flooring is transitions. Pay attention to the transitions between different flooring materials, especially if you have an open floor plan. A seamless transition can make the space look more cohesive. If you have to change between two different types or levels of flooring, make sure the transition coordinates with the flooring on both sides and provides a smooth transition.
While working in your kitchen, try to install safety features like anti-scald devices for faucets and childproof locks if you have young children. Also, consider planning for the future and making it easy to add these features later if you decide to have children or sell the house to a family.
You should also consider the long-term and plan for accessibility. Consider whether you should install easy-to-reach cabinets, lever-style handles, and other features that make the kitchen user-friendly for people of all ages and abilities.
Cabinet hardware is essential in pulling a look together and modernizing a room. While remodeling, don’t forget to pay attention to details like matching hardware for cabinets, drawers, and faucets to maintain a cohesive aesthetic. Even if you’re doing a small remodel, changing your cabinet hardware can help you modernize and update your look and bring your remodel together.
Sealing and Grout
Grout and sealing must be done well during any kitchen remodel. If you are doing any of the work in your kitchen yourself, make sure to properly seal countertops and backsplashes to prevent staining. You also have to seal any areas where water might stand or intrude into your countertops, around the edges of sinks and faucets, and along any countertop seams. It’s important to ensure grout lines are properly sealed as well.
Kitchen remodels can be exhausting, expensive, and time-consuming but when done well they can be a great way to add value to your house and create a space you love working in. By addressing these often-overlooked details, you can enhance the functionality, safety, and aesthetic appeal of your kitchen remodel, and you will be happier with the end product.