Cost-Effective Design Makeovers For Modern Kitchens

With advances in technology, renovating or designing your kitchen need not be so complicated or costly. When undertaking a kitchen makeover, what should take precedence is functionality. There's no ideal shape or design for your kitchen. What is most important is that you design according to your specific needs and not what the design book says. The kitchen should serve the needs of those who will be using it.

Homeowner's Workbook: How to Remodel Your Kitchen, reports that majority of homeowners will generally be in an exploratory period for about a year or even more as they consider if to hire a professional or adopt the Do-It-Yourself approach to their kitchen makeover.

We have put together several cost effective modern kitchens makeovers design hints and ideas for you.

The Traditional Kitchen Triangle not a Must

The working triangle kitchen philosophy of that last century may not be suitable for the current age. That traditional design tended to emphasize on the triangular formation of fridge/sink/range kitchen format. Vol. 8 (2014) of the International Journal of Designs highlights the contemporary kitchen is a vital home area serving both functional and social purposes. The kitchen of today is best viewed in terms of "stations" serving various uses.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Old Kitchen Stuff

Many of us want to have a new kitchen that has many new gadgets, appliances and devices. Yet we still want to keep most of the old stuff we had in the old kitchen. You must focus on the new place and only keep what is necessary.

Have Adequate Storage Room

A major gaffe typically made during the planning stage is forgetting to allocate sufficient storage space. Make good use of all available space such as overhead cabinets that reach the kitchen roof rather than have empty spaces gathering dust due to lack of use.

Install Suitable Lighting & Enough Power Outlets

Unlike what would be expected in most other rooms, for the kitchen, overhead lighting might not sufficient. Preferably when you're working in the kitchen, the light ought to be in front of you rather than behind as it would cause shadows on the kitchen countertop or workspace.

Make sure your kitchen has suitable and adequate power outlets for all your kitchen devices and room for more in case you decide to expand your appliances later. It would be a disaster if you're to discover only later that you lack enough gas and electric outlets.

Ensure Adequate Working Space & Safety for All

The Sept/Oct 2014 issue of House Magazine suggests that your kitchen ought to reflect the way you actually want to use the kitchen. Their studies found that because home dwellers carry out many other activities in the kitchen besides cooking, the kitchen should be efficient, spacious, well-designed and functional.

It is important to make sure your kitchen is family-friendly and safe. Think of rounded countertops and slip-resistant flooring to minimize potential accidents. Stone floors for example, being more porous might need periodic resealing and repairing while hardwood floors, though beautiful tend to wear out quite fast especially near your sink, fridge and the sink areas giving rise to floors that are uneven.