Kitchen remodeling can be a complicated job, which is why it isn’t surprising that many people forget to do certain tasks or implement certain design ideas. Here are a few design principles and practices commonly neglected when kitchens are remodeled.
Access to the “kitchen triangle”
The sink, stove and refrigerator comprise the three points of what is known as the “kitchen triangle”, which is the most important area of the kitchen. This is where most of the activity in the kitchen takes place, which is why it is important to plan for plenty of room and unobstructed access.
You would be surprised at how much stuff you will have to store in your kitchen. Most people neglect to allot enough space for all the appliances, groceries, and accessories, and only realize too late that they should have designed the kitchen for more storage. When kitchen remodeling, make sure that you can access your stuff easily and that they don’t get in the way of your other tasks.
Countertop work space
Many kitchens end up with far too little counter space once all the appliances and fixtures are installed. Make sure to plan for enough space on and around the counter areas, with everything you need easily accessible but not in the way when you work.
For most people, kitchen lighting is simply a matter of installing one or two overheads and calling it a day. In order to enhance your workflow and produce a more pleasing effect, you should plan your lighting so that the most important areas are well-lit. If necessary, you may have to add a few spots of ambient lighting in order to avoid harsh shadows and to enhance the appearance of your kitchen.
Another commonly neglected aspect of kitchen remodeling, ventilation is absolutely essential for a safe and comfortable kitchen. A good ventilation system can be costly but the investment will pay for itself many times over in the coming years.