Researching design tips for a kitchen remodel? You have come to the right place! We are often consulted on renovations for larger kitchens, especially when structural changes are considered. Additions and renovations have been our speciality for twenty-five years and counting. But for us at Seth A. Leeb Architect, the best part of home renovations are the ideas that come out of conversations with clients. That being said, we’re going to share our five essential design tips to consider for kitchen renovations that incorporate client feedback.
Tip #1: Think About the Timeline for Your Kitchen Remodel
Logistics, time, and expenses are the three things to think about when setting up your kitchen remodel timeline. Renovating a kitchen potentially means cooking in the dining room for a few weeks or even months while contractors track through your home. Not to mention, if you intend to do the work yourself, it might take longer. Hiring an architect to design your renovation will help you get a design that meets your overall budget. You also get an expert on construction materials, techniques, and New Jersey building codes. It might even increase your home equity!
Tip #2: Consider How Wide Kitchen Walkways Should Be
Have you heard about the kitchen triangle design concept? It is a long-used idea that a cook should be able to move unhindered between the sink, stove/oven, and fridge. Kitchen walkways are not usually part of the work and preparation area created by the triangle. They are the spaces used when people pass through the kitchen and need to be considered during the design stage. How wide should kitchen walkways be? It can be as wide as you like, but the recommended distances are 42 inches minimum near a work area and 36 inches elsewhere.
Tip #3: Define Your Kitchen Design Style
If we had to guess, you’ve been watching home renovation shows to figure out your kitchen design style. Do you prefer an industrial, coastal, cottage, or modern look? Kitchens are more than a cooking space and are often the heart of a home. They are central to everyday life, but also serve as an office, homework area, and entertainment space. Your kitchen design style should complement your home’s architecture and interior design, while reflecting your more practical preferences. Nail down your style before getting too far into planning your kitchen remodel.
Tip #4: Select the Right Kitchen Design Materials
Architectural Digest’s 2024 Interior Design Forecast mentions designers’ increased desire to cut their carbon footprint by suggesting locally sourced materials. They also state that one of the DIY trends for 2024 is the return of stained wooden cabinets. Wood cabinets are now seen as organic and warm instead of outdated and unattractive. With a large budget you can select the ideal kitchen design materials for your flooring, ceilings, walls, light fixtures, cabinets, and countertops. Is your budget more limited? There are affordable quality materials which will still give you a kitchen to love.
Tip #5: Create a Functional Kitchen Layout
Our final design tip is to create a functional kitchen layout that works for your needs and space. Do you love cooking and have a lot of appliances? If you prefer to hide the appliances behind cabinet doors, you might want a U-shaped layout with many cabinets and countertops. Do you have limited space? The corridor (galley) layout design is ideal. Other classic kitchen design plans are one-wall, L-shape, and open-plan designs.