Maryville Tennessee Kitchen Remodel
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Tips for a Successful Kitchen Remodel
Try an island before you buy
If you want more counter and storage space, then adding a center island may be worth the cost. But an island can limit the number of people working in the kitchen, reduce traffic flow to one-way with no passing, and make for cramped quarters. Try out an island before committing to one. Slap together a full-scale model out of cardboard or plywood and live with it for a few days. Make sure you can open your stove and refrigerator doors. No space for an island? Consider a kitchen trolley instead.
Set up a temporary kitchen
A temporary kitchen lets you cook, wash dishes and make your morning coffee while your main kitchen is out of commission. Save a few of your old cabinets and countertops to build the makeshift kitchen. You don’t need a fancy setup —functionality is the goal here. Install the cabinets and cut the countertop to fit, if necessary. Add the items you need for preparing meals. Items like a toaster oven, hot plate, microwave, coffeemaker and refrigerator (even a half-size model would be great).
Make space for a mini office
If you want to use your kitchen as an office, make it part of the remodel. You don’t need a lot of space. A small seating area with a computer station is often adequate. During the remodel, add Internet access and outlets for plugging in your computer equipment. Also add storage space like shelving or a recessed wall cabinet so your paperwork won’t get lost or create a mess.