When we moved into this house 6 years ago, I knew that the kitchen was going to need some serious amounts of work. The house was built in the early 80’s and while it has some nice features, those are slightly overshadowed by the horrendous wallpaper, laminate countertops, and teeny tiny cabinets. I love to cook and a significant portion of my day is spent in the kitchen so I want to make sure it looks good and that it is easy to work in. What makes my dream kitchen ‘user friendly’? Here are a few tips on kitchen remodeling that you may want to keep in mind:
1. Easy of cleaning: Carpeting does not belong in kitchens! While wood floors are nice, they require a bit of care to keep them looking shiny. I really like the look of natural tiles and you can clean up spills with little to no work at all.
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2. Storage space: This is a huge issue in my kitchen! I have teeny tiny cabinets that have very little room in them. I really want roomy cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling to store tall items like vases or other oddly shaped items. I want a pantry that will hold every single spice bottle I bring home without having them topple over constantly!
3. Choose your colors wisely: While I like neutral colors in most areas of the house, for my kitchen I want bold and bright. I currently have light beige laminate countertops and every single stain shows up on them requiring occasional cleaning with bleach to get them out. I HATE bleach but unless I want counter tops with red wine stains I don’t have much choice. I am considering countertop sealer until we can put together enough money to redo the entire kitchen.
4. Natural Lighting: We have a bay window in the kitchen which gives off lots of natural lighting. I would like to take down one section of the wall and open the kitchen up to the rest of the house but I have to check and see if it is a load bearing wall. I love the open floorplan concept but not sure if it will be possible or not.
5. Energy efficiency: When we redo the kitchen we will buy a few new appliances and make sure they are Energy Star certified. I want to get rid of the horrid fluorescent lighting and find something that will allow me to direct light to the places I need it most and not try to light up the entire kitchen.
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.