Small kitchen im­prove­ments that max­i­mize func­tion­al­ity

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - NATIONAL NEWS -

Many home­own­ers wish for ex­pan­sive kitchens. Mod­ern­ized kitchens that in­clude sought af­ter fea­tures and show­case the lat­est trends go a long way to im­prov­ing the over­all value of a home. As de­sir­able as such kitchens may be, some homes sim­ply don’t have enough space for a cen­ter­fold-wor­thy kitchen fea­tur­ing an is­land, wine re­frig­er­a­tor and walk-in pantry. How­ever, home­own­ers with small kitchens can still im­prove the form and func­tion of their ex­ist­ing spa­ces.

Re­con­fig­ure and re­vamp cab­i­netry

Home­own­ers whose kitchens are small of­ten lament their lack of stor­age. Re­design­ing the lay­out of cab­i­nets, and pos­si­bly ad­ding some more cab­i­netry, may take care of cer­tain stor­age is­sues. The ex­perts at Merit Kitchens sug­gest uti­liz­ing corner space with LeMans units, lazy su­sans and other gad­gets to make ac­cess to these ar­eas eas­ier. Go­ing ver­ti­cal with wall cab­i­nets that ex­tend to the ceil­ing also can add more stor­age, as can roll-in work carts.

Work with the walls

Small kitchens re­quire clever us­age of ver­ti­cal space. Ver­ti­cal stor­age units, hooks, shelv­ing, and more can move items out of draw­ers and off of coun­ters. Con­sider an un­der-the-cab­i­net toaster oven and mi­crowave to cre­ate more counter space.

Use scaled-down ap­pli­ances

Shop with size in mind when look­ing at new ap­pli­ances if you have a small kitchen. Com­pact ver­sions won’t take up as much space as larger al­ter­na­tives. Home­own­ers should con­sider the ul­ti­mate func­tion of the kitchen and then think about which ap­pli­ances will serve them well. Home­own­ers with small kitchens may not need a large stand mixer or an over­sized com­mer­cial stove.

Add some glass

The DIY Net­work rec­om­mends in­cor­po­rat­ing glass to im­prove the per­cep­tion of space in small kitchens. Glass lets you see through the ob­jects, thereby en­hanc­ing the feel­ing of spa­cious­ness or what de­sign­ers call “neg­a­tive space.” Glass also can be re­flec­tive, vis­ually ex­pand­ing the space.

Em­brace high-end ma­te­ri­als

It costs less to ren­o­vate small spa­ces than big­ger ar­eas, so home­own­ers may be able to af­ford high-end ma­te­ri­als that re­ally add per­son­al­ity to a kitchen. Floor­ing, counter ma­te­ri­als and qual­ity fix­tures can re­ally set small kitchens apart. Small kitchens can be culi­nary havens with the right im­prove­ments to max­i­mize the space.

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