Revising Kitchen Layouts

by Debra

in Kitchen, Remodel Ranch Home, Room Ideas

Watch any remodeling show on television and you’ll see how important the kitchen is for resale value. Revising kitchen layouts is more than merely replacing the appliances or painting the walls, although having the most up-to-date appliances and a new coat of paint can’t hurt. It could mean knocking down walls, switching out cabinets, and much more.

Before thinking about updating your kitchen, decide what you would like to do and how much you are willing to spend. Make a plan and stick to it as far as spending is concerned.

Many ranch style homes have similar kitchen layouts. The stove and refrigerator are usually on one wall with the sink on another. Quite often, especially with older ranch style homes, the color of the counter tops and appliances is outdated. Revising kitchen layouts is one of the best ways to get the most back when selling a house.

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What do you hope to accomplish by remodeling or revising the kitchen? Do you need a larger kitchen or would you like to change the flow of traffic? Would you like to purchase new appliances but need to make revisions to the room first? These are all good reasons for revising kitchen layouts.

Determine the lifestyle of your family when making plans to remodel your kitchen. Do you or others in your family spend a good amount of time cooking? Creating a baking area would probably be appreciated. Do you expect to entertain often? You may want to enlarge the area of the kitchen.

How can you revise the kitchen layout to best suite your needs? You may want to knock out a wall to open up the kitchen into the dining room. Adding a new pantry or food storage area closer to the stove may move your refrigerator over which would alter the traffic pattern.

After you’ve knocked out a wall to extend the area of the kitchen, you may want to add an island in the center of the room. Place a hanging pot rack to keep your pots and pans easily accessible. You may also like to add a desk or communications area in which to keep all your family files.

When revising kitchen layouts, be sure to keep in mind the amount of money you’re willing to spend. You don’t want to get a job started and then not have the money to complete it. You can increase the value of your home and improve the kitchen of the home you live in.

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