Hingham: Kitchen Life is all about Family Life.
In many families, the kitchen becomes the heart of the home. Families gather in the kitchen in the morning to start their day; kids play or do homework in the kitchen while parent prepares dinner; and it always seems to be the place that people gather during parties and family events. Your kitchen ends up being more than just a functional room, it becomes a public place, and many kitchens are not designed for such current lifestyles.
Which is just one of the many reasons that kitchen remodeling is on the rise! You may be in need of just a fresh look with new cabinets and counter tops, or more function with a new layout, or perhaps it’s time for that gourmet kitchen, with professional-grade appliances and capabilities.
When you think of good kitchen design what do you think of? Fabulous appliances, gorgeous cabinets, with the beautiful floors and counter tops? That’s all true, but even though those items will eat up at least half of your budget they’re not the half of it! Good kitchen design is about two far less exiting things: Organization and Storage.
In order to perform all your daily kitchen tasks quickly and easily, everything will need to be stored in places that create optimal organization. There often is no right answer for every one. A lot depends on the size of your kitchen, the people in your house, your cooking habits, and personal tendencies. You should always consider your personal needs in designing a kitchen, and Almar has a survey that can help you get started.
What about kitchen offices or message centers?
Because the kitchen is so central to many families’ lives now, many people are adjusting the layout of their kitchen to include a work space for the family.
Have you ever had peanut butter & jelly, or sauce smeared on you car keys, or your papers, or laptop? Have your counter tops become a dumping ground for the daily mail, permissions slips and keys? Then you know exactly why kitchen offices have become so popular and you can probably benefit from one!
When planning the kitchen office, you want to make sure it becomes the center for the family communications and can make your daily tasks easier to accomplish. You should always put the kitchen office outside of the work triangle, where traffic will be lighter. Options include the end of a long counter, an unused corner or nook, or a transition area from the kitchen to another space. If you have a smaller kitchen, consider utilizing space in a nearby closet, pantry, dinning area, or mudroom.
One other design feature that you must consider during your kitchen renovation is the “work triangle” I mentioned above. The work triangle makes up the space between the stove, refrigerator and the sink. Because most of the cooking takes place in this triangular space, it’s important not to place these appliances too close together or too far apart. You should also consider the likely traffic patterns with the new layout. How many people will normally be cooking at a time, who else will be in the space while cooking is happening. Your family and guests will feel the most comfortable and be the safest if the space they occupy in your kitchen is outside of the work triangle. No one likes to feel they are “in the way”!
Remodeling is a rewarding and yes, sometimes-stressful process. Besides adding value to your home, a good kitchen remodel will increase the functionality of your house, increase the time and energy you have to spend with your family, and make being at home with your family more enjoyable!
Our family has been working with families like yours for 55 years. And it is important to use that everyone works together to create the best possible remodeling experience. We never want to see someone regret the choice they made because they didn’t have all of their options. If you have questions about your home improvement project or would like more information on Kitchen Contact Almar: https://www.almarbuilding.com (781-826-2577) and watch our videos: http://www.youtube.com/almarbuilding
Almar Building & Remodeling Co (Hanover Ma). As a third generation family owned and operated company for over 50 years Almar Building has all the benefits of a small company with the options of a larger company. From Additions, Kitchens, Bathroom, Basement Renovations, Siding, Windows, to Doors Almar services the entire South Shore of Massachusetts including: Hanover, Hingham, Pembroke, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanson, Abington, Rockland, Holbrook, Braintree, Weymouth, Milton, and many more towns.