“Before we bought this house, we lived in a home with a much smaller kitchen,” Jeannie, a Newton homeowner said, “and before that, in my apartment, the kitchen was practically non-existent. Now we’re planning a kitchen remodel, and I’m looking at the plans, thinking what am I going to do with all of this space?”
While having a big, open, airy kitchen can sound wonderful, if you’ve never had a large kitchen before, it can take a little getting used to. As Newton kitchen remodelers, we find it’s easier for homeowners to get accustomed to their new kitchens starting with their storage.
The number one request we get during kitchen remodels is for more storage. Whether it’s food storage – pantries large enough to hold a freezer or two are very popular regionally – or having a place for small appliances to be stored while not in use, having a place for everything is one of the prime benefits of a larger kitchen. Take the time to enjoy putting all of your things in their proper places in your new kitchen. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the new layout, while also being able to enjoy the craftsmanship of your new space.
Another way to acclimate to a larger kitchen is through the process of preparing several meals there. Having your most frequently used spices conveniently available in just the right spot and your refrigerator organized exactly the way you like it can take a little while, but once you’ve got the fundamentals of food prep comfortable, everything else sorts itself out in short order.
A great kitchen designer will work with you to ensure pan and serving dish storage make sense for the way you cook. And one of the benefits of the upscale kitchen remodel is creating task specific spaces within your larger kitchen. For example, the passionate baker appreciates having an area with the stand mixer, oven, and dry ingredient storage conveniently close together. “That part didn’t take much getting used to,” Jeannie said. “I love standing there at the counter, kneading bread, looking out the window at my garden.”