Remodeling Your Small Kitchen? Ask Yourself These Questions First

A kitchen renovation can provide an entire new look for one of the most-used rooms of your home. But renovating a small kitchen can seem like an impossible task since most of the features you might want won't fit in your room. However, you can tailor the end result to your needs by asking yourself a few simple questions. The answers will help you and your contractor design a kitchen that is versatile and stylish.

What do you use the counters for the most?

The counter material you use doesn't make any difference for the size of the room. But how you use the counter can decide how the new counters and cabinets are arranged.

Do you frequently cook meals from scratch including advanced techniques such as butchering your own meat? You're going to need a clear work area and a handy place to store your knives and cutting boards. You may opt to eliminate one overhead cabinet to provide you more workspace in the corner of the counter. Then you can mount the cutting board and knives to the wall using magnetic strips.

If you mostly eat packaged food, then you won't want to lose any cabinet space. But you also have fewer countertop needs. This means that you can actually have longer cabinets that provide less clearance between the bottom of the cabinet and counter. You will still have room for basic food prep needs and you don't have to try and shove your cereal boxes diagonally into a small cabinet.

What kitchen items do you need within easy reach?

This was touched on by how you use your counters. But expand the thought to include what you need immediately within reach. This can include plates, spices, utensils or simply some plastic storage containers and your lunch bags.

For spices and utensils, talk to your contractor about ways to mount these to either the wall or the back of the cabinet doors. If you have a nice set of dinnerware, consider leaving off one cabinet door to both showcase your settings and make it far easier to grab a plate or glass when needed.

Only need to reach your storage containers and lunch bag? Ask if there's some way to convert most of the cabinets into a multi-tiered storage system for your packaged foods.  

Is there any other home area for kitchen-goods storage?

Kitchen storage might not have to be a priority in the remodel if you have an adjoining room that can serve as a new pantry. This might be a towel closet in the hallway, the mudroom leading outside or even an unused small bedroom. You can even convert a bathroom if you want to add a bathroom remodel contractor to your project.

Ask a contractor, such as George Walker Construction, to build or purchase floor to ceiling shelving units and bins that can be used to hold and store your pantry items. Use a labeler to identify what's in the bins so that you can store canned and boxed goods vertically, which better uses the space.