Even if you have a small kitchen in your coastal NC home, there are many ways a simple renovation project can open up space and improve functionality to keep your countertops and cabinets clutter free. A hardworking and well-organized kitchen is within reach. Here are a few ideas to consider to help overcome challenges often associated with a small kitchen.
Purge: Do you really need two different mixers? How about a Keurig®, french press, and standard coffee maker? Gadgets, appliances and other items easily accumulate, so be mindful of what you use most and find new homes for items used less frequently.
Add Custom Cabinetry: After streamlining to the essentials, talk with a designer about how custom cabinetry can accommodate your specific needs and space limitations in your kitchen. You can get more out of your small kitchen when you take a moment to consider ways in which certain features can serve multiple functions. For example, you can add spice racks to the inside of cabinet doors, cabinets can house specially designed compartments for specific gadgets, and cabinet drawers that house special pull-out systems for easy access and organization of your pot and pan collection or bowls and plates. If you’re a true minimalist, consider custom cabinets with open shelving. Open shelving can give the appearance of more space in kitchens with small footprints.
Consider a One-Wall Kitchen: When you’re working with limited square footage, one-wall kitchens can be a great space-saving solution. What’s a one-wall kitchen? Well, it’s precisely what it sounds like. The first step is to work with a contractor or designer to select a single wall to house your countertops, cabinets, and appliances. Next, you’ll want to keep in mind flow and function when choosing the order in which to place these items. For example, it would make sense to install your sink next to the dishwasher so you can easily transfer items. Speaking of sinks, a wall mounted faucet can help open up space for a slightly larger sink. And, when it comes to the cabinets themselves, where possible, consider installing floor-to-ceiling cabinets to maximize your space usage. Be sure to talk with your designer or contractor about what ideas and options might work best for your one-wall kitchen renovation project.
- Consider a Corner Kitchen:
An open and airy space can be created during your kitchen renovation project by positioning your kitchen in a corner and letting it flow into a dining area or breakfast nook. A kitchen island can easily be added to provide additional cabinet space and countertop surface for food preparation, entertaining or even homework.
Your small kitchen can work harder
Taking full advantage of a kitchen remodel in your small space will have your home’s hub working harder for you in no time. To get your creativity flowing, take a look at the beautiful concepts for small kitchens on this site. At The Kitchen Man, we love helping homeowners in Wilmington NC, Carolina Beach NC, Southport NC and beyond customize their kitchen so they can make the most of their investment in new countertops and cabinets. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you design the kitchen of your dreams, even when space is limited!