Kitchen Design Considerations for Remodeling in the San Francisco Bay Area:
Storage needs: Do you buy groceries in bulk? Do you have any large pieces of equipment that need to be considered? For example a frequently used blender or mixer that you don’t want sitting on the counter. If there is room, would you like a walk-in pantry?
Physical limitations: Do you or a family member have trouble bending or reaching? Eye level ovens, pull out shelves, pulls rather than knobs & pull down options for upper cabinets are just a few of the possible ways to increase accessibility. A place to sit for prep is another.
Whether you plan to expand the family: If you plan to have children after you remodel, a place to have a high chair should be considered. Additional appliance capacity & grocery storage should also be considered.
Appliance preferences: Do you prefer a range or cooktop & wall ovens? (Eye level ovens are better both for accessibility & multiple cooks, but are more expensive both to purchase & install. Available space is also a consideration.) What size range & refrigerator do you prefer? What is the smallest you would find acceptable if there is limited space? Do you want a microwave, & if yes, what size? Would you also like a wine refrigerator? Newer options that could affect the remodeling plan should also be considered such as an induction cooktop or steam/convection.
Types of cooking you do: If you do a lot of baking in your kitchen, you may want a lower surface to roll out dough. If you do a lot of high flame cooking, a more powerful hood would become critical. Storing utensils & other equipment where you will use it should be considered.
How often you entertain & style of entertaining: If your style of Bay area entertaining is more informal, opening up the kitchen to the dining room could be a remodeling consideration. Counter space for serving, seating for guests inside or just outside the kitchen & perhaps a bar sink are a few of the possible options.
How many people cook at the same time & what tasks do they generally perform: If multiple people will cook/prep, they should not need to cross paths.
Seating/dining space desired: How many people would you like to be able to eat in the kitchen? Would kitchen counter height seating or a breakfast nook be OK? Higher seating isn’t quite as comfortable & nook seating limits ease of access, but both can be more space efficient. (If you do higher seating, be sure to have a railing foot rest – either on the stools or on the support for the countertop.)
Other activities that you would like to take place in the remodeled kitchen: Is space needed for pet feeding, laundry, a planning desk, plant care, a TV?
For your convenience, fill out my ‘Kitchen Planning Guide’ .