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?

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