For some, this will not be hard to determine; but for those sitting on the fence, here are some helpful decision-making steps.
- Is there enough space for you and your family? Counter space, cabinet space and floor space? The refrigerator’s location and shape of counters could be taking away useful workspace.
- If you find that there is often more than one family member working in the kitchen at a time, you may want to consider making more room around the main workspace. If you entertain, an open kitchen plan that allows more socializing between the kitchen and other spaces is a great option.
- Is accessibility an issue for anyone in your circle of family or friends? Including Universal Design principles in the remodel will ensure the space is useable by all people, regardless of age, size or physical ability.
- Before the final planning stage, make a checklist of major and minor problems and keep notes of the features you dislike and those you like the most. When it is time to sit down with a designer or contractor, you will be able to communicate clearly just what you hope for in your kitchen remodel.