Have you ever heard the saying, "the kitchen is the heart of the home?" If that's true, then it is more accurate to say that the kitchen is the powerhouse of your home. From hosting birthday parties and holiday dinners to enjoying casual lunches with family members, a thoughtfully designed kitchen can help bring your dream home alive. And while this space may require a significant investment upfront, in terms of both time and money, its benefits will quickly become evident when looking at the potential return on investment. Below we compiled a few tips and advice on creating an impressive kitchen oasis.
Did you know that the kitchen is the most expensive room in your home to renovate? An article by Master Remodelers states that in upscale kitchen remodels in Pittsburgh, homeowners spend around $128,000. That's a significant investment that isn't always an option for most homeowners.
So, what's the solution? Does revamping your kitchen require a total renovation? Not always. Fortunately, I have some kitchen hacks to open up your kitchen without you having to do a complete makeover that will not require you to spend thousands of dollars.
Hack #1: Hang it high. With an appropriately-installed ceiling rack, long-handled pots, pans, and other utensils can be hung high, making them easily accessible. Use your longest-handled pan as a guide and install a hanging rack high enough above your head.
Hack #2: Play all the angles. Pay attention to the unutilized space in the corners. Typically, you will find a chunky wooden knife block tucked into these corners. Consider installing corner shelving or even placing a magnetic knife strip near a convenient corner.
Hack #3: Shelve it for later. Counters and cabinets don't have to do all of the storage work. Nesting shelving in windows or even on the surrounding backsplash and walls can be a great solution.
Hack #4: Save the sink space. Seldom are you using the sink while prepping veggies, so why not get a large cutting board and lay it across the surface? This way, you turn a sink into a temporary counter.
Hack #5: See the studs. Open up a wall or two in your kitchen to access the recessed space between studs. Subdividing this space with shelves or hanging hooks can be a space saver. Properly finished, these shelves add creativity and simultaneously serve the valuable purpose of creating storage.
Hack #6: Jar it up! Take a mason jar lid and screw it to the underside of an existing shelf or overhang. Now, put items in the mason jar and screw the jar into the lid. Bingo! New hanging storage.
These are just a few ideas to help you make the most of your kitchen space. If you're ready to move to a larger kitchen or want to talk about ways to remodel your current one, we'd love to chat. Our team can help you find the perfect home for sale with the ideal layout and amenities for your needs. Give me a call today, and let's get started!