Kitchen Remodeling: What Does Comfortable & Functional Mean?
When you think about how you want your kitchen remodel to look, you might be able to rattle off a collection of finishes and equipment that are part of every kitchen in every photo of every board on your Pinterest page:
I get it. You want your kitchen remodel to look beautiful! So do I! However, if you’re planning a pre-retirement kitchen remodel, you will want to think about how your kitchen functions and how comfortable the kitchen is.
What do I mean by comfortable? Do you remember the last time you needed a specific casserole dish? Or a plastic storage bin? Did you have to reach higher than your shoulders to get it? Or crawl around on the floor? Look into a dark cabinet, squinting and straining?
Was it comfortable? Probably not! If you want to avoid that scenario in your new kitchen, then keep on reading and make sure you watch the videos too!
Kitchen Remodel: Microwave Placement
Over-the-range microwaves are THE WORST. If I could, I would eliminate them as an option. It’s not a very comfortable option for anyone who is vertically challenged and it’s not really a safe option for anyone. The potential for burns related to the hot surface below is much higher than other options.
So what can you do? There are so many great options:
- Microwave drawers
- Microwave/oven combos
- Microwave shelves (that are lower than wall cabinet height)
Check out the video and images below for more ideas!
Kitchen Remodel: Storage
Storage is such a big piece of creating a comfortable and functional kitchen. How you store your food, cooking tools, and storage containers is everything! You need storage that is located between your nose and your knees for items that are used frequently. You also need an organization system in place. AND you need these storage areas to be well lit and easy to access.
In the video below, I talk about ways to create storage that won’t have you crawling around on the floor and reaching blindly into dark cabinets!
Remodeling for Comfort: A Place to Sit
One easy way to create comfort in your kitchen is to have a place to sit when you are prepping food. This can be table height (approximately 30″) or counter height (approximately 36″), but should never be bar height (approximately 42″).
If you are getting ready to do a kitchen remodel consider adding one of the following to your new kitchen:
- A 30″ wide section of counter surface that is table height
- An “eat in” area of the kitchen that can serve as a prep surface
- Island seating that is counter height
- Eliminate any “bar height” seating in your kitchen
Learn more about seating in the video!
If you are planning a pre-retirement remodel and you feel like it’s all too much and like you’ll make a mistake, let me help you! In my Feathering Your Empty Nest course, I can take show you how to create a comfortable and functional home without sacrificing an ounce of luxury or style! Even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body!
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