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Big ideas for small kitchens


Big ideas for small kitchens

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Big ideas for small kitchens
News from ConsumerReports.org:

Just because your kitchen is short on square footage doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish and functional. Consumer Reports talked with designers, architects, and professional organizers to get their best strategies for making the most of every square inch. They shared some common sense and some surprising tricks that can make your small kitchen seem larger.

All of our pros agreed that tailoring a kitchen to the needs of its users is job one. Doing that when you’re working with a limited footprint can be a bit of a challenge. But there are secrets for doing just that.

Start with the work triangle. You’ve probably heard of this concept: the sink, cooking surface, and refrigerator should form the three points of a triangle, with a minimum distance of 4 feet between each, for maximum efficiency. In a small space, it’s natural for you to be tempted to skimp. But “if you don’t use the triangle, you may not be able to open your refrigerator when your dishwasher is open,” says the interior designer and radio host Lee Anne Culpepper of Culpepper Carpets and Interiors in Atlanta.

Prioritize your countertop needs. How much is enough? Here’s what the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recommends:

  • Sink: Plan 24 inches of counter on one side and 18 inch…………… continues on ConsumerReports.org

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Remodel now for home performance improvement and maintenance: Consistent home maintenance raises the value of your home, but more importantly it keeps your home functional and comfortable.

Remodel now to improve home value: Adding a deck, expanding your kitchen, remodeling to open the floor plan and many other projects can increase the value of your home. Smart remodels enhance your greatest investment – your home.

Remodel now to modernize your home: Perhaps it was that moment you realized Hunter green and harvest gold are no longer the “in” colors for today’s kitchens that you thought about remodeling. Replacing cabinets, fixtures, repainting and installing new countertops help to update your home for a contemporary look.

Remodel now while interest rates are low: Interest rates still are low. For homeowners with good credit and accumulated home equity, now is the perfect time to invest in home remodeling projects.

Remodel now to save money by improving energy-efficiency: A home can be considered green when energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, the use of sustainable or recycled products and indoor air quality considerations are incorporated into the process of home remodeling. Professional remodelers increasingly incorporate energy-efficiency and long-life products into their projects.

Remodel now to enhance curb appeal…………… continues on Chron.com

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