When remodeling your kitchen, your focus shouldn’t solely be on how your kitchen will look once you’re done. It’s more important for you to improve the kitchen so that you can work more efficiently in this area. By focusing on efficiency, you can maximize your efforts and budget into getting a kitchen with a better workflow. It will make cooking and food preparation less of a hassle for you.
- When choosing your kitchen appliances, make sure that they’re all Energy Star-qualified. That should reduce your energy expenses significantly.
- Improve the safety level in your kitchen by avoiding appliances lead to hot surfaces, if it’s possible. You can use range-top induction and convection baking, which uses magnetic energy, for example. That can reduce the chances of nasty burns and house fires.
- Keep the cooking, cleaning, and cold storage areas near each other. These are the points of your efficiency triangle. Your cooking range, sink, and refrigerator should be within a meaningful distance of each other without any design interruption that can keep you from moving from one spot of the triangle to another.
A good rule of thumb here is that the total distances of the points of the triangle shouldn’t be more than 20 feet. And the distance between any two points should not be more than 9 or 10 feet. Don’t put in islands and other interruptions between any of the 2 points, so you can dart from one spot to anther effortlessly.
- Free up some work room on your countertop space so you can work more efficiently when you prepare your meals. You should add more cabinet space so you can remove some of the small appliances from the counter top.
- Try to set up your microwave oven over your cooking range, so your 2 cooking functions are in very close proximity to each other. Just make sure that your microwave oven’s ventilation capabilities can integrate with your kitchen’s ductwork and exterior vents.
- You should also pay some attention to your kitchen lighting system. Nowadays, your best option is to use LED light sources exclusively. You can save energy and also reduce the heat produced by the lights when you switch from your usual fluorescent, incandescent, or even halogen lights.
You won’t even have to put in new light fixtures to use LED lights. You can just replace your current bulbs with LED bulbs that fit in those same sockets. Your appliances should also have some LED lights built in whenever possible. In fact, some over-the-range microwave ovens have some LED lights at the bottom to illuminate the range top below.
You may also want to put some LED lighting strip lights along the under-cabinet edges. That should brighten up the work surfaces nicely when you’re busy in the kitchen.
With these simple and easy tips, you can make your kitchen remodeling project a success with the least cost possible.