Is your kitchen dark and gloomy? Do you find it difficult to locate the things that you need to cook, bake or serve meals? If you are unhappy with the look or layout of your kitchen, a kitchen renovation is in order. One of the best decisions I have ever made was hiring a remodeling contractor to assist me with the renovation of my kitchen. This contractor had some great ideas for storage, organization and layout that I never would have thought of. If you are considering renovation work in your home, this blog can help you find ways that a remodeling contractor can help you make the most of the project.
Your kitchen should reflect your passion if you enjoy growing a garden and preserving the bounty. Plan ahead when you are designing a new kitchen so your remodeling efforts will make it easier to process your garden produce in comfort and luxury. This guide can give you a few ideas to get you started.
Idea #1: Add a Second Cooktop
Do you enjoy canning? Consider installing a second range-top only unit just for canning. Gas or electric coil stoves are better for canning, since glass-top stoves can break under the weight of the canner or they may not get hot enough. By installing a separate cooktop just for canning, you can leave the main stove and oven combo free for cooking meals. This is especially useful since canning can take up the stove for the whole day! Having two cooktops also means you have a place to process the canner and a place to heat and cook your jams and jellies, so there are plenty of open burners for everything.
Idea #2: Create Some Space
Food preservation requires space, so plenty of countertops are a must. An island provides more counterspace. You can also add slide out inserts to your existing counters to increase your work area. Opt for under-cabinet mounted appliances, including microwaves, so they don't take up valuable counter space.
Idea #3: Install the Right Sink
A deep sink is a must if you are going to be washing garden produce and cleaning large canning pots. Opt for a large, undivided farmhouse-style sink to ensure you have the most room. Stainless steel is a good option, since it is hard to damage. Porcelain sinks are another attractive choice, but you will have to take care not to chip them with heavy pots.
Idea #4: Increase Your Storage
Preserving from the garden means food storage space is at a premium. Consider adding a walk-in pantry to your remodeling designs. Plenty of open shelves will give you room to store your freshly canned produce in an attractive way. No room for a large pantry? Then try adding open shelves above your regular cabinets, or put in a built-in hutch, to house the extra jars of food.
Idea #5: Go Big On Cabinets
Finally, make sure your new cabinets include some larger ones for housing over-sized food preservation equipment. A cabinet large enough for a large canner or stockpot is a must. You may also need room for other preservation equipment, such as dehydrators.
Keep these tips in mind as you begin working with a remodeling company like Olson Cabinets & Woodworking Inc.