While finished basements have become some of the most popular renovation projects over the past two decades, kitchen remodeling is often considered a very strong investment. A kitchen remodel is a major project to undertake. By the end of it, all of your family’s needs should be fulfilled. Although the adults will make the most practical use of the kitchen, the kids will undoubtedly be running in and out of it and will hopefully even pitch in with some of the chores.
Install An Island (Or Two)
Kitchen islands are becoming a staple in modern kitchen designs with open floor plans. For many families, the kitchen island becomes a multi-use space for prepping and cooking food, eating meals, and working on homework. By splitting a traditional island into two separate islands, you’ll have created two distinct places for these tasks. This way, you’re prep station is taken over by books and backpacks and the kids can turn in assignments without sauce stains on them.
Choose Slip-Resistant Flooring
Every year, homeowners remodel more than 10.2 million kitchens. With your kitchen remodel, you have the opportunity to make even the floors perfectly safe for the smaller members of your family. In any busy household, spills are bound to happen every day. You can lessen the danger of those spills when you install slip-resistant flooring. There are plenty of stylish options for this safe kitchen flooring. Stone tile with a honed, tumbled, hammered, or flamed finish gives your kitchen a natural design and makes for great traction. You could install certified slip-resistant tile, textured vinyl, or cork to also prevent the kids from slipping in the kitchen.
Make Storage Easy To Reach
Traditional kitchens do not tend to be built with shorter people in mind. Build in some lower cabinets and drawers to hold the plates, bowls, cups, and utensils for the kids. When it comes time to empty the dishwasher, you can get the kids involved in putting them away now that they can easily reach the storage area. You can also lower part of the countertop to their height so that they have an area to safely prepare their own food or help with dinner, rather than trying to stand on chairs to get to higher levels.
Remodeling your kitchen is a very exciting process, as you get to choose the countertops, cabinets, floors, and appliances that really speak to you. As you remodel, keep in mind that you can customize your kitchen to the benefit of everyone in your family, even the littlest members.