The largest digital marketplace connecting homeowners with pre-screened home improvement professionals received more than half a million service requests for kitchen improvements in 2015. Interestingly, homeowners focused on fashion over function primarily seeking to hire HomeAdvisor professionals to modernize the appearance of outdated cabinets, countertops and fixtures. If homeowners’ attention on aesthetics in 2015 is any indication for what’s to come in 2016, remodelers should prepare to complete more of the following projects:
Kitchen remodeling ranks among the most popular remodeling projects each year, as kitchens have become the functional and social hubs for many families. Almost every kitchen has a design flaw or something that can be changed to make the space more workable. However, no challenge is quite as difficult as reworking a small kitchen space. If you are on a tight remodeling budget, have building restrictions, or own a condominium where you must work with the space allotted, you do have options to transform your kitchen
A small kitchen does not have to have a small sink. A large sink will make it easier for you to clean large pots and pans, and is a great place to stash the dirty pots before you have a chance to rinse them. If you are in an apartment or a small house, a large sink in the kitchen can serve double duty as a utility sink, too.
New appliances can serve to update and unify a room. All stainless steel appliances are becoming more popular, and not just in contemporary homes. Energy efficiency is a key factor to keep in mind when purchasing home appliances, but the energy efficiency of similar appliances can vary significantly. It is usually more cost-effective to purchase household appliances with high efficiencies.
To prevent illnesses from food-borne microbes and toxins, adults must show children the necessity of handling food safely. Teach children to wash their hands for 20 seconds before touching or preparing food. Clean up spills on the floor and on the counter between stages of food preparation. To prevent cross-contamination, never let raw food and cooked food mix, and do not put cooked food on plates or surfaces where raw food sat. Wash fruits and vegetables before using them, preferably with a vegetable scrubber, and use hot, soapy water to wash all items and surfaces that have been in contact with food. Always cook raw meats to the proper temperature, which is 145 degrees Fahrenheit for pork, lamb, and beef, 165 degrees for chicken and turkey, and 160 degrees for ground meats. Make sure that the temperature in the refrigerator is kept no higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and never leave food out of the refrigerator or freezer for more than two hours.
Once you have your design ideas in place, you can begin to build it. For some homeowners, the project can be done in a weekend. For others, it might take a week or two to get it just the way you want it to be. While instructions will vary if you add features such as sinks, dishwashers, or cooktops, here are some steps for building a basic kitchen island using stock cabinets from a home improvement store. The finished product described here will have a 24 x 60 inch base, with an overhanging countertop that is 39 x 73 inches to accommodate a seating arrangement on one side.