As potential buyers look at homes for sale, they generally have some idea of what they must have, what they want, and what they do not want. In many cases, they say they absolutely must have a big kitchen. We have found that if a house is otherwise perfect, buying a home with a small kitchen can actually be easier than you think. Check out these ideas on how to make it work and then contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at (310) 373-0021 to find the right home for you.
Donate Unneeded Items
You may have cupboards and drawers full of kitchen gadgets that you spent a pretty penny on. It can seem impossible to get rid of them but think critically about them. Do you really use them? Are they actually in good shape? If you have not used something for at least a year, then you likely do not need it and can safely donate it.
Take Advantage of Vertical Options
You can truly make the most of your kitchen only if you are using the vertical space. Options include installing a magnetic knife strip to keep the knife block off your counter, hanging racks to keep your pots out of precious drawer space, mounting dish drying racks above your sink to keep the counter clean, and adding rods and hooks for hanging small tools, oven mitts, etc. This may sound cluttered but if everything is clearly in its place, it will end up looking beautiful and organized.
Include Your Cleaning Tools as Part of the Décor
Yes, your cleaning tools can be beautiful. Does this seem strange? It may – but think about it this way: Your cleaning tools are likely out for everyone to see. Why allow them to be an eyesore? Chose a wooden broom that adds character. Buy a glass soap dispenser that fits in with your décor. These small touches may cost more but they can make a big impact.
An Island Goes a Long Way
If you have room to install an island – even a partial island – it can virtually double the space you have to work in. If you do not have the space for a permanent island, consider one on wheels. You can store it in a nearby room – or even use it as a bar cart in the living room – and wheel it into the kitchen when it is needed. Not only can islands provide surface area on which to cook, but they can provide much-needed storage space too.
If you are interested in finding the perfect home – whether it has an enormous kitchen or a tiny one – we look forward to hearing from you. Contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at (310) 373-0021 and let us get started on the hunt for you right away.