It is rare for a person to find a home that is perfect in every possible way. The key is to know what your must-haves are. If you would like to have a large kitchen but it’s not a must-have, then you may decide that a home with a smaller kitchen is still the right one to buy. In that case, consider the following ideas to help the small kitchen on your new house look and feel bigger.
There are likely areas in your kitchen that can literally create room for you. For example, buy a cover that goes over the sink so you have extra room for chopping. Do a similar thing to cover the burners on your stove to transform them into a workspace. Installing a fold-up table into the wall to pull down when space is needed. Look at any space that is not utilized or is not always utilized and see if you can find a way to make it more useful.
Make Use of Vertical Space
It is likely that are vertical spaces that are not being utilized. Is there a wall above your stove? It may be the best place to hang a pegboard from which you can hang pots and pans. Small spaces under cabinets or above sinks can be outfitted with magnetic strips that hold knives or spices. Don’t forget that you can also use the space on your refrigerator for chalkboards, hooks, and much more.
Use Small Bookcases
Adding a few small bookcases to your kitchen can be very useful. They are narrow, come in many different heights, and provide great storage options. Of course you can use them to store cookbooks, but you can also use them for storing pots and pans, food items, storage containers, dry goods, baskets – the list goes on. Then add hooks to the side for storing aprons and similar lightweight kitchen goods.
Upgrade Your Lighting
It can be very hard to get lighting levels in kitchens right. You may have lighting fixtures that are outdated, which can be upgraded just by cleaning off the bulbs and adding new covers. If you do not have enough light on your prep space and workspace, add lighting under the cabinets with adhesives.
If you have tract lighting or other lighting that allows you to direct it, make sure it is pointing to the “kitchen triangle.” This means the well-worn path from the stove to the fridge to the sink. If you do not have enough lighting, add some.
These are just some tips to help you better enjoy a home that has a small kitchen. If a larger kitchen is a must-have, then you will appreciate the tenacity of the professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices who will work tirelessly to find you your dream home. Call us now at (310) 373-0021 and let’s get started.