Are you thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Many of my clients wish to remodel their kitchens with new cabinets, counter-tops, appliances, or all of the above. Here are some of the following kitchen remodeling tips:

1. Design wide walkways. Paths should be at least thirty-six inches wide. Depending on whether there are going to be one or two cooks in the cooking zone should determine the path width, forty-two inches for one cook and forty-eight for two. Also take into account kitchen islands or peninsulas.

2. If you have children, make sure to put the stove in an area where your children will not catch pot handles or cause spills while running around. Along those lines, make sure the refrigerator is easily accessible to everyone.

3. Find the perfect height for your microwave. Take into account whether you prefer adult friendliness or kid friendliness with a microwave. Microwaves catered to adults should be fifteen inches above countertop level while the ones suitable for kids should be below countertop.

4. Plan space for cabinet doors so they are fully functional and swinging in the proper direction.

5. Determine how you want your island to function, should you choose to have one.

6. Make room for at least fifteen inches of countertop on each side of the cooktop and refrigerator. Also make countertop space near the microwave.

7. If you are a frequent cooker, ideally plan for more counter space especially between the range and sink. To make the kitchen more kid-friendly consider incorporating two countertop heights for baking ease and getting kids involved in the meal preparation process.

8. Getting a second appliance such as a microwave or mini refrigerator is unique and costly but can help keep people out of the cook’s way but able to use the kitchen.

9.  Put a shelf near the range to keep oils, utensils, spices, and other cooking essentials handy. S hooks next to the range are ideal for hanging pots and pans.

10. Have a designated spot for knives that is out of a child’s reach

11.  Install containers in a cabinet that are for glass, plastic, and metal

12.  Make kids’ favorite dishes and snack foods in places accessible to them

13.  Create a message center with a bulletin board, chalkboard, or whiteboard. Store a calendar, notebook, and pens and pencils in a nearby drawer.

14. Put in multiple outlets along the backsplash in order to have electricity wherever you desire.

15.  Purchase items that will make cleaning easier, such as glass refrigerator shelves to catch spills, under mount sinks that do not catch crumbs in the rim, and a matte finish sink that does not show dirt as much as glossy sinks do.

16. Separate your cabinets with details such as glass doors, wine storage, windows or display shelving in order to avoid large, unattractive blocks of doors an drawers