One of the biggest challenges for homeowners is space, or a lack of it. No matter how big a house looks before you move in, you soon realize the family room appears overwhelmed by the entertainment center, or the kitchen cupboards seem a little outdated for a growing family. If you find yourself in a similar predicament and believe a remodelling project is in long overdue, then do what hundreds of residents throughout the Greater Toronto Area have done — call the design experts at Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms for a FREE in-home consultation.
Custom Kitchen Cupboards and Other Ways to Maximize Space
In our experience, the first thing a homeowner asks is “How can we maximize space in a small kitchen?” Ultimately, giving a small kitchen a sense of greater space is a matter of two things: Perception, and Physical Changes in terms of floor plan and other design cues. Here are other considerations to talk about:
- Enhanced storage with custom kitchen cupboards. Regardless of space limitations, our design team can offer creative and unique kitchen storage solutions that not only allow you more options for storing food items, but also deftly hide small kitchen appliances and other gadgets until needed.
- Consider the benefits of white, not only in terms of wall and ceiling paint, but also for flooring and kitchen cupboards. White reflects light, thereby creating a sense of space and openness that is enhanced even more when stainless steel appliances are present.
- We also recommend utilizing as much natural lighting as possible. Some kitchens have small or a limited number of windows available — sometimes only one, in fact — but one option we like to talk about are small, tubular skylights that are unobtrusive and provide a tremendous amount of light from their position in the ceiling. Full skylights are popular, too, but are more expensive and require additional work.
- Sometimes, the best way to maximize space in any kitchen is to create more of it. This often means removing one or more walls between the kitchen and other rooms in the house, or building outward. Either option results in a bigger floor plan and creates more room for kitchen cupboards, a butler’s pantry, island, a restaurant style booth for casual meals, or any other number of features the designer and homeowner come up with. It is worth noting, however, that creating more physical space is the most expensive and time consuming option for homeowners. Why? Expanding the floor plan means not only relocating walls or building new ones, but also running electrical wires and re-routing or adding more plumbing fixtures. In any case, the design and installation professionals at Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms are here to assist you every step of the way.
- One of the most cost effective ways to maximize space in a small kitchen is to decide what you need in the kitchen, and clear out the rest of the clutter. You will be amazed at how many shelves in kitchen cupboards are available if you remove place settings you have not used in several years, or how much counter space can be reclaimed if the large toaster oven gathering dust gets tagged for a yard sale.
At Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms, our job is to help homeowners see the possibilities in their residence and find creative and affordable ways to take goals from a CAD drawing to real life. If you are interested in more information,