How to Renovate a Kitchen Around the Appliances
The kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether you live in an apartment or a sprawling open-concept home, function and style need to work together in a space that often needs to transform from a workspace to an entertainment zone quickly. While Whirlpool designs appliances to simplify your life, taking on a kitchen remodel can seem like anything but simple! Check out the below and help yourself answer the question “where should I begin?”.
The first few questions you should ask yourself may seem simple, but they are often forgotten.
How do you use your kitchen? -> What kind of cook are you? -> How often do you entertain?
If you are cooking 2-3 meals in this kitchen a week, you require a completely different space then someone cooking 2-3 meals a day. Start thinking about the meals that you tend to make, and how your space currently functions. Do you use the oven half as frequently as the stovetop? Is your freezer constantly full? If you frequently entertain, does everyone end up in the kitchen?
Can you work with your existing space/footprint? ->What budget are you working within?
Once you consider how you use your kitchen, the natural next step is to consider the actual size of the space. At this stage you may want to source professional help, but even before you do that you probably have an idea of whether or not you need to knock down a wall or extend the kitchen out (if possible). When renovating your kitchen, the appliances are an important consideration and ideally, you make these decisions early on in the research and planning stages of the renovation. By customizing the build in tandem with choosing appliances, you will create a seamless-looking, beautiful space, while still maximizing the functionality.
Choosing your appliances
It comes without question that there are certain attributes that need to be determined: dimensions, affordability and colour/finish. There are a few key questions to ask when considering your appliances beyond these.
When it comes to a new range, one of the first questions you need to ask is: gas or electric? Depending on your situation, even if you don’t currently have a gas range, it may be a simple switch. It’s something to investigate. In terms of your style, it might be as simple as asking yourself: what kind of cook am I? For instance, induction is powerful and highly accurate in temperature, and requires special cookware. It’s more of a commitment, but can be an invaluable tool for a home cook.
Do you have space for a wall oven and cooktop? In a larger kitchen, this configuration is ideal – the oven(s) can be further away from the rest of the highly used appliances, and they can be at a higher, more accessible level for the avid baker.
With that being said, it is most typical to have an oven and stovetop together as a range. They are available with gas or electricity.
The fridge is not only the largest appliance in your kitchen; it is also the most-used, meaning its functionality is of the utmost importance. Although it seems that choosing your fridge style is merely aesthetic, there are many features that stand out with each style that may determine your choice. French Door and Bottom-Freezers are best if you eat and prepare a lot of fresh food, since the fridge is at eye-level and the cubic feet is larger. Side-by-side is great for that fresh and frozen food balance with lots of door bin storage. Each design can handle oddly shaped items in different ways – consider the past year with your current fridge, have you struggled to fit any items frequently? Flexible storage may be an important factor for your kitchen renovation.
The dishwasher is a luxury appliance to some. Although not necessary in the creation of a beautiful meal, it certainly is key when entertaining, and a big relief in everyday life. The question is, how many times do you use your dishwasher in an average week? You can buy back a bit of cabinet space with a smaller dishwasher if the size of your household or frequency of use allows it. Within the machine, consider whether you tend to put pots, saucepans, serving bowls or large dishes in with the rest of the load, or if you hand wash. Lastly, will the dishwasher be installed under the counter, in an island, or will it be portable on wheels? Often, it’s easiest to have your dishwasher close to the sink.
Since the 1940s, the workspace triangle or Golden Triangle has been the go-to in kitchen design. While this is still a valid design tip, using it as a guideline is far more useful in modern day since kitchens are typically larger than they were 70 years ago. Think of the coveted triangle as a workflow between sink, refrigerator and stove. It is ideal to have little to no obstructions (for instance, having one of the 3 on the other side of an island), and to allow yourself some counter space in between for prep. Consider how the workflow in your current kitchen serves you. Think outside the boss, and be open to potentially rearranging the configuration of your current appliances and sink. In the 1940s, the kitchen was a room to cook in; nowadays it is the heart of your home, where function meets style.