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  • Writer's pictureLynsey West

4 Ways To Maximize Space When Remodeling a Small Kitchen

Every kitchen is made up of different structural engineering, which can make your options somewhat limited when remodeling. Many older homes, especially in the Denver metro area, feature the closed kitchen layout with minimal countertop space and inadequate storage. Luckily, we’ve got a few tips for you to maximize your space, even if you are limited on square footage.

Knock Down Walls

The most obvious way to maximize kitchen space is to add square footage by knocking down a wall. This is a great option if possible, but you will first need to be sure it is not a load bearing wall. If it is load bearing, the wall will need to be replaced with a different kind of support whether it be architectural columns or something else. This can be costly, but will be worth it to have a more open floor plan. On the other hand, a non-load bearing wall will be significantly less expensive and less complicated. One thing to consider is that even though the wall is not load bearing, it can still contain plumbing, electrical wiring, and even gas lines. If you haven’t dealt with this before, it is best to bring in a professional since all of these items will need to be rerouted.

Add Cabinets

The more cabinets, the better. There are endless designs, styles, and colors that you can choose from to make your kitchen look exactly the way you want. Aside from looks, they are great for storage. Your kitchen will look more spacious the less cluttered it is. If there are items or fine china that you’d like to be on display, there are options for glass doors on cabinets so you can get the best of both worlds. In many older homes, there is an abundance of unused space. Adding cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling is just one example of how to maximize space.

Moveable Island

Having a roll away island has numerous benefits. Not only does it provide an extra work space when you are cooking or baking, but you can also move it to a different area when you require more space in the kitchen. Storing the island when not in use will make your kitchen look bigger as well as make it a more functional space for a large group of guests. If you don’t have a space to store the island when it is not needed, there are designs that sit low enough to slide underneath your countertops.

Light & Bright

Using lighter paint colors for smaller areas will make the room look and feel more spacious. While darker colors will actually absorb the light, lighter colors reflect the light, making the room appear larger and more open. Having adequate lighting is another way to make smaller areas look larger and inviting, especially in conjunction with light wall colors. This can be accomplished with natural light coming in through windows, a selection of light fixtures, or both!

At Evoke Custom Builders, we’ve navigated remodels for numerous kitchen layouts and would love to assist you with your remodel process. If you would like a free estimate, please contact us today!

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