Often a new year comes with resolutions, goals and new ideas. We leave the past year behind and look towards the future. Why not do the same for your house. You may have magazines, idea books, or just ideas of how you want your home to look or function. Why not make them a reality this year. The next few blogs will dive into a few ideas to make your house a little newer this year.
You don’t have to build a whole new house to make your home feel new again. There are a few renovations or remodels, some big, some small, that can transform your home into a new space for the New Year.
Part 1 - The Kitchen
Let’s start in the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home and can often become the room where everyone and everything gathers. If you want to make a major transformation in your home, start with the kitchen. Now you can make as big or as small a transformation as you would like. Often the New Year just invites organization and cleaning. Do a major cabinet overhaul. Take everything out (which may create a bigger mess to start) and clean and organize all your cabinets. Clean out your refrigerator and freezer too. And since the days are so cold, this is the best time of year to clean your oven and let some of the extra heat spill over into the rest of the house. .
If you are looking for more of a change, paint is always a great idea. Change your wall color or even refinish or paint your cabinets. Think of adding a splash of color by painting the insides of your cabinets or installing a colorful tile backsplash.
This kitchen has a designated cooking space but with extra work space just a few feet away.
Both functional and stylish, the nook above the stove adds detail to the backsplash and convenient storage.
If you are looking for a major change, perhaps a complete kitchen renovation is in your future for the New Year. Talk to a designer and figure out the best and most functional layout for your kitchen. Make your cabinet space work for you and utilize custom features to maximize your space. Specialties, such as roll out shelves, corner lazy-susan cabinets, broom closets and drawer organizers can help you find a place for everything you need in your new kitchen.
And if you find the kitchen to be your inevitable gathering place, think of opening up a wall or connection this space to another room to invite more interaction but maybe in a larger space.