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Working With Your Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

by Amy Fanter
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Are you preparing to remodel your kitchen? Having a thorough, detailed plan for what you want to achieve from remodeling is essential. No matter whom your contractor is or what your "dream kitchen" looks like, the first step is always the same: planning for storage, food preparation, and clean-up.

Here are some of the things you'll want to consider as you begin working with your kitchen remodeling contractor.

Remodeling for Your Dream Kitchen

These days, many homeowners are choosing U and L shaped kitchen but galley kitchens are also quite popular. However, no matter what kitchen layout you prefer, it's important to discuss how you utilize your kitchen with your contractor. This way, your remodeling contractor can take your kitchen work pattern into account, helping you to choose the best layout for your unique needs. For example, because many families today have more than one person in the kitchen preparing or cleaning up after  a meal, some remodeling contractors are incorporating various "work stations" into their designs to make it easy for multiple people to work in the kitchen together.  However, there is one basic principle your contractor should be discussing with you, no matter what layout you choose: the classic "work triangle" which refers to the distance between your sink, refrigerator, and stovetop so that food storage, preparation and clean-up is convenient.

Spaced Out Remodeling

In addition to understanding who is typically in the kitchen and how you like to work, your contractor should also have a good understanding of how much food storage and preparation space you'll need. For example, do you do a great deal of cooking from scratch? If so then having ample storage space for utensils and food preparation is essential. However, if you're like most of today's busy homeowners, you'll want to tell your remodeling contractor to plan for ample storage space for all of you "speed scratch" ingredients as well as prepared foods.

If you're looking to get the most out of your kitchen remodeling project, remember, to spend time speaking with your remodeling contractor about how you plan to use your dream kitchen to ensure that it truly is the kitchen of your dreams.

About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, Nevada.

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