Did you know, according to the NY Times, almost 80% of American households cook and eat dinner at home five or more nights during the week? Part of this has to do with the savings associated with cooking at home on our favorite gas cooktops versus going out to eat every night. However, a large part of it has to do with the food TV revolution.
Consider, there were very few cooking shows 15 years ago. Julia Child, the Frugal Gourmet, and a few others were making their rounds. Frankly, they paved the way for Food Network and other important cooking channels. However, it was not until the mid-2000′s when things really took off.
Now more than ever, Americans want to be able to cook at home like their favorite chefs. They want to be able to cut, bake, steam, and braze with the best of them. If this sounds like you, then a kitchen remodel may be just the thing you need for success. If you are looking for a professional, modern look to your home kitchen, incorporating ceramic kitchen sinks and other popular features, read on.
- Plan out Your Remodel for the Space You Have
- Do Not Simply Buy; Invest!
- Think Practical and Beautiful
- Do Not Forget About Lighting
First thing is first. You need to plan out your remodel for the space you have. As Houzz writes, just because you love certain kitchen ovens and certain kitchen sink brands does not mean they are going to fit into your kitchen. Measure the dimensions of your space before you waste money on anything you cannot use.
HouseBeautiful recommends that you do more than buy when you remodel your kitchen. Instead, think about investing. For example, ceramic kitchen sinks are resistant or immune to much of the wear and tear their metal counterparts go through. The best kitchen cabinet brands can hold a lot more without breaking, lasting far longer. A larger investment now means less in the future.
As Martha Stewart writes, you need to think about practicality and style when you are remodeling any room in your home, kitchens included. Many surfaces can be difficult to clean, are easily damaged, and are ugly to boot. However, stainless steel dishwashers and ceramic kitchen sinks, for example, are easy to clean, great to look at, and will last a long time.
Of course, when ever your are wielding blades, boiling liquids, and the same peppers that go into tactical-strength mace, you have to see what you are doing. Unlike your dining room and living room, you want your kitchen to be bright. After all, you need to avoid hurting yourself. Overhead lights are especially useful for bathing the room efficiently for your safety, your children’s, and your guests’.
If you want to cook like your favorite TV chefs or you simply want a better space to prepare your family meals in, keep these four tips in mind. They can help you save money in the long-term while giving you the space you have been wanting. What are you waiting for? Get out there and start chopping.by