Small Kitchen Design and Remodeling
At Birch Tree Design and Remodeling, we know that the kitchen is often the heart of a home. A place to welcome everyone together over the preparation and enjoyment of a shared meal. Unfortunately, your efforts may not be ideal if your kitchen area is small and poorly laid out. Not all homes have the space for a large kitchen but with a good kitchen design your small kitchen can seem like a spacious haven.
We can help you design and remodel your current kitchen to utilize the space you do have with great ideas about efficiency of space, workflow, and certain design elements. Good small kitchen design effectively finds storage solutions, multitasking space, and provides aesthetic appeal. By making smart design choices, you can unlock the true potential of your small kitchen.
Things to Consider For Small Kitchen Design
Did you know the average kitchen size in the US is 103 square feet in homes under 1,500 square feet, while the average kitchen is 238 square feet in homes over 4,000 square feet? Making a small kitchen functional and feel more spacious is a great way to improve your living space. A key thing is to not sacrifice style for functionality. You can have a small kitchen that is both beautiful and practical. You just need some smart design ideas to make the most of your space.
Use Light Colors and Reflective Surfaces
Colors are a key aesthetic to a design and yet in this scenario will create the spacious feel you are going for. Pastel hues like soft cream, pale blue, or light gray can open up your kitchen, while adding a dash of reflective surfaces such as stainless-steel appliances, glossy cabinets, or a mirror backsplash, will bounce light around, creating an illusion of space and size.
Choose the Right Layout
Together we need to design the right layout. With a smaller space we need to think about design more than ever. Let’s examine your kitchen habits and routines to choose the layout that suits you best.
Add Storage Space
There are beautiful options out there so let’s maximize storage with smart solutions – wall-mounted pot racks, pull-out pantry units, and magnetic knife strips are all great looking and functional. Cabinets are a basic part of a kitchen remodel – critical for storage but are a beautiful design element to the space.
Choose Furnishings and Appliances that fit the space.
Picking slimline appliances, compact table and chair set, and petit bar stools or chairs if doing a bar or island seating area are all smart ways to furnish the space to fit your kitchen scale. Remember, in small kitchen designs, less is often more! Think minimalistic with counter tops as clear as possible and frequently used appliances in easily accessible storage areas.
Add Visual Interest
Your small kitchen doesn’t mean small in style! Visual interest is anything that catches your eye and makes your kitchen look more appealing and unique. Add pizzazz with vibrant rugs, open shelving displaying your cute cookware, or a feature wall with funky tiles. Artwork in a key focal point can draw interest and set a tone.
Challenges of Designing for a Small Kitchen
At Birch Tree Design and Remodeling we know there are challenges when designing a small space, whether it be a kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom.
Limited space: With limited space you need to identify what is needed and work out a design to fit it all in, without making it look cluttered or cramped. We will be smart and creative with your layout, storage, and furniture choices.
Lack of natural light: Sometimes lack of windows or too small windows is an issue so you lack natural light. A design with the right colors, materials, and lighting fixtures to brighten up your space. If it makes sense you can remodel to add windows or install larger windows. With wonderful window treatments, you can close off windows for privacy when needed.
Budgeting: Small doesn’t always translate to small money. You still need to be careful when you want to update or renovate your small kitchen. You’ll want to plan your budget and prioritize your needs and wants. We can help you by identifying high cost items and where you can get more bang for your buck.
Remodeling your Kitchen Starts with Planning
Remodeling your kitchen is a complex project that requires careful planning and execution. When faced with the challenges of a small space, you have a few options.
First, remember you may not be limited by the original way the house was built and laid out. We may find that your kitchen remodel can include removing walls and redesigning the floor plan to enlarge the space you want to dedicate to cooking and dining.
You can consider creating a great room in which kitchen, dining, and living room blend seamlessly and then adding windows for more natural lighting. So your kitchen remodel becomes more of a living space remodel.
Secondly think storage, storage, and more storage! A small kitchen needs to utilize every square inch to create a practical and aesthetically pleasing space. A good design will prioritizing storage such as adding floor-to-ceiling cabinets to maximize vertical space and provide ample room for dishes, cookware, and pantry items. Pull-out shelves and organizers can maximize the storage capacity of every cabinet. Adding an island with a cooktop and overhead pot rack or a hanging system for utensils can be multifunctional and add visual interest.
In terms of layout, consider a galley or U-shaped design which often works best for smaller kitchens. This arrangement allows for an efficient workflow by minimizing the distance between the sink, stove, and refrigerator. We also recommend using compact appliances that are specifically designed for smaller spaces.
Once the remodel is complete, focus on minimalism and organization in your décor. Keep countertops clutter-free and utilize wall-mounted racks and magnetic strips for storing frequently used utensils. Invest in multipurpose tools and gadgets to save space and reduce clutter.
Put less frequently used dishes, pans, and appliances away. For example, if you have holiday dinnerware, maybe it can be stored safely in the garage or basement until you bring it out for the season. That large turkey roaster too can be stored up out of the way or in another location until needed for Thanksgiving.
Let Birch Tree Design & Remodeling Help You Make Your Small Kitchen Design a Space to Enjoy
When you partner with Birch Tree Design & Remodeling for your kitchen design and remodeling project, you’re working with our team of experienced and caring artists and craftsmen. We want you to have a kitchen that you love – a kitchen that harmonizes beauty with functionality.
We can also remodel your interior to actually make a large kitchen if that is your preference. No matter the size, we are here to help you create the kitchen you want.