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Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Welcome to my blog. My name is Deborah. About 15 years ago, I bought an old home. We worked with several contractors to rehabilitate it, but ultimately, the foundation simply wasn't stable enough, and we had to tear it down. After that, we worked with a construction crew to build a home from the ground up. The experience was exciting and challenging, and I learned a lot through that process. I want to share construction and contracting facts and information with others so I decided to start this blog. I hope that you like the results, and I thank you for reading. Enjoy!

Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Kitchen Design Options for Small Spaces

by Samantha Russell

Having a small kitchen can be a challenge, as it means less room for food prep and for storage. This doesn't mean that a small space needs to somehow be inefficient as a kitchen, as there are many design options and features you might choose to maximize that space overall. Note a few of those options and features here and then discuss them with a kitchen designer when you're ready to make some changes so you know you're making the best of your kitchen space no matter its size.

1. Fold-up and hidden surfaces

You need surfaces for food prep and even for eating in your kitchen, but this doesn't mean that those surfaces need to be in the way at all times. Consider fold-up tables that sit flush to the wall when not in use and which then get unfolded when you need them for food prep or dining. A cutting board can also slide into the space under a counter when it's not needed, and edges of counters and islands can also be installed on hinges so they can drop down and be out of your way when you don't need them.

2. Undersized appliances

You may not have ever thought about using apartment-sized appliances in an actual home, but these can save a tremendous amount of space. If you never use four burners on a stove, get one that is more narrow and which offers just three burners. A more narrow apartment-size dishwasher can save space as well, or you might opt for a small built-in stove and small cook top. Talk to your kitchen designer about working these types of options into your kitchen so the smaller space isn't so crowded and cramped with appliances.

3. Benches

If you have an eat-in kitchen, opt for a bench along one wall rather than chairs. A bench won't need to be pulled out from along the wall, so it won't need as much room, and the bottom of the bench can be used for linens and even pots and pans and small appliances.

4. Overhead storage

Have your kitchen designer incorporate a pot rack or other hanging and overhead storage into your design. The space overhead is often wasted in a small kitchen, so you want to take advantage of it; having a designer actually design that space will mean your pot rack doesn't interfere with the lighting or hang so low that it's in the way of even the tallest person in the kitchen.