There’s nothing wrong with getting caught up in kitchen remodel inspiration. Spotting a dream design is often the first step a homeowner takes on the path toward a kitchen remodel.
Turning your kitchen remodel dreams into reality can have a significant impact on your home’s value. However, too many homeowners attribute a great remodeling project to improving aesthetics alone.
It may not feel like it at first, but the practical side of a kitchen remodel—the workflow—can make or break your entire project.
Getting the workflow right should be top of mind for anyone starting down this interior remodeling path.
If you’re thinking about a kitchen workflow for the first time, there are two main layout concepts to understand.
First, there’s the classic idea of the kitchen work triangle. Think about the kitchens within any homes built in the mid-to-late 1900s. More than likely, you’ll see the main fixtures—refrigerator, over, and sink—arranged in a rough triangle. This triangle was meant to eliminate wasteful steps as homeowners navigate the kitchen.
And for years, the work triangle worked wonders for homeowners.
There are just two problems when it comes to the work triangle, though. One is that not every space is capable of supporting this approach. The other is that today’s kitchens are full of many more components than the three basics that create a work triangle.
To add greater flexibility and overcome these limitations, many designers and contractors are shifting toward the work zones concept. There are three main zones to consider:
With proper design, a kitchen remodel strategy that uses work zones can maximize functionality and aesthetics at the same time. But the key phrase here is “proper design.” Without a skilled full-service remodeler you can trust during the design phase, you could end up with a workflow that falls short of expectations (for you and future home buyers).
Not all kitchen remodel inspiration makes sense for your space and workflow needs. That’s why you don’t want a contractor who will just move forward with whatever inspiration you’re trying to imitate.
Make sure you find a full-service remodeler that has professional designers available throughout the process. Without sitting down with a professional designer, you run the risk of pushing forward on an ineffective workflow.