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Designing your dream kitchen is a fun and exciting step in your home build or remodel. You’ll want to find the perfect cabinets, countertops, and sink for your new space. In addition to the aesthetic of the pieces you select, be sure to consider their functional value. Here are some smart ideas to keep in mind when designing your space.
Intentional Storage Solutions
You’ll want to have functional spaces that store your belongings in a well organized, easily accessible way. Consider pull out cabinets that have built-in racks for your pantry stock or food storage containers. Kitchen items can get lost in deep cabinets, select medium depth to shallow cabinets with shelves to keep things within reach. Introduce lazy susan cabinets to activate otherwise wasted space. Look for options with shelves that rotate out when the door is open. Hidden trash drawers are perfect for keeping your space tidy, closing up food smells and opening up floor space.
Space for Appliances
One of the more difficult things to account for is space for smaller appliances like food processors, blenders and mixers. You need to store them but you also need space to use them. Building your kitchen from scratch allows you to make smart decisions about where and how you will use appliances. Instead of creating two spaces for your appliances, consider creating cabinet space or shelving that has built-in electrical outlets. This allows you to use the appliances in the same place that you store them.
You may be concerned about having ample space for meal preparation. Consider adding an island or introducing workspace through pull-out counter spaces or cutting boards. Including vertical storage solutions like pegboards, hooks, and shelving will help to keep counters clutter-free.
Before you work through the design aspects of your kitchen remodel, think about how you’ll use the space and design it meet the unique needs of your household.
Purchasing your first home will be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling parts of your life. It’s an important milestone on the way to financial independence and to starting a family for millions of Americans.
It also comes with a lot of responsibilities and unforeseen expenses.
A Reddit user asked the online community what items ended up being useful to them that they didn’t think about beforehand. The result was a ton of great advice for new or soon-to-be homeowners.
In today’s post, I’ve broken down the most useful items from all of their responses. So, if you’re going to be a
1. Information about past purchases
One user found that the most useful thing the previous owner left behind were a number of receipts for appliances that would be left in the house. In addition, they also left a list of model numbers for important parts like faucets, and list of all of the paint colors used in the house.
In addition, the previous homeowners even left a binder full of menus for local restaurants. While the seller of your next home might not think to leave behind all of this useful info for you, it doesn’t hurt to ask in case they have some of that information saved that they’ll no longer need.
2. Ten thousand dollars
While this comment may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, it does illustrate an important fact for new homeowners: expect to spend some money. As the poster pointed out, there isn’t necessarily one thing that you’ll need. More likely, you’ll find yourself running to the hardware store often for a number of small purchases.
Setting aside some money for these initial expenses is a good idea so that you can get the most out of your home in the first few months living in it without worrying about how or when you’re going to replace some of the many small, but annoying, fixes you’ll experience in your new house.
3. A steel hand cart
From day one and onward, you’ll be moving a lot of things around your home. Heavy objects like dressers, drawers, refrigerators, and other furniture and appliances will often require two people to move. Well, if you live alone or you and your spouse work different hours, it isn’t always possible to have two people around to help lift and move something. To save time and prevent injury, having a dolly (A.K.A. a steel hard cart) on hand will make things easier.
4. Check your cell phone signal before moving day
In spite of the claims of the major cellular carriers, there are still many areas of the U.S. that have little or no reception. This can come as a shock on moving day if you haven’t planned ahead.
Fortunately, you can purchase a device called a microcell to boost the cellular signal in your home, preventing dropped calls.
5. A Carbon monoxide and smoke detector, and fresh batteries
As much as you may trust the previous owners, there’s no way to be certain that there aren’t any fire or CO hazards in the home that you’re unaware of. Getting new detectors, batteries, and installing them immediately will help you rest easy on your first night.
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One of the most untapped storage resources in your home is your vertical space. This valuable real estate can allow you to store items off the floor, reducing clutter and making your items more easily accessible for use. Looking for ways to maximize the storage space in your home? Check out these vertical storage tips.
Pick Furniture that Has Versatile Shelving
When picking furniture items for your room, avoid shorter pieces and go for ones with a lot of height and versatile shelving. Since these pieces will already be taking up valuable floor space, why not use them as your storage? Find pieces that have shelves and cubbies to hold baskets and other large items to keep them neat, organized and out of the way.
Opt for Mounted Items in the Kitchen Whenever You Can
If you are someone who constantly uses your can opener or always wants to have paper towels at the ready, consider mounting options instead of freestanding ones that can take up counter space. If cupboard space is a problem, put up some hooks on an open wall and add some decor to your kitchen by hanging your nice pans. Stainless steel and copper pans can add a metallic accent that can really bring some unique touches to your decor.
Clean Up Closets with Over-the-Door Hangers
Closets can be the ideal place to make the most out of your vertical space. If you have a lot of shoes, ties, scarves or accessories, consider using the inside of your door to store these. You can find over-the-door hangers in a number of sizes that can accommodate almost any items you need to keep organized and make more easily accessible. Over-the-door organizers can also be of great use in the bathroom, where you can store your bath, facial and makeup products without cluttering up your counter or shower.
Use Hooks Instead of Bulky Clothes Racks
Coats towels and other items that need to be hung up can take up a lot of space, especially when you use a bulky coat rack or shelving unit to hold them. Instead, place hooks directly in the wall so that they can give you more space to walk around and take advantage of unused wall space. If you have limited wall space in your bathroom, mount some hooks directly below a window to keep your towels up and out of the way.
Maximize the vertical space in your home to take advantage of storage space you may have never considered before by trying the few tips above. You will enjoy a more clutter-free and organized home in the end.