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by Weng Jauod on Aug 30, 2017

Kitchen Makeovers

You don’t have to replace your kitchen to give it a makeover.

Provided the layout remains functional so much can be done to freshen the look in one of the busiest rooms in your house.

Simply by replacing the doors on the kitchen cabinets, it can create a look of the entire kitchen being replaced.

Replace the tiling in front of the stove with a laminated glass sheet in the color of your choice. It is even possible to get some paint specially made for tiles.

You could change the entire floor without having to go through an entire process of chopping up the tiles and replacing them.

Baseboard drawers

Those baseboards at the bottom of a kitchen cabinet are only covering unused space.

Fit a pair of drawer runners and turn them into a shallow drawer, ideal for baking pans and cupcake tins.

These items will take up less space elsewhere in the Kitchen enabling you to free up the countertops.

Wheels instead of drawers

If the under cabinet drawers in the baseboards don’t appeal to you, why not remove the baseboards entirely and build the kitchen cabinets with wheels on?

Build them to fit snugly under the counter, but so that you can pull them out and have an additional countertop to work on.

This is ideal if you need to move cabinets around the kitchen for practical reasons.

Perfect for homes with specific needs such as where a family keeps kosher.

Accordion Windows to create a serving bar outside in

For those that live in an area where there is substantial warmth in the summer and more so through the year, creating a bar space at your kitchen windows is ideal.

Simply install accordion-style windows across the widest window space.

Then build an all-weather counter on the outside accompanied by a set of bar stools.

Now the family can eat at the counter on a warm day while you serve them directly from the kitchen.

Hooks and Rails

If every single kitchen cabinet had additional hooks and a rail attached to the inside it would change the world of kitchen clutter forever.

Little items that cause drawers to feel cluttered can be attached to hooks and rails. These include measuring spoons, kitchen scissors, and peelers.

Staircases

Built-in staircases notoriously cause lost space.

The space beneath and behind a staircase often becomes nothing more than a dust trap.

By keeping the space open rather than paneling it up, some novel solutions can be found to making the space useful. Bookcases are a classic response to filling this space but space has depth so there is so much that can be done with it.

It could be turned into a refuge space with mats and cushions where a member of the family can curl quietly to read a book or listen to music. Alternatively, because of the depth, this space can accommodate wine bottles and double up as a cellar.

Busy homes often have pets, but few pets have a space of their own. The under-stair space can be turned into a doghouse, with a classic doghouse door integrated into a larger opening panel that enables access for cleaning.

Create a hidden room

We’ve all read those magical stories about castles with hidden rooms and yet you can create one in your own home. If there has been a recent extension built onto the exterior of the house, the entrance to this room could be through the back of a bookcase.

Effectively the doorway is hidden, but by pulling the hinged bookcase away the entrance is revealed.

This concept also works well when remodeling a home to create access to a cellar by raising the bottom of a staircase to reveal another staircase going down into the basement or cellar.

Playroom

Dead space can be found in rooms with very high ceilings. At the entrance to homes where the staircase leads upwards, there is almost always a dead space because of the height of the ceiling at the foot of the stairs.

This space is ideal to turn into a playroom or quiet corner, especially if the aspect of the property brings the sun into high windows. Building a platform in the space using paneling or railings to keep it safe is a cheap and easy way to add extra living space to a home, especially when the family is still growing.

Lack of space

When lack of space is an issue rather than too much dead space, this can be overcome by cleverly designing a room by introducing an integral platform.

Build a platform that a bed and storage drawers can roll under, be used at night but tucked away during the day.

The platform can accommodate furniture on the platform such as a sofa or a desk and chair with bookcases against the wall.

Check out this Bathroom & Kitchen Home Remodeling Cost Estimator.

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