Your lighting choices are important as they may impact the work done in your kitchen. Lighting needs to be chosen before construction starts as the electrical work must be completed nearly immediately. There are three main types of lighting ambient, task and accent. You should consider brightness and colour temperature when choosing.
We work with some of the top lighting specialty businesses in Thunder Bay and will help you with the kitchen renovation design, so lighting needs are covered.
There never seems to be enough storage in a kitchen. To get the most of your kitchen renovation, look at your current storage and see where you have wasted space. Base cabinets often have a few items and a lot of space above them. When planning your kitchen, take advantage of the cabinet accessories mentioned above or adjustable shelves. Check if poor lighting is causing you to avoid placing items in an otherwise suitable storage location so you can avoid the problem with the new design.
If space allows, you might want to consider adding an entire pantry to the design if you need the storage. Large pantry cabinets are another great choice. It also may be a great time to invest in a good set of stackable pots and plastic ware as the odd-sized items waste a lot of space. Another space saver is a pot hanger above an island.
Appliances are one of the most important items in a kitchen renovation, and you should include them in the plan even if you are not currently replacing them. You may want to replace them down the road, and it is a good idea to have utilities and space ready.
It is also critical that you decide what kind of ventilation you will be using before construction as ductwork and electrical needs to be in place. There is down-draft, over-the-range microwave, under-cabinet and chimney hood types.
If you are replacing the cabinets, you should consider utility upgrades even if you only planned to do the cabinets. With them removed, it is often easy for tradespeople to rewire and/or plum the kitchen. Often older utilities are not up to modern kitchens' requirements and, in some cases, are downright dangerous. At the very least, get a quote on the work as you might be surprised at how little some things cost.