When you move into your home with no intent to ever move again, you look at remodeling a little differently. As you get ready to age in your home, you need to think about what things are going to look like as you get older. Consider some of the things that may become more difficult as you get older. Straight Up Remodeling is here to talk about some of the things you may want to consider including in your kitchen remodel when you are remodeling your forever home.
Include an Accessible Kitchen Pantry
As you age, you are more than likely not going to want to have to climb on any step stools or ladders to reach items in your pantry any longer. One solution to this problem is a pullout pantry that has everything you need at a lower level. When you can pull out the pantry rather than climbing up shelves to get what you need, you can simply pull it out and won’t have to worry about putting strain on your knees and back to get your goods. You can also store small appliances this way to make them more accessible as well.
Where Should a Microwave Be Placed After a Remodel?
While in the past, you may have put your microwave above your cooktop, you may want to consider putting it at a lower level to make it easier to get to. Consider having it built into your lower cabinets or even resting it on your countertop. It is easier to get a full plate of food lower than it is to lift it up.
Easy Reach Corner Cabinets
It can be extremely difficult to get to items that are stored in a corner cabinet that doesn’t have good storage solutions. You can solve this by choosing a lazy susan for this area or even pull-out shelves. Then you don’t have to put so much effort into items you have stored in those corner cabinets.
Why You Should Choose Drawers Over Doors on Base Cabinets?
When you have doors on your lower cabinets, you often have to get down on your knees to see what is hiding in the back of the cabinet. Choosing drawers are going to eliminate this for you. At the very least, you can have pull-outs installed in all your lower cabinets that make them just like a drawer.
Keep Stove & Sink Close
Carrying items like pots full of water can be difficult as you get older. For this reason, you should always keep the sink and the stovetop close together. You can also consider having a pot filler faucet installed above your stovetop, so you don’t have to carry pots at all.