If you are the main cook in your house, you have a pretty good idea of how the space functions best; what is working and what isn't. If you are not the main chef in the home, do your research and get to know how the space will work best. There is nothing worse than having someone else graciously taking time to de-clutter something for you, only to disturb your workflow. Some key things to consider.
Where functionality is concerned, I am a cook that likes things to be readily accessible and part of the design of the space. For me, open shelving for everyday things like cups and dishes, is a dream. This is also a more cost effective solution when renovating, since you don't have the need for upper cabinets. However, I still like things to look nice and neat. So how do I store essential items that are less than appealing. Here are a few awesome ideas for you:
-Buy or use old glass jars to store dry goods
-Store you most commonly used items like plates and cups on open shelving by the sink/ dishwasher
-Built-in banquettes are perfect for adding extra storage for linens, serving trays, or small appliances
-Toe-kick drawers are a great way to maximize space and storing your backing sheets
The next steps I will be posting will cover:
Planning, Permits, Budgeting, Material Section, Lighting and Hardware Selection, Appliance FYI, and some DIY tutorials.