We all want stylized, bright, open kitchens. Maybe one with a large bay window on one side or French patio doors that open into your backyard. Honestly, who wouldn’t want that movie scene? Recently a lot of people have begun doing kitchen renovations, and there are a few things we suggest taking the time and money to do right. They will serve you better in the long run, and you and your family will be happier and healthier for it.

If You’re Getting a New Sink, Also Install a Water Filter

Water filters are the unsung heroes of most of our water supply. Most of the time, we consume water via our taps or via bottles of water, and we can lose sight of the health and condition of our water. The last decade was met with innovations and demand for cleaner water, but that only ended with particular companies rising to meet the demand for water filters. In particular, Brita has heavily impacted the field with their consistent, new technology, and a name proven in quality. So, when you add your new sink, also install a Brita under sink water filter. Because it will provide you with the cleanest water possible, and that will greatly impact you and your family’s health in the long run.

Pick a Better Countertop

Most kitchen renovations involve the installation of new countertops and it is better to do your homework like researching about different countertops cost. Countertops are one of the biggest features of your kitchen, in fact some homes are sold and bought based off of their countertops alone, so it’s very important to get the right kind. We suggest avoiding granite, wood, or vinyl. Instead, pick something like Cambria or quartz countertops. We suggest using these because of the high quality and look that they bring to the kitchen—and what’s more, is that they are highly versatile over traditional countertops. Where other stones may have cracks or sections of ‘softer’ rock, quartz tops are made of stone that is woven tightly together and so cracks, where mold and particles can imbed themselves, is not a worry here.

If You Can Change the Flooring, Do It

Not many people get the chance to change their kitchen flooring, but if you have the money and you’re already doing a kitchen renovation, now is the perfect time to tear up that old floor. The floors in the other portions of your house have been changed how many times throughout the years? And yet, we still keep the same kitchen floor. That means the same stains, the same dents, and the same particles as when your kids were babies, or as when you moved into the house as a young couple. That is why you want to change the floor—not to update the look (although it would do wonders for updating the look), but because that floor has not been changed in literally decades. Can you imagine what it looks like under heavy water areas?

Change Your Appliances

A significant portion of the population seems to think that they cannot buy a new appliance until the old one breaks. That’s just silly. Many parents have had the same refrigerator for three decades, and have no plans for updating. Just imagine how much happier they would be if that did change and update their appliances. As technology has gotten better, it has also become more efficient and easier to use. So, while getting a refrigerator that has a glass door may not suit you or your lifestyle, that’s fine because there are thousands of other options which will improve your quality of life, and update the look of your kitchen by extension. And this goes for all of your appliance pieces—if you have one that is over ten years old, it’s time to update.

Change the Lighting

A significant number of homes have either track lights or inset lights on the ceiling of the kitchens. While these used to be top of the line and unique, they have become the most common light pieces. This is because of a stylized wave of houses built within the late 90s and early 2000s. But the look of both are poorly dated now. That is why we suggest updating them. Even if you move from white track lights to something darker and modern, it would give your lights and your kitchen an entirely new feel and personality. And, once again, it would alter your energy bill, especially when you consider installing the new smart-home devices to control the lights and their cycles during the day.

Levi Huang

Levi Huang, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Furniture Design, has been a guiding voice in home furnishing and interior solutions for over 16 years. He became part of our editorial team in 2021, focusing on ergonomic furniture design, space planning, and material innovation. Previously, Levi worked in custom furniture creation and as an interior design consultant. He enjoys woodworking and contributing to sustainable living initiatives.

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