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remodeling to acommodate an elderly loved one

When I invited my mother to come and live with my family, we had to make some changes to accommodate her. The changes that needed to be made were all within reason and were all required so that she could get around with her walker and eventually a wheelchair if need be. I hired a remodeling contractor to assist us with making the changes. I learned a lot while discussing what needed to be done and what it would take to get it complete. I created this blog with the hopes of helping other families that are considering making the same changes in their homes.

Remodeling Your Kitchen? Make Sure You Add More Of These 5 Things

When renovating the kitchen, most homeowners want to change the layout or give it an aesthetic update. But one important element of a successful renovation is what you add more of in the kitchen. What should you add more of? Here are five key things to consider.

1. More Outlets

Modern cooking calls for a wide variety of small appliances that require electricity. In addition, today's cooks want to use multiple mobile devices, charge devices, and use the kitchen for an array of other household tasks that call for electrical power. All this means you should have as many outlets as you can include, and place them at multiple handy locations. 

2. More Appliances

Do you entertain a lot, cook large meals, or bake big batches? If so, consider the value of adding multiple fixtures such as sinks, refrigerators, or ovens. A second sink placed closer to the door, for instance, allows one cook to work with food in the prep area while another cleans up dishes being used for the party. The specific appliances you could use more of should be tailored to your cooking style. 

3. More Storage

Nearly all kitchens could use additional storage in this central room of the home. Even if you haven't run out of storage space yet, you or future homeowners probably will. If your kitchen is small, get creative with customized cabinets and storage solutions. And make sure you include storage of many different shapes, sizes, and varieties to account for differences in future use. 

4. More Countertops

Along with storage, counters on which to work are vital for most kitchens. You can generally never have too much counter space. Extra counter space in modern kitchens allows for the family to use the space for things like homework, remote jobs, and kids' projects. Counter space can be achieved through the use of islands, peninsulas, mobile workstations, and even drop-down work areas. 

5. More Lighting

Lighting of all sorts is essential in the kitchen — possibly the most essential lighting plan in your whole home. Good lighting makes the room larger and more attractive as well as safer and more functional. A good lighting plan should include multiple types of lighting, usually in the forms of task lighting, overhead lighting, and decorative lighting. 

Want more ideas for what you should add more of in your kitchen renovation? Start by consulting with a kitchen remodeling service in your area today, such as Preferred General Contracting.