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Kitchen remodels are among the most popular DIY renovation. Homeowners are constantly wanting to update their kitchen to the latest appliances and create more space. And while kitchen remodels boast a high ROI; you may not need to remodel your kitchen entirety. If you are planning on a full DIY kitchen remodel in the near future, take a look at these design tips:

Layout – Once of the most common kitchen renovations is a change to the layout. Everyone wants a kitchen that’s easy to navigate around and is spacious. By creating a classic triangle, with short paths between your fridge, stove top, and sink, you can position traffic to go around this work triangle, not through it. You also want adequate space between counters and make sure your aware of conflicting door swings from appliances, cabinets, or the pantry.

Extra Storage – Everyone wants extra space and there’s no such thing as to much space in the kitchen. Having more storage allows you to be more organized. Any little nook and cranny that you can add or make better use of your kitchen storage space is going to put a smile on your face.

Counter Space – Once of the biggest complaints people have is lack of counter space in the kitchen. How many of you get frustrated when more than one person is trying to cook? Improve the functionality of your kitchen by making sure you have a clear, uninterrupted counter space for prep work. Also consider putting in a large kitchen island. An island can not only provide additional counter space for prep work, it can also serve as a buffet. If you include seating at your island, it will make a great place to chat with your family or visitors while you are preparing a meal.

Lighting – Add a few additional windows or adequate lighting to your kitchen to create a bright and airy look.

During the design phase, consider the challenges you face in your kitchen currently and take the time to design a layout that will make the most of your space, priorities, and budget. But most importantly, have fun with your design!