Kitchens get maxed out around the holidays, when they’re used more than any other time of year. The kids are out of school, holiday baking is in full swing, and friends and relatives are constantly coming and going. The kitchen is an endless central gathering place in the home, even in houses with additional dining areas.
There are a number of minor updates you can make to your kitchen to improve its functionality around the holidays without doing a major remodel. Here are some updates professional kitchen remodelers can easily work into your kitchen space that will improve your holiday kitchen use and your daily routine throughout the rest of the year.
Add a Convection Oven and Second Range: A lot of cooking and baking goes on during the holidays. If your family hosts holiday meals, it’s essential to have enough room to simultaneously cook multiple dishes at once and have everything hot and ready to serve at the same time. Double your cooking capacity and number of chefs with a second range top and an additional oven. Adding a convection oven will improve your holiday turkey or roast as well as your baking abilities.
Additional Countertop Space: This is something that everyone can always use more of, especially during the holidays. Adding an island to your kitchen can give you a place for that second range and oven, a second sink, and more counter space. You can also convert any unused wall space in your kitchen to a countertop/cabinet area or message center.
Roll-out Shelves and Open Cabinets: These features save time by allowing you to find pots, pans, and dishes with ease – say goodbye to emptying your cabinets in order to find the right frying pan. Open cabinets and glass-front cabinets allow you and your guests to find what you’re looking for quickly.
Update an Undersized Fridge: The holidays also necessitate additional fridge space, especially before and after a big holiday feast. Modern, oversized stainless steel fridges are easier to keep clean and organized and have plenty of space for all your groceries and leftovers. They contain features such as roll-out shelves to make it easier to find what you’re looking for in a large fridge and plenty of other organizational features. With the fridge space on top and a roll-out lower freezer, you won’t find yourself hunched over or climbing inside your fridge to find the cranberry sauce.
Built-in Wine Coolers: Always have your wine chilled and ready to serve at the correct temperature with a wine cooler that’s built into your kitchen design. Wine coolers have separate sections for reds and whites with dual temperature controls.
Keeping it All Clean: All that cooking and cleaning makes a huge mess that’s usually ongoing for several weeks over the holidays. A few minor kitchen updates can lower the amount of time you have to spend cleaning it up.
- Appliance garages house your frequently-used countertop appliances between the counter and cabinet when you don’t need them, keeping them clean and making the space you’re still using easier to clean up as well.
- The quality of your sink and dishwasher make a big difference during high-use times. Consider converting a double sink into a large pit sink that makes washing large items much easier. An energy-star high-efficiency dishwasher runs loads faster and holds more items than an outdated one.
- A cleaning closet or second pantry inside your kitchen is a great way to keep all your cleaning supplies in one place, as well as away from the food and small children.
- Message centers can be built into your unused kitchen space and provide an area where family members can keep a landline and hold cell phones as they charge for the night, in addition to leaving messages for other family members, a wall calendar, and any other important items, notes, or paperwork.