6 Tips for Designing a Smart Kitchen
A kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s where you start your day by grabbing a morning coffee and a quick bite before heading to work. It welcomes you after a hard day with a refreshing beverage and a savory meal. And, if you love cooking, it’s where you spend hours of fun, too. However, you can make it even better without wasting a ton of money on heavy remodeling. Instead, you can use technology to improve virtually every aspect of it. With almost no effort, you can add value to your kitchen, both in terms of functionality and selling. And when you see how easy designing a smart kitchen is, you’ll realize it’s the smartest option of all.
Why go smart?
As an essential part of every household, a kitchen must provide comfort, convenience, and, above all, functionality. Designing a smart kitchen allows you to achieve that on a much greater level compared to a standard remodel. Yet, the benefits don’t stop there. A smart design equals high-value home renovation that improves two other significant factors:
- Resale value.
A smart kitchen wastes fewer resources than a standard one. You can fine-tune its functionality and make it spend less electricity and water. In turn, this allows you to lower your utility bills. So, in the long run, turning your kitchen smart will pay for itself.
Turning your kitchen smart can help you save money in the long run.
Are you planning to sell your home and move in the foreseeable future? If so, upgrading your kitchen to a smart variant is one of the best things you can do. Handling a move and selling a house at the same time are a pain. That’s why most people want to rush through both. However, this leaves them vulnerable. On one end, they don’t pay much attention to moving. Thus, they risk missing hidden moving costs and overpaying. On the other, they don’t focus on getting the best price for their home. The smart design lets you avoid being one of those people. It enables you to sell your house faster, leaving you free to focus on moving. This will ensure you avoid spending more than you planned, which isn’t insignificant considering how moving can be very costly.
Tip 1: A smart layout makes a smart kitchen
The first thing you should focus on when modernizing your kitchen is optimizing the layout. Although appliances are the actual smart parts of it, it’s the layout that gives your kitchen functionality. Once you set up the basics, it’s easy to improve the rest and add more features.
With that said, to do this, first, you must understand the basics of kitchen design. These are:
- The five areas of the kitchen, and;
- The kitchen work triangle.
The five areas and why should you take the time to set them up
You can split your kitchen into five distinct zones, each serving a specific purpose. These are:
- Food storage;
- Food preparation;
- Pots and pans;
- Cleaning and waste;
- Dishes and cutlery.
When designing a smart kitchen, it’s essential to clearly define these areas. Doing this will help you stay organized, thus increasing convenience and efficiency.
The importance of the Triangle
The kitchen triangle refers to the space between the stove, fridge, and sink. It’s crucial to design your kitchen so that this area is always clear. This will allow you to work without obstructions and without the need to pace from one end of the kitchen to another. Or, in short: it will increase your efficiency and save time.
Tip 2: Enlist the help of smart people to help you with designing a smart kitchen.
Previously, designing a kitchen involved an architect drawing a plan, conversing with the client, and then making changes. Today, however – this is a complete waste of time. The advancement of technology and 3D design made the above method obsolete. And this is perfect for you! Now, the majority of contractors include this as a part of their remodeling service.
3D modeling allows you to see how your finished kitchen will look.
They will make a 3D model of your kitchen and all the furniture and appliances in it. Then, you can move and shift things around without ever moving a muscle (clicking doesn’t count!). But, the best thing of all is, you can see how your kitchen will look once it’s finished. You can fine-tune colors, patterns, and even lighting – all from the comfort of your chair. And, once you’re satisfied, it won’t take more than a few minutes for your contractor to print out the floor plan and start organizing the work. Therefore, this is an efficient, effective, and fun way to design your kitchen without wasting paper or time. But, above all, it’s the smart way!
Tip 3: Don’t rush when choosing smart items for your kitchen
Before you start dishing out money on smart appliances, it’s advisable to research them in-depth. Although the market abounds with options, smart technology in home improvement still hasn’t reached its peak. Now, we’re not saying that smart appliances don’t do their job. They do – and exceptionally well, at that. However, the communication between various devices can get a bit finicky at times. Therefore, the main thing you need to watch out for here is compatibility. Some devices work well with one another, while others simply refuse to cooperate. So, take some time to do the research and read the reviews, and you’ll end up with a kitchen that makes your life a breeze.
Tip 4: Focus on major investments first
Smart appliances cost a bit more than their regular counterparts. Which doesn’t come as a surprise since they make life so much easier. Therefore, it’s essential to prioritize your investments. That said, the two smartest things you can get for your kitchen are:
- A smart fridge;
- A smart oven/stove.
Both provide fantastic functionality and so many additional features that you’ll wonder how you managed to live without them. Here’s a fun example:
There are smart fridges that can – check this out – find you a date! We’re not even joking! Some smart fridges can take a snapshot of their contents and match you with people with similar groceries in their fridges. The wondrous times we live in!
Tip 5: Top it off with things that make life easier
With big things secured, you can proceed to pamper yourself. There’s a whole myriad of smaller appliances you can get to enhance your lifestyle. Here are some of them and a fraction of what they can do:
- Coffee machine – set it to “wake up” before you, and have a fresh coffee waiting for the second you get in the kitchen;
- Faucets – tell them (yes, tell them) to turn on and off, or to dispense a certain amount of water;
- Kitchen lighting – program the lights to switch on or off on command, or set the intensity depending on the time of the day;
- Kitchen respirators – never again will you cough and “wave your hands through the air like you don’t care” while cooking. Your smart stove can tell the respirator to start working the moment you start cooking.
Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? That’s because it is! And this is only a tiny part of what these things can do.
Smart kitchens aren’t only comfortable. They look awesome, too!
Tip 6: Choose the right people to “smartify” your kitchen
Designing a smart kitchen is a pretty straightforward process. However, implementing changes can be a daunting task. That’s why you should leave this part to the professionals. With ample experience, knowledge, and the right tools, they’ll make sure your kitchen gets the IQ boost it needs.
Make the smart choice
Designing a smart kitchen is one of the best choices you can make. It allows you to skyrocket your comfort level without sacrificing convenience or functionality. Quite the contrary – it improves all those aspects. And – without having to break your home apart to do it. So, when choosing your approach, don’t think large. Think smart.
By Mary Aspen Richardson