Remodeling your Atlanta home is about much more than simply improving its appearance. Aesthetics are important, but they’re not the only things to consider when you’re renovating. You want your home to be comfortable and convenient. That may mean making some changes to the physical layout so that your home reflects your lifestyle. Let’s look at a few practical remodeling ideas for your Atlanta home.
Your Kitchen Can Be Comfortable, Convenient . . . and Stunning!
Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home. You prepare meals there. Kids sometimes do homework or school projects there. It’s where many of us eat casual meals. And it’s where we gather for informal entertaining. In fact, it’s hard to keep people out of the kitchen!
If you live in an older Atlanta home, there’s a good chance your kitchen wasn’t designed with today’s lifestyles in mind. So what are some practical tips for creating a kitchen that meets all your demands—and still looks great?
First of all, consider how you’ll use your kitchen. If you love to cook and experiment with recipes, the layout of your kitchen is critical. Keeping the “kitchen triangle” in mind as you design allows you to easily move back in forth in straight lines between your stove, refrigerator, and sink. If you’re cooking involves a lot of large pots and pans, you may want to have a deep sink for those items along with a smaller sink for washing vegetables and other food items
If your kitchen is more of a gathering place, you may want to look at installing a kitchen island. Add a few stools and it can be a great place for breakfast or snacks. It's a nice feature for casual entertaining. You can serve appetizers and have a place for guests to put their drinks. Plus, the island can provide more space for food prep when you need it.
A very practical idea that’s gained a lot of popularity is installing pullout drawers for lower cabinets (instead of standard shelving). It makes it so much easier to access items at the back of the cabinet. Related to that, add a pullout trash drawer. It's convenient and it keeps trash out of sight so your kitchen looks neater. Click here to see some of the practical kitchen designs we’ve created for homeowners in the Atlanta area.
Creating a Bathroom that’s Fully Functional . . . and Aesthetically Appealing
Your bathroom is another room that gets daily use. Once again, think about how you will use the space. Dual sinks can make getting ready for your day (or for the evening) a lot easier. When it comes to bathroom cabinetry, you’ll want to balance looks and function. Pedestal sinks can be very elegant, but you may have to give up storage space below the sinks. One practical way to make the most use of space in a smaller bathroom is to build in storage space (using the space between studs to recess storage).
Showers are a major consideration for any bathroom remodel. Practical step-in showers are easy to access and their sleek lines look great. Their lipless entries are also a practical consideration for homeowners who plan to mature in their own homes because they eliminate a tripping hazard. Click here for examples of some of the great bathroom remodels we’ve worked on recently.
Make the Mundane Marvelous with a New Mudroom/Laundry Room
A mudroom may not seem very sexy at first glance. It’s probably not a room that you show off to your guests. And yet, it can be one of the most practical rooms in your home. It keeps clutter and dirt out of the rest of your home. It’s not unusual for homeowners to combine a mudroom and the laundry room. One thing that can make this space more practical is to build in storage. If you have children, you can build cubbies for their gear. You can also add cabinets for cleaning supplies, or even a second pantry for larger food items to keep your kitchen uncluttered. If you want great ideas, check out 6 Practical Mudroom Ideas for Your Atlanta Remodel.
Practical and Beautiful Together
Sometimes coming up with a practical solution also results in a beautiful solution. Here’s a perfect example. Providing adequate lighting for stairways is a very practical (and safe) thing to do. But that doesn’t mean it can’t look great at the same time. Here’s a simple and elegant example of marrying practicality and beauty.