The obesity epidemic in the United States is often blamed on highly processed foods and eating out too often. It makes sense that an easy way to cut calories and reduce obesity would be to cook at home. However, if your kitchen lacks storage, prep space or even working appliances, cooking meals isn’t easy. A kitchen remodel can truly help you and your family eat healthier and manage weight.
Drafting a Good Design
Starting with a good design is easy when you work with a design/build company. The designer will discuss your current kitchen’s shortfalls. Here are some things to think about before your initial design consultation:
- What countertop appliances do you need stored in easy reach? Today’s busy families have embraced the crock pot, Instant Pot, air fryers and stand mixers.
- What kind of storage do you need? Do you always find yourself out of space for frozen meat and vegetables? Perhaps discuss a large refrigerator/freezer. Do you need more dry-goods storage? A good pantry or a larder cupboard might be an option.
- Would a double oven, large cooktop or a microwave help with meals? You may want to discuss how to make these appliances easily accessible for your kids.
- What else do you need in easy reach or what else do you wish you had organized storage for?
Once you have this conversation, your design/build company will have a good starting point for your kitchen remodel.
Layout Matters Too
Even the best storage and latest appliances won’t encourage you to cook at home if you don’t have the right layout. Some families need a design that has multiple prep spaces for more than one cook in the kitchen. You also want the flow to make sense.
Think about where your eating area is currently located and whether that should be part of your remodel. Multiple studies show that eating in front of a television is associated with increased caloric intake and contributes to weight gain. You may want your new kitchen remodel to eliminate the television from the eating area.
Color & Appetite
Have you ever wondered why many restaurants use red in their décor? It’s because red is a color that promotes hunger. Yellow also has been found to stimulate appetite. Although you can decorate with any color, grays, pinks and blues are often used in the kitchen because they don’t promote appetite – and therefore you may consume fewer calories. Again, this is a benefit of working with a design/build company for a kitchen remodel.
G.M. Roth Design Remodeling Is Your Local Design/Build Company
As a remodeling company serving northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, G.M. Roth offers free initial consultations for all projects. One of our designers can meet with you, explain our services and even come up with an initial design. We also have a showroom in Nashua where you can see various products in person and many photographs of completed jobs. Call us today at (603) 880-3761 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation.