A small kitchen can be efficient and functional. However, when your family grows or your lifestyle changes, you may need more space to meet your new requirements. Building an addition is one option, but it can be too expensive and sometimes restrictive due to zoning. Fortunately, there are alternatives that can help you achieve your goal of expanding your kitchen space when you remodel.
Grab Space From Another Room
In many cases, taking down a wall is all you need to do to expand the space of your kitchen. For instance, removing a wall enclosing a breakfast nook gives you length in the room. To add storage that takes up minimal floor space, consider adding a peninsula or an island with seating. Other options when borrowing space include an adjacent porch, mudroom or pantry. Keep in mind, however, that removing non-structural walls often means moving plumbing or electrical connections, so make sure that the remodel is done by a professional to ensure safety and compliance with building regulations.
Bump Out a Room
In a small kitchen, bumping out an exterior wall can make a big difference. In this method, a section of the existing exterior wall is replaced with a laminated header to support the roof. The old floor is cantilevered out, and a new outer wall is constructed along the perimeter of the new floor. The new space can offer an extra two feet of floor space. This option, however, does not work in all homes as it requires all the floor joists to run in the right direction.
Opt for a Partial Wall
If taking down a wall or bumping out a room is not possible, you can still improve a small kitchen by partially removing a wall between adjoining rooms. While removing a portion of the wall does not physically improve the space, it gives a sense of openness that makes the room seem larger than it actually is. You can also add functionality by putting a shelf on top of the partial wall.
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