The next wedding anniversary with the missus is fast approaching, and you’d love to give her an extra special gift. You’ve already given her weekend getaways and romantic dinners – what would be a good surprise for this year? If your wife loves puttering around the kitchen, practicing recipes from sauce-stained magazines, and experimenting with baking cookies (she probably burned a batch once or twice already), then you’re pretty sure the kitchen is one of her favourite areas in the house. Why not give her the gift of DIY kitchens—a complete makeover?
Renovating the kitchen is one project you’ll both love to work on together. You’ll get to spend time and be productive, too—how’s that for a multipurpose activity? Of course, no home renovation project would be complete without the strenuous activity, the expenses, and the hours of getting dirty, but that’s part of its entire appeal. Your wife is sure to love drawing up plans, picking out kitchen designs, and selecting better appliances and equipment to use for the next family dinners.
Sitting down to discuss the extent of the work to be done will help a lot in the planning stage of your renovation. Will it involve a total overhaul, or will only select parts of the kitchen be redesigned? How much will your budget be? How much work will be done by hired professionals, and how much of the project will you do by yourselves? What materials you need, and will there be a theme to be followed? Setting these details will help you get organized before any major purchases and hire a contractor.
Bear in mind that the kitchen is one room in the house that gets plenty of traffic and is used every day, so the most important rule would be to make it as functional as possible and aesthetically-pleasing. Choose flooring that is sturdy and able to withstand foot traffic and all sorts of spills. Invest in good cabinets, drawers, and other storage equipment that will keep kitchen tools and utensils secure or within reach, as needed.
Choose appliances that can sufficiently perform for your household—select just the right refrigerator size and number of stove burners for the amount of food you will need to store and prepare for your family. Lighting is also important in kitchens, so make sure you have light fixtures for all the food preparation and cooking areas, as well as underneath kitchen cabinets. You can also re-wire and re-plumb the connections in the kitchen to make sure that everything is in perfect working condition, and that all appliances will be energy-efficient.
Kitchen makeovers are wonderful way for wives —- and husbands, too!—to show their appreciation for their partners. Give them a wonderful and fully functional space where they can let their inner chefs loose. Just wait—your family will be wowed by the next feasts they proudly whip up in their newly renovated kitchen.