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Kitchen Renovations — Get Them Done Before the Busy Season

November 10, 2017

Do you need a kitchen renovation before the holidays? 


Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving, and you’ll be cooking dinner in your tiny kitchen while myriad relatives attempt to squeeze past you for more dip or another glass of wine. Regardless of whether they really even need either of these, you would at least like them to be able to get by without endangering the turkey and giblets.


It would be nice if we all had a kitchen the size of a gymnasium like you see in the home and garden magazines. But that’s not realistic for many homes. Still, improvements can be made.


Moving Walls for Kitchen Renovations


The easiest way to make a small kitchen bigger is by knocking down walls. You have two choices here: You can steal space from another room, or you can expand into your yard.


Knocking down or moving interior walls is technically simpler because the walls are not as thick or sturdy as exterior walls. That being said, walls of any kind are pretty sturdy in general, and knocking them down with a sledgehammer is difficult and messy. It also could be dangerous, if it’s a load-bearing wall. 


If you’re moving a wall to make more space in your kitchen, this will necessarily make less space somewhere else. Maybe you don’t need as much space in your family room or dining room. Maybe you just want to remove — not move — the wall. If it’s a load-bearing wall, you may be able to replace it with a post or two, which would open up more space but also keep the structure intact.


Expand Beyond Your Home’s Footprint


When moving or knocking down interior walls isn’t an option with your kitchen renovation, a bump-out might solve your problem. 


You’ll frequently see this type of construction used as a breakfast nook or informal dining area. But if you don’t have an eat-in kitchen now, that won’t buy you any more space. So consider using the bump-out for extra counters and storage. This can free up lots of floor space for moving around your work area. And it lets in extra light too, since this type of kitchen renovation often includes lots of windows. 


No Chef Is an Island


A kitchen island is on many homeowners’ wish lists during a kitchen renovation. They imagine that it will be perfect for extra storage and for sitting around on stools and eating breakfast. This can be true, but it isn’t always. 


If you don’t have enough floor space in your kitchen, adding an island can make the problem worse. After all, it is called an island because it sits right in the middle of the room, and you have to maneuver around it. And although it can be a good storage area, you’ll have to work diligently to make sure the top isn’t always covered with mail and lunchboxes and dirty dishes. 


The solutions to a too-small kitchen can be complicated. Don’t go it alone. Call Falk Construction. We’re the experts in kitchen renovations, and we can help you find the space you need to cook for the upcoming holidays. We also offer general contracting and design services.




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