If you don’t love the function or look of your kitchen, you likely avoid using that space as much as possible. And if you are spending time and money continually eating out or picking up fast food, you are missing the amazing benefits a kitchen can bring—one benefit being a healthier lifestyle.
While living healthy is ultimately up to you as an individual, our team at Lakeside Renovation and Design knows there are things you can do through interior remodeling to help promote living healthy. One such project is a kitchen remodel.
But what in the world does your kitchen have to do with helping you live a healthier lifestyle? We’re glad you asked!
How a Kitchen Remodel Promotes Healthy Living
A new kitchen can do wonders for your home. A kitchen renovation will add immense value to your house and brighten up the overall space. It also increases functionality, which is a must in a home. But kitchen renovations can also help promote a healthier lifestyle in two ways:
Opening up your kitchen or simply creating a more cohesive flow to your space creates an environment for hosting and entertaining. Having a place to gather with family and friends will uplift your mood and make you love your home even more. This is a great way to live a family-oriented lifestyle and increase mental and familial health.
With a renovated area for cooking and a space that brings you joy, you are more likely to utilize your kitchen. Home cooking promotes healthier eating. The more functional your kitchen space is, the more likely you will be to create those healthy meals and meal plan for your family.
What to Implement in My Healthy Kitchen Remodel
If you want your kitchen to benefit your physical or mental health and help promote a place of healthy living, here are a few considerations to implement into your kitchen remodel.
Large Work Area(s)
Counter space is key to any kitchen, but, as we have mentioned, having ample areas to work in your kitchen will help promote healthy cooking and eating. During your interior remodel, work to implement ample countertop space and even a large island with a produce washing faucet.
You can create various stations in your space for meal prep, cooking, and cleaning. Having a large work area can also allow for additional helping hands in the kitchen, giving your kids, friends, or spouse the opportunity to make cooking a family affair. So, create space and enjoy time with family.
Find ways to allow the flow of natural light throughout your kitchen. Whether it’s knocking down walls that make a room feel cramped and dark or installing lots of windows throughout the space, natural light helps to uplift a person’s mood. It also provides an opportunity to grow your own food indoors.
Wall planters add décor while providing function. But even growing fresh herbs in containers in the kitchen will increase your use of fresh ingredients in your cooking. So, find ways to let the light shine in your kitchen.
Implementing a compost bin in your kitchen is a great way to reduce waste by reusing table scraps and promotes growing your own fruits and vegetables with rich compost for your soil. You can easily create a secure place to drop scraps or simply place a small compost bin that seals tightly on your countertop. Just make sure your compost bin secures tightly to keep bugs and decomposing smells out of your kitchen.
Large Range Hood
Invest in a range hood that spans the width of your stovetop. Ventilation is extremely important for removing unwanted gasses and pollutants while cooking, especially if your home has a gas cooktop. When cooking, propane or other forms of gas can fill the air, and proper ventilation will keep your air cleaner and you healthier.
Because water is so important to a healthy lifestyle, having clean, filtered water is even better. Tap water can often have pollutants that a filter can help reduce or eliminate. You can install a secondary faucet at your sink specifically for filtered water to make it easy for kids and guests to get a refreshing drink. Another great place for a filter is on your refrigerator spigot, and most refrigerators will come with a predesignated area for a filter.
Newer appliances have built-in Wi-Fi and touch screens, features that allow homeowners to prepare recipes and grocery lists while they are in the kitchen. You can look up healthy dinner ideas and add what you will need to a shopping list for the week, making meal planning and, therefore, healthy eating easier.
The higher-end appliances also offer large produce drawers and lots of storage space for fresh food and can even be set to regulate temperatures to your exact specification to keep food fresher for longer.
Lots of Organization
Organization does a couple of things for your kitchen and lifestyle. It keeps your kitchen looking clean and tidy. It makes cleaning easier. It also promotes clean eating and even helps reduce wastefulness. When you know where everything is and have room to store it properly, you will utilize it, reducing the amount of fruits and vegetables that get tossed from going bad and keeping you eating healthy.
Start Loving Your Kitchen Again!
If you’re ready for a complete kitchen transformation, Lakeside Renovation and Design is ready to help! Our in-house design team can answer any questions you may have as well as help implement a healthy-living mentality into your interior remodeling design.
With the numerous functions your kitchen performs as well as the amount of daily use it experiences, it’s important to have a kitchen you love. Schedule a free consultation with our team today.