The team at AHT Interiors has put together a collection of ideas for you to think about when you are in the planning stages, containing a plethora of ideas to incorporate into your new kitchen. Today’s focus is your kitchen’s countertops, built-ins and storage.


Choosing a countertop with timeless appeal is important for the look of your kitchen.  There are so many options – from marble to solid surfaces to soapstone.  Look for a countertop that requires little maintenance; who wants to worry about stains, cracks, or chipping?  Do your homework and choose something that you’re unlikely to grow tired of.  Mixing hard surfaces in the kitchen makes it refreshing; change up your island for a fun mix.


Are you sick of your appliances sticking out like sore thumbs? Try integrating them into your kitchen with clever paneling, built-ins and pull-out shelves.  An on-counter appliance garage houses the machines you often use but don’t always want in plain sight. Storing your small appliances in pull-out shelves makes them quite a bit easier to reach. Always avoid storing heavy appliances above your head or in the shelving below your waist.  Don’t forget outlet placement; planning for convenient electrical plugs in your design is of the utmost importance.

Interior drawer dividers can provide you an arrangement for organizing your kitchen utensils and also gives your kitchen a more finished look than organizers purchased separately would.

Vertical dividers are great space-savers to store racks, cookie sheets, pizza pans and cutting boards. A cabinet roll-out drawer is a fantastic feature to see everything at once – most especially to arrange your spices!

Remember that extra-deep drawers are a great way to store pots and pans, dishes and all that plasticware.

Finally, plan on a handy trash and recycling area. Whether you choose to put in a pull-out drawer, under the sink or inside your pantry, this is one feature you will use every day. Convenience is vital!

Stay tuned for more articles with tips on your kitchen remodel. If you missed any of our previous articles, you can read them using the links below:

Planning a Kitchen Remodel: Your Layout & Lighting

Planning a Kitchen Remodel: All About the Flooring

As always, the team at AHT Interiors is here to assist, guide and work with you to achieve the perfect kitchen or any other space within your home. Call us if you are looking for beautiful, turn-key solutions.

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