A kitchen is the heart of any home, a cozy spot for coffee and greet the day. It serves as a gathering place for friends and family to share delicious meals, have great conversations and make memories.

Ensure that this high traffic hub of your home is as beautiful as it is functional with unforgettable interior decor.

A great kitchen design incorporates several key elements -aesthetics (beautiful cabinetry), appliances, sinks, ample counter space and storage.

The most important part of any outstanding kitchen remodel is a functional layout that incorporates all of these essential features in a cohesive and attractive manner. It is possible to create an unforgettable kitchen customized to your families’ style and purpose.

Here are five things you must remember for a successful remodel:

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t pass on seemingly small add-ons and storage features, like additional drawer dividers, or cabinet storage solutions like pantry pullouts and lazy Susans. These elements will increase your kitchen storage efficiency and are much more costly to add on if you decide you need them down the road.
  • Don’t forget your workflow. When planning your remodel, remember your kitchen’s busiest areas: the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Make sure these areas and appliances are in an efficient location that is relevant to one another. Many designers refer to this as the “work triangle.”
  • Don’t give up counter space. Counter space is one of the most important elements of your kitchen, so don’t settle for less. Extend your counter by using decorative corbels, or shelving supports, to create added room for your countertop.
  • Don’t forget the big picture. When you’re planning your kitchen remodel, remember to consider every element: including wall color, your backsplash treatment, flooring and cabinet hardware – and how it all ties together.
  • Don’t go it alone. Even if you’re the DIY type, make sure to consult a kitchen design expert before starting your project. A professional will be able to help fine-tune your remodel plan, offer tips and advice, and maybe even recommend some ideas you hadn’t already considered.

Sophia Schade has been in the home improvement industry for more than 30 years and now works at Prestige Stone Inc.