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Idea House: Kitchen Convenience Ideas

Whether building a simple starter home or the ultimate abode, home construction contains many unknowns and can be overwhelming, especially for those unsure where to start or those who experience a hiccup in the planning process.

Photography by Rachel Acquaviva

LOCAL Life is walking readers through each step of the complicated process via an ongoing series in print and online at A Hilton Head Island couple built a smart home and agreed to let us document the process. The home was an amalgamation of professionals and inspiration sources: Architect, builder, designers, magazines, Pinterest, Google, Houzz, model homes and HGTV. We share these inspiration sources and tips that might help with your next renovation or construction project.

Hidden but still handy

Zero in on the kitchen features you really like, and you won’t have to spend a cool million to have a cool kitchen. Here are a few stylish and functional design ideas from LOCAL Life’s Idea House to consider for your dream kitchen wish list.

Hidden gem:
Tuck away your small appliances
Cut down on counter clutter by storing your toaster and other small appliances in a pull out cabinet. They will be out of sight but not out of mind and easy to access. As a safety precaution, we recommend storing the toaster unplugged and bring it out of the drawer or cabinet to use it.

Give it a spin:
Use a lazy Susan
Olive oil, salt, and pepper are cooking staples. Store these everyday essentials on a countertop lazy Susan near your stove for easy access to the items you use most. Make it beautiful and extra functional by adding a potted herb plant and a small bowl filled with heads of garlic.

Keep it contained:
Dry pet food storage
Dry dog food has a long shelf life, but it can go bad or become stale without proper storage. Help keep your pet’s chow fresh by transforming a pullout trash bin into a pullout container full of pet food.

A real treat:
Create a feeding station
If you’re fed up kicking over pet feeding bowls, consider a built-in feeding station. With plenty of storage for food and a ready water supply, the kitchen can be an ideal location, whether in a nook or a pullout drawer.

Down under:
Integrate an under-counter fridge
An under-counter fridge won’t extend past the counter, so your entire kitchen will look clean and streamlined. Plus, you can achieve the perfect temperature for beverages or salads.

A cut above:
Score an over-the-sink cutting board
A cutting board that fits in or over your sink is a handy tool for any sized kitchen. Not only will it give you more prep space, but it will make cleanup a breeze. Find one with an integrated colander to easily drain canned goods or catch peeled and cut fruits and vegetables.