6 Kitchen Design Challenges – and How to Solve Them

We all want a beautiful kitchen, with stylish colors and luxe finishes. But a kitchen must be one thing above all else: functional. The kitchen is where you cook, bake, clean, plan, talk, entertain, and spend time with your family. If it doesn’t fit your needs, it can be frustrating. Although those needs differ from family to family, there are six common kitchen design challenges we see in our kitchen remodeling projects.

If you’re struggling with any of these issues, contact The Chuba Company for a consultation and quote!

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One of the most kitchen design complaints we hear is about a lack of storage – or a lack of smart, usable storage. From corner units and cabinets to the ceiling, to hidden drawers and storage designed for specific appliances, there are many ways to customize storage for your unique needs.

Counter Space

Your kitchen can have all the counter space in the world, but if it doesn’t have counter space where you need it, it won’t be very useful. It’s a good idea to have space next to or opposite the refrigerator and oven, both for convenience and for safety.


Without appropriate ventilation, the kitchen can be a pretty miserable place. The smell of cooking food, grease, steam and smoke can accumulate and linger long after dinner is served. In addition to being a nuisance, a lack of ventilation can be harmful to your health.

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Traffic and Flow

Cooking is rarely done alone. You’ll likely have others helping to prepare food, clean up, grab items or simply move through the kitchen. If you’re constantly getting in each other’s’ way, it may be time to consider a new flow that works better for your family.


Whether you’re chopping food in a corner of the kitchen or cooking on the stove, good lighting is essential for efficiency and safety. Under-cabinet lighting can bringing light to dark areas, and overhead lights can brighten up other workspaces.

Outlets and Switches

It’s helpful to have outlets near your main prep spaces. This makes it easier to use small appliances, and to cook more efficiently.

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, or any other room in your home? Get started today! Due to manufacturing and shipping delays out of our control, materials are taking a few weeks longer to arrive. Don’t wait to schedule your project, especially if you’re planning for an upcoming event, such as a wedding or party at home.

The Chuba Company is proud to be your partner in Twin Cities home remodeling, roofing and construction. From windows and roofing, to additions and green construction, to bathroom and kitchen remodels, and more, The Chuba Company is ready to help with any home project.

We’ve been proudly serving Elk River, Zimmerman, Ramsey, Monticello, Albertville, Rogers, Champlin and surrounding Twin Cities suburbs for nearly 50 years. Contact us to talk about your remodeling ideas or to receive an estimate!


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