You likely spend a considerable amount of time in your kitchen, therefore the area should be safe, functional, and accessible. It is essential to create a kitchen design that fits your taste and style. Below are some of our tips for remodeling your kitchen to truly make it your own.
Laying Out the Floorplan
One of the first items on your remodeling checklist should be figuring out where to put everything. While reconceptualizing the floorplan can be a bit unnerving, it also gives you the opportunity to create your own kitchen masterpiece. Keep in mind that the plumbing and electrical systems around the kitchen will need to be accessible for your appliances and plumbing fixtures. You may need to reroute and upgrade these components. Otherwise, you have endless options to arrange the kitchen as you desire.
Kitchen safety should be your top priority. You should address kitchen tools, appliances, plumbing, and sanitation when putting your kitchen design together. For instance:
- Install GFCI receptacles on all countertops to prevent electrocution.
- Place light switches at all entrances to avoid blind entry.
- Allow for proper ventilation in windows, ventilation systems, hoods, and microwaves.
- Keep a Class B fire extinguisher readily available in case of fire.
- Recommended not to install stoves or cooking tops underneath a kitchen window.
The Kitchen Work Triangle
The kitchen work triangle is an architectural concept that determines how efficient your kitchen layout is. It involves three main task points: the sink, the refrigerator, and the stove top. The idea is to reduce the walking distance between these three points. Most kitchen contractors recommend that the distance between any of these points should be no more than four to nine feet.
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One of the most common mistakes in kitchen designs is not creating enough space for dining around the countertop. How much dining space you allow depends on the size of the kitchen. If you have a floor plan that opens into another room, countertop seating enables you to prepare meals and serve them instantly. According to kitchen designers, you should give each diner a minimum of 30 inches so that everyone sits and eats comfortably.
Cabinets and Countertops
You can never have too much countertop and cabinet space. Most kitchen remodeling experts suggest that you choose your cabinets and countertops before you select any other kitchen component. If your kitchen has an open floor plan, make sure the countertop design matches both the kitchen and the room on the opposing side. Corner cabinets should contain a lazy Susan or pullout shelving so that you do not waste the corner space.
Professional Kitchen Design From Case
Case Design/Remodeling specializes in kitchen remodeling and project management for homeowners in Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth, and the surrounding areas of Nova Scotia. We offer turn-key solutions, design/build process, fixed-price contracts, and warranties on all our work. Call to schedule an appointment: Case (902) 454-2273, Case firstname.lastname@example.org.