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My guide to getting the
kitchen of your dreams

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1 - Space Planning

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Evaluate the layout

The first thing to look at is your appliance layout. Is it fine as is? Do you need to move appliances to improve the function? If you can, it is best to work with the appliance layout you already have. This is because sinks connect to plumbing and stoves often connect to gas pipes. Plumbing can be costly to move especially if you lack access to it, but sometimes it is well worth it.

 

Optimal appliance layouts consider the following:

 

- Proximity of fridge to the garage to make carrying groceries easier. Any task you do over and over again is worth making easy and ergonomically friendly.

- Landing space at fridge and stove. A well-designed kitchen has sensible flow from the fridge where food is stored to the sink where it is washed, to a prep area for chopping and mixing, a finally to the stove or range where food is cooked. You will want to have a landing space adjacent to or across from the fridge for placing items you take out of the fridge. An island can serve as the landing space for the fridge. A minimum of 15" should be provided on each side of the stove and sink, 18" or 24" is even better.

Get accurate measurements

Every remodel starts with accurate site measurements. Like a tailored suit, fit is the most important aspect of a successful space.

Identify needs

What are your goals? Do you need more storage? Do you want to create a more open and airy feeling in your home? Do you need to improve the function of the spaces? Are you doing just cabinets and finishes or do you need to knock out a wall or enlarge a window? These first steps in evaluating your existing space lay the foundation for your project and must be done with care and diligence. 

2 - Layout & Composition

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Spatial Qualities

The first thing to look at is your appliance layout. Is it fine as is? Do you need to move appliances to improve the function? If you can, it is best to work with the appliance layout you already have. This is because sinks connect to plumbing and stoves often connect to gas pipes. Plumbing can be costly to move especially if you lack access to it, but sometimes it is well worth it.

 

Optimal appliance layouts consider the following:

 

- Proximity of fridge to the garage to make carrying groceries easier. Any task you do over and over again is worth making easy and ergonomically friendly.

- Landing space at fridge and stove. A well-designed kitchen has sensible flow from the fridge where food is stored to the sink where it is washed, to a prep area for chopping and mixing, a finally to the stove or range where food is cooked. You will want to have a landing space adjacent to or across from the fridge for placing items you take out of the fridge. An island can serve as the landing space for the fridge. A minimum of 15" should be provided on each side of the stove and sink, 18" or 24" is even better.

Rules of thumb

Every remodel starts with accurate site measurements. Like a tailored suit, fit is the most important aspect of a successful space.

Design Qualities

What are your goals? Do you need more storage? Do you want to create a more open and airy feeling in your home? Do you need to improve the function of the spaces? Are you doing just cabinets and finishes or do you need to knock out a wall or enlarge a window? These first steps in evaluating your existing space lay the foundation for your project and must be done with care and diligence. 

3 - Action

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Cabinets

Since cabinets form the majority of your kitchen design, it is important to know what you are looking for in a cabinet. Cabinets in their most basic form are boxes with doors on them. The quality of the cabinets can vary as well as the size, type, and finishes offered. I like to first design the kitchen's layout and aesthetics, then find a cabinet manufacturer that can fulfill the design. Semi-custom cabinet lines can meet most homeowners' needs but full custom is a possibility as well and may be the best option if there are unusual conditions to work around or if something really special and unique is warranted. Luckily, the task of laying out cabinets is easier due to the fact that cabinet sizes are standardized in 3" increments. Base cabinets are standardized at 24" deep and upper cabinets are usually 12" deep. Manufactuers vary, but common cabinet widths are 36" for sink bases, and 12", 15", 18" 24", 30", 36" and 48" wide for other cabinets. Standard countertop height is 36" and raised bar areas are often 42" above the floor. Upper cabinets are often 30" tall but can be 36" or 42" tall. 

Details

Outlets, lighting, accessories, hardware. With so many options on the market it can be overwhelming to have to make so many decisions but it is imprtant to not ignore these details. A new kitchen is a big investment and not something you are going to do often. More often than not, buyer's remorse comes from rushing decisions and trying to save money and NOT from overspending.

Role of drawings

Why do professional designers draw their designs? To prevent costly mistakes and work out all coordination issues beforehand. In other words, the drawings allow you to PALN AHAED. Detailed, scaled drawings and renderings are an essential step to getting it just right and protecting your investment.

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