Kitchen Planning DO’s • Hire a best contractor available in your area. • Spend some time to properly plan out your kitchen with your designer, contractor and/or project manager (depending on who you decide to work with). Think about how the room will be used, who will be using it, how you want it to look and function, etc. Every change you make during the process will add time and cost you money so figure it out before you start. • Consider ROI when planning the layout and choosing materials.
Kitchen Planning DON’T • Ignore the importance of the kitchen triangle. Whenever possible (in moderately sized kitchens) the sink, stove and refrigerator should form a “work triangle”. • Forget proper ventilation. It’s important for getting rid of stale air, it helps extend the life of your appliances, and of course if you have a gas stove it’s an absolute must. Range hoods come in several styles and can work with any style of kitchen. • Let cabinet or appliances doors interfere with one another or get in the way of traffic flow. • Forget to add extra storage space anywhere you can. Extend cabinets all the way to the ceiling, use the space in a kitchen island, and maximize cabinets and drawer space any way possible. You’ll always need more storage than you think.
Kitchen Layout DO’s • Flatten out the triangle in a small kitchen (such as a galley kitchen) so that it runs along one wall. If possible the sink should be positioned in the middle with the fridge on one side and the stove on the other. • Place the dishwasher immediately adjacent to the sink. • Plan for a spot to hold garbage and recycling bins so they’re easily accessible but hidden from sight.
Kitchen LayoutDon'ts • Ignore the importance of the kitchen triangle. Whenever possible (in moderately sized kitchens) the sink, • Forget proper ventilation. It’s important for getting rid of stale air, it helps extend the life of your appliances, and of course if you have a gas stove it’s an absolute must. • let cabinet or appliances doors interfere with one another or get in the way of traffic flow. • forget to add extra storage space anywhere you can. If your kitchen is small, consider installing extra-long upper cabinets with molding for extra storage space. • Place lighting or greenery along the molding to draw the eyes up. Always install cabinets over the refrigerator; not utilizing this area is a waste of storage space for large or seasonal kitchen items.
Design and Finishes Do’s • Consider how your countertops will be used and make a decision based on that – not just style and looks. • Install the proper lighting. It’s not just about design, in a kitchen it’s also about safety. Work areas where people are handling sharp knives and hot objects must be well lit. Install dimmer switches so that you can always control how much light is dispersed. • Stick with neutral colors for your cabinetry if you want a decent return on investment. Wild colors can be fun if they’re just for you, but they rarely get you your money back when it comes time to sell.
Design and Finishes Don’t • Opt for trendy finishes and fixtures. Trendy designs tend to have short lifespans and it could affect your ROI. • Use too many different finishes. Don’t go for more than two countertop materials in the same kitchen and don’t mix more than two or three metal finishes. It’s ok to have a bit of variety, but all the finishes should compliment each other and work together. You don’t want it too look too busy.
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