If you want to learn more about the kitchen remodel design, then you will want to read this article. Specifically, we will discuss how to design the best possible layout to make your kitchen the most attractive and functional area of your home. This kitchen remodel design will include floor plans, kitchen cabinet planning and the best kitchen counters or countertops for you. After reading this article, you should be able to know what you need for an efficient layout and what you must complete to reach that goal.
The floor plan is the very heart of the kitchen. The method generally accepted is to design a three-point work flow area. Take into consideration where doors and windows are, as these are not usually easy to move, and plan around them. The three points are the sink, the stove and the refrigerator. These are the areas of the kitchen with the greatest amount of traffic between them. We need to keep them close together for efficiency.
When meal preparation is under way, the cook does not want to waste time or energy going back and forth between the stove to stir a pot and then to the sink to wash vegetables. The points should be far enough apart so if two people are involved in the meal preparation, they are not in each others way. They are, however, close enough not to waste time. Design the basic flow you are looking to achieve, then move on to planning the cabinets.
Cabinet planning is next in the kitchen remodel design process because we will need a place to store non-perishable food items, mixing and baking utensils, dishes, etc. The proper placement of cabinets is necessary to keep the meal preparation process as easy as possible. Cabinets are available in a plethora of sizes and shapes. The only common denominator is a cabinet height of 35 1/2 to 36 inches above the floor and 24 inches out from the wall for base cabinets. The cabinets will account for almost 50% of your budget, so plan accordingly.
The kitchen counters or countertops are necessary, as a place to put the food for preparation from the refrigerator and the cabinets. Once again, there is an overabundance of choices almost as big as your imagination. I have been in houses where plywood was being used as countertops. I have also been in houses where marble or granite was the norm. For the vast majority, plastic laminate is the countertop of choice. It all depends on your taste and budget. Approximately 12% of your budget will be spent here.
Without a doubt, the kitchen is the area that will be the most rewarding, as well as bring the greatest return on your investment. Just make sure you do not go beyond what the neighborhood home prices will support.
Before starting any construction project, make sure you understand the complete kitchen remodeling process before you do anything. Cost overruns have killed many a project before it was completed. Plan carefully and with proper planning, you can be enjoying a new kitchen in a short period of time.
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