By Aidan Payne. Kitchen Design. Published at Thursday, April 05th, 2018 - 01:00:51 AM.
Many of my clients have, unfortunately, initiated the design of their kitchen without an understanding of the extent of what is actually involved in the process, in terms of design, budget, timeline and other issues. In these cases, our design process together, was frustrating for the client and for me. As a result, this article will clarify the process so that you will have the opportunity to become better informed before you begin your kitchen project, thereby avoiding uninformed decisions or possibly spending time and/or money needlessly. This article is not about the specific design features of your kitchen and how to design it. There are many good resources available for that. Instead, it is about the process of designing your kitchen. It is meant to help in getting a head start and to expose anyone who is, or might be, embarking upon the design of a new or remodeled kitchen, to the first and most important step - Planning.
Precisely Why There is A Lot of Hype about Modular Kitchen Designs. Modular kitchen designs cater for the needs and demands of all individuals. This is because they are available in a myriad of color schemes including silver, cedar, birch, gold and pearl, as well as white, orange, yellow, green, blue and red. In addition, those that love a combination of various color schemes can get their wishes fulfilled. Moreover, whether your kitchen is small or big these designs are easily incorporated into the design of your home. This gives your kitchen a fashionable look. On the same hand, modular designs modernize the interior décor of the kitchen, giving it a great appeal. As a result, the design of your home, whether modern or traditional, gets a fresh outlook. It appears to be more functional and attractive. On the other hand, people love kitchens that are spacious to give them enough room to move around. Modular kitchens effectively meet this need, since they are well organized and provide the desired storage space. In a nut shell, they provide a clutter free working area.
When you plan to remove or relocate a wall(s), the key factor to determine is, by so doing, will you encounter a load-bearing situation? This occurs when the wall(s) is part of the support system for the structure of the house. Usually a contractor can determine this. If the contractor is uncertain, you will need to have a structural engineer examine the structure to make that determination. If it is non load-bearing, when you are ready to start construction, the contractor can proceed to build out the space per the new plan. If it is a load-bearing issue, your local building authority will require that you retain a structural engineer or an architect to design a structural solution for removing or relocating the wall(s). He or she will submit design drawings and calculations of the solution, to the building authority for approval and permit. Upon receiving the permit, when you are ready to begin construction, the contractor can then proceed to build-out the structure per the engineer's or architect's specifications. This is the process in California, based upon the state building standards, Title 24. The process in the other states is very similar.
The next step in carrying out your DIY kitchen design and remodeling project is the daydreaming phase. Sort out the pictures of your dream kitchens and decide which elements are the must-haves and which are impractical in the scope of your project, either due to cost or space constraints. You will want to measure your existing kitchen, marking in cupboards, counter tops and windows which will remain stationary. Let's say you have got your heart set on new paint and flooring, matching appliance covers, new cabinet facings and counter top coverings, track lighting, an island and a window greenhouse. Wow! Now that is a brand new kitchen. Sounds ambitious. Now let's break this makeover down into separate projects, done over a period of time. The idea is to organize each task such that your budget allows completion, while keeping your kitchen usable during that period, as much as possible.
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