By Aidan Payne. Kitchen Design. Published at Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 - 00:35:26 AM.
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.
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.
The golden triangle. One well-used theme by British kitchen design specialists is called the golden triangle principle. What this means is that like equipment should be paired up with each other and placed in a central work space for easy access. This makes cooking or baking in the British kitchen much more efficiently and effectively because cooks have immediate access to everything they need to accomplish a specific task. It depends on the needs of the user as to what is considered to be a part of the golden triangle. For instance, some people may want their three items to be a stove, sink and microwave. If so, the design would place these three items close together when planning the arrangements in the kitchen. Usually one large item, in this case the stove, could be considered as the anchor item for the triangle formation.
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.
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