By Aidan Payne. Kitchen Design. Published at Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 - 22:00:23 PM.
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.
Because bespoke kitchens are not mass-produced, your kitchen will be unique to yours. It is true that the characteristics of these kitchens have been tried and tested. However, it is possible to expand and adapt these standard characteristics to create a stylish and functional kitchen, which is ideal to your living environment. Moreover, a team of professional kitchen designers can perform an ocular inspection of your home and evaluate the space that your kitchen will take and how you can maximize its functionality. This is crucial so that the designers can plan the aesthetics and the logistics of your kitchen according to your needs. Aside from taking care of your unique design preferences, you also have the option to take advantage of efficient after-care service to maintain and service your fittings, fixtures, and kitchen appliances, which is something that most pre-designed kitchen companies cannot provide.
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 Basics. If you are looking to renovate your kitchen, there are various considerations you should make before choosing a particular kitchen design. Firstly, determine the amount of area space you presently have. This is essential whether you are doing a kitchen design or making alternate renovations - the design chosen must be proportionate to the amount of space you have available. A second basic consideration to make is which functions you want your new kitchen to perform. For example, if you are looking for a kitchen design that allows for guests to congregate and have chats before the main meal, then you do not want to choose a design that is enclosed in a different room. Luckily, there are numerous options from which you can choose. Another aspect to take into consideration is the appliances you will be using in the kitchen, and this is greatly dependent on the number of people in your home. If you have a large family you will require a larger area space with more effective equipment and storage. Items, such as dishwashers and refrigerators, must be chosen with care as they can enhance your kitchen design. To do this you must properly plan your kitchen space and identify how much money you can comfortably spend.
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