By Aidan Payne. Kitchen Design. Published at Monday, April 02nd, 2018 - 00:54:41 AM.
The Benefits. The kitchen design incorporates a variety of significant factors with convenience being the most important one. The kitchen design must account for your daily routine and typical movements within the kitchen; for example, the appliances must be placed in a particular way so that it is convenient for your coordination within the room. The position of different equipment must be considered along with all other features as easy movement minimizes the risk of accidents occurring in the kitchen. Furthermore, your storage space should also minimize risk by having all pots, pans and cutlery in easily accessible, yet out of the way, places. It is recommended that you install hooks and drawers to make the kitchen more orderly. Effective lighting in a kitchen design also contributes to the beneficial appearance of a kitchen space, big or small. Contemporary kitchen designs present with built-in counter-top lights offer a classic, spacious feel. It is recommended that you install proper flooring to complete an overall positive kitchen effect. The choice of flooring is a very important one as an effective floor will minimize any risk of slipping and falling, and as the kitchen is a busy area the risk of accidents is quite high.
THE KITCHEN FOOTPRINT. Let's start with the space you have available for the kitchen. Whether you are designing for a new home, or remodeling in an existing one, you are limited by how much space you have available in which to create your dream. If the space is fairly small, you will want to consider whether or not you have the option of expanding. You may be able to accomplish this in your existing home and, in a new home, very often you still have time to alter the architectural plan, if needed. In either case, if you can eliminate or relocate a wall or walls or add to the house to create more space for the kitchen, it will improve the function and value of the room significantly. Of course, if you do not create an addition to the house, and just remove or relocate a wall(s), you then have infringed upon a contiguous space and decreased its size, so you have to weigh which option is the best for you. Is it worth giving up the other space to increase the size of the kitchen? In my experience, if you can do without the adjoining space, it is much better to devote that extra space to the kitchen.
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.
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.
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