By Aidan Payne. Kitchen Design. Published at Saturday, March 24th, 2018 - 23:18:09 PM.
THE KITCHEN OF TODAY. The kitchen has traditionally been the most important room in the house because cooking and sharing food has long been central to family life. Meals will always be important, but cooking has, in some cases, significantly changed. The grocery industry has focused on replacements for home meals and hundreds of restaurants have incorporated "to-go" in their business model. Whether we cook frequently or not, kitchens remain the foundation of family life because it is where we live and gather. It is where most of us start and end our days and share the information of our day. Today's kitchens serve more roles than ever before: entertainment center, home office, cooking and dining space. The electronics for an entertainment center may include TV, music and internet connection and the office area may have a desk, files, computer and bookshelves.
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.
Designing a kitchen for a new or existing home is a big investment in time, money and energy and it is sometimes stressful and challenging. Unfortunately, some vendors and TV programs do not like to dwell on this aspect and therefore mislead the consumer regarding the actual amount of time and effort that is required. Even though creating a new kitchen is challenging, most clients say that the results are more than worth the effort. I hope that the information provided herein will be a helpful contribution toward having you well on your way to a successful project. Before you begin the process of designing your new kitchen, you will need to set the criteria for the design. I recommend that you engage a professional kitchen designer that not only designs the cabinet layout, but designs every element of the kitchen and is involved throughout the entire project, so that the final result will be a cohesive design that reflects optimum function and style. The designer will not only help you create a beautiful, efficient, kitchen but will save you significant time and money and you will both have fun developing your joint creation. I trust that what follows will get your energy flowing and thoughts racing, in preparation for actually embarking upon your journey. And, it "is" a journey!
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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