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Everybody knows that making home renovations beautifies
the home and adds to its usefulness. It also increases
the market value of the house and quality of life of the
owners. This is especially true when it comes to home
improvement projects such as a kitchen renovation.
face it; the kitchen is the central gathering point in
the home, morning, noon and night. Not only do family
meals originate there, but many homeowners are
increasing the size or design of the kitchen to provide
extra space for more relaxed dining. The dining room is
then either converted into a more formal area, for
entertainment purposes, or else transformed into a den
or family room.
Investing In Your New Kitchen Design
You'll hear most people tell you the best home
improvement you can spend your money on is in updating
your kitchen or bathroom. This is absolutely true. Why?
For one, kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms that
people spend the most time in. Home appraisers will also
tell you that an investment in a new kitchen design will
not only add value to your home, but you will get your
money back for when it is time to sell.
To Consider When Thinking About Remodelling Your Kitchen
Multiple Work Centers
Designers now think in terms of multiple work centers
or work stations within the kitchen in order to allow more than one
person to work efficiently without getting in anyone else's way.
Work centers are a little less formal concept than a
classic work triangle since you can basically create a station
anytime decent counter space is provided next to a major appliance
Adding an island is one of the most common ways to
program multiple work centers into a kitchen. It might block the
clear paths of the classic work triangle, but an island creates 2-4
small work stations along its perimeter.
These stations can become major work centers if a
second sink is added or the cook top is pulled away from the wall
and set into the island. Even without an island, you can create
distinct work centers simply by separating the microwave oven and
the cook top/range.
For example, placing them on opposite sides of the
sink—setting the microwave near the refrigerator/freezer—provides
counter space for food preparation at each appliance.
There are two basic cabinet styles: European-style
(frameless) and face-framed cabinets. Either can be ordered from
custom or semi-custom cabinet-makers or from stock supplies. Each
style has a variety of door, wood and finish options. Cabinets vary
in degree of construction quality so look for small details like
roll-out and tilt-out drawer features.
Countertop choices range from very durable, yet very
expensive materials like solid surface or granite to the less
expensive, but attractive choices of ceramic tile and laminates.
Solid surface, marble and granite tops are not typical
Recently, sheet vinyl has been the predominant
flooring choice for moderately-priced kitchens. It has a variety of
textures, designs, price ranges and has virtually replaced linoleum
that was popular in our grandparents' era. Ceramic tile has always
been popular in pricier kitchens, and wood floors are gaining
popularity in both moderate and high end kitchens.
Kitchen sinks are made of materials such as solid
surface, cast iron, stainless steel and plastic. Mounting styles are
either top-mount or undermount with a combination of sizes and
features: single-bowl, double-bowl, deep or shallow. Faucets offer
different finishes: polished brass or nickel, brushed nickel,
chrome, stainless steel. Other options and price ranges include
pull-out sprayers, single-levers, double-handled.
The main appliance choice involves built-in or
free-standing styles. This decision definitely factors into the
overall design. In addition, you'll choose between side-by-side
refrigerators or units with top or bottom mounted freezers. Besides
the traditional gas or electric issue, range options include:
halogen or smooth-top cook tops, double and/or convection ovens,
trash compactors, microwaves, range hoods and down-draft vents.
Kitchen Layout Mistakes
5) Don't install a sink in a breakfast bar.
This design concept is gaining popularity but it's not necessarily a
wise choice, especially if the bar or island faces into a living or
dining area. "The water will splash into this area, onto carpets,
hardwood or furniture and make a terrible mess so a sink here is not
a good choice," says Bignell.
6) Don't let the oven block a major traffic area.
It's not visually pleasing and can also be dangerous, especially if
the oven is near a high traffic kitchen entrance or patio door
frequented by young children.
7) Don't place the stove at the end of a run of counter and
"A stove should always be placed between cabinets and counter
space," says Bignell. This allows for important and practical work
and storage areas on either side of the appliance and is also much
safer. "Children can be burned if there is a lot of space leading up
to a stove, because children tend to use this kind of area for
running and playing."
8) Pay attention to code.
When designing a new kitchen or renovating an old one, there are
many pitfalls one can fall into when it comes to building code. "A
big one is stove placement," says Bignell. "You need to leave 18
inches of space between a stove and a combustible, such as a mantle
hood coming to the counter or a fridge gable. If you don't leave
enough space you won't meet code, which means if you end up making
an insurance claim it could be rejected." Talk to your contractor or
kitchen designer about building codes, or get a copy of local codes
from your municipal offices.
9) Leave enough space between island and counter.
Your kitchen will feel like it's closing in on you if you skimp on
the space between your island and counter. "You should leave a
minimum of 42 inches," says Bignell. "36 inches simply isn't enough
for a major traffic area and will make your kitchen seem smaller
than it is."
10) Place task lighting and outlets properly.
Don't end up in the dark in your brand new kitchen. Kitchens often
require more than one type of lighting, such as overhead or task
lighting, plus dimmers – which are especially important in an eat-in
kitchen. Electrical outlets are also important. Be sure you have
sufficient outlets in practical spots, and keep them away from the
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