Let's Start Planning Your New Kitchen…
kitchen is the most complex and the most used
workspace in the house, and it's important that your
remodeled kitchen matches your needs and lifestyle
as closely as possible.
Consider how you use your kitchen…
How many people are in your household who use the
kitchen? The answer to this question will determine
how much you use your kitchen gets, and much traffic
there is likely to be in the kitchen at any one
two or more cooks typically work at the same time?
If so, you may want extra counter space and/or an
- Do you entertain frequently and do you typically
have formal or informal gatherings? If you
entertain a lot, you may want to open up the
kitchen/living room area into a great room that lets
you be part of the party while you are working.
other activities commonly occur in the kitchen? Some
homes have a laundry closet in the kitchen. Some
people want a wet bar, a breakfast bar or even a
desk for writing or computer work.
you have any special needs? Is a user
exceptionally short or tall and uncomfortable
working at standard height counters for long periods
of time? Do you have a disabled or elderly household
member who may have special needs?
Think about the features you want…
need an island (and have room for it), a
peninsular or breakfast nook?
you fill a pantry?
Would you rather have a
stainless steel sink or enameled cast-iron?
Do you use the microwave for major cooking or
Do you prefer cooking with
gas or electricity?
Do you want a combination
oven-and range or a cook top with a wall oven?
Do you use small enough appliances that you
could use an appliance garage to store them?
Does the style you like fit your home? You may have
loved the European cabinets in the magazine, but
they might not look good in your Queen Anne
- What kind of color changes do want to make?
Would the ideal color necessitate buying new
appliances? When you choose colors, think of them in
relation to surrounding rooms and try to find colors
that complement the rest of the house.
What shape of kitchen will work best for you?
A straight wall kitchen, a center island kitchen, a
U-shaped kitchen, a L or G shaped kitchen or a
galley type kitchen?
How will everything fit within that given shape? If
you're building a new home, of course you'll have
more options to incorporate additional space and
added features in the plans.
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