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Creating An Ideal Kitchen
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
If you really think about it, the kitchen is the most frequently
used area of the house, solely for its wide range of functions.
Depending on the size of your family and the amount of time spent at
home, the design of your kitchen should accommodate to the many
possible uses. With today's advanced technology and expanded use of
materials, it's easy to create an ideal kitchen for your home. Below
is a list of kitchen considerations to optimize your experience.
• Lighting is essential for great food preparation. If you don't
already have lighting about your stove and under your cabinets,
consider adding them. Proper lighting gives kitchen a welcoming feel
and ensures safety.
• Choose between a gas and an electric stove. Gas heats up and cools
down faster, while electric offers sleeker appeal and is helpful for
those sensitive to fumes. Gas also tends to be less expensive to
• The flooring is of utmost importance. One needs to minimize the
chances of slipping, for the kitchen floor is one place where water
usually spills over. Choose between vinyl, stone, hardwood, and
• There are five primary kitchen layout shapes - the U-Shaped,
L-Shaped, Island, G-Shaped, Corridor/Gallery and Single Wall shapes.
Select a layout that will enhance your everyday experience.
• Ventilation systems are designed to remove heat, steam, grease and
odors released from a range or cook top. Choose between updraft
systems, downdraft systems, and ductless range hoods.
• Install kitchen shelves for cook books, and other miscellaneous.
• Use cabinet organizers. There are several specialty organizers
available for cabinets.
• Where is your microwave located? Is it the right size and does it
take-up too much space? It is suggested, for safety purposes, to
place the microwave so its bottom is 24" to 48" above the floor.
• Consider bringing media to your kitchen with a stereo, TV, VCR,
DVD, and CD player. This way you can cook dinner and watch your
favorite shows and listen to favorites songs at the same time.
• Designate an area to create a mini-office with. This area can be
used for sorting mail, doing homework, paying bills, ect. Some
people enjoy bringing the family PC to this area.
• Use the kitchen to care for houseplants. Plants bring a wonderful
breathe of fresh air to the room.
Another important element to an ideal kitchen includes everything
associated with clean-up. The majority of clean up focuses around
the sink center and the dishwasher. The sink center is the most
frequently used area in the kitchen. In this center, you will have a
sink, water and drainage for food preparation and kitchen clean-up
jobs. Many homeowners are particular about where the sink center is
located. Some like to have it under a window so that they can look
outside and keep an eye on the children. Others like to be facing
Double bowl sinks are the most common. However, sometimes single
basin sinks offer more room for larger pots and pans. You also have
to decide how you want your sink to be mounted. There are four main
ways to mount a kitchen sink which include top mounting, under
mount, tile in, and flush mount.
The dishwasher completes the sink center. They are typically mounted
near the sink making it simple to load the dishes. Location will
differ depending on whether you are left-handed or right-handed.
In addition to the sink center, elements such as storage, waste
disposal, media, laundry, space management, and décor are also very
important. The ideal kitchen takes a lot of planning. You want to
bring your kitchen to its highest potential. By examining all the
different ways in which you use your kitchen, you will be able to
optimize the space and enhance your experience. Looking through
magazines will help give you some great designing ideas. Of course
it is also recommended to consult a professional kitchen designer
for any other questions.