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Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
The kitchen is no longer a room simply designated for preparing food
and eating, but rather a commonly occupied room used for gathering,
dinning, office work, and much more. Is your kitchen designed to
accommodate to all of the daily traffic it receives? Updating your
kitchen could be the greatest thing in the world if you consider
just how much time is spent in it. You may not need a complete
remodel, but maybe just a few changes here and there. In addition,
if you decide to remodel, you will most likely get most of your
money back when you decide to re-sell.
The first step to creating the modern kitchen is to take some time
out to gather your ideas. It often helps to sort through magazines,
neighbor's homes, show rooms and stores. Try to think of every
reason your kitchen is currently being used for. Once you have a
good list of uses, think of ways in which to enhance your living
experience. Below is a list of kitchen design ideas to accommodate
to the family.
• Recycling bins
• Media center
• Fine silver display case
• Extra shelving
• Additional appliances
• Fire extinguisher
• Counter Surface and Landing Space
Once you have gathered your ideas on ways to enhance your kitchen
design, you must then begin to consider your current kitchen layout.
Within every kitchen layout resides the work triangle. The three
legs of the triangle connect the refrigerator, sink, and cook top.
An efficient work triangle reduces the steps a homeowner must take
during meal preparation. Today, the reign of the work triangle is
being challenged by two-cook layouts which include the elaborate
island and peninsula work centers. This also includes specialized
appliances such as modular cook tops, built-in grills, and microwave
and convection ovens. Nevertheless, the triangle is still a helpful
starting point for planning kitchen efficiency. It may be useful to
sketch in multiple triangles to cover different requirements.
Aside from the kitchen layout, design and aesthetics are also
extremely important when remodeling your kitchen. This is the step
where you decide what colors, finishes and textures will be
enhancing your kitchen. It is always a good idea to think in the
future when selecting unique aesthetics because you don't want your
new design to negatively affect you when its time to sell the house.
Other kitchen remodeling considerations include kitchen size,
cabinets and storage, appliance placement and use, equipment
controls, budget, and current trends. Expect your entire project to
cost at least a several thousand dollars. However, it is typical for
a homeowner to spend much more then that.
For help with your design and layout, there are several different
places and services to try out. Many homeowners enjoy putting the
plan together themselves. Wonderful software is available to help
you create a layout and design suitable for your needs. Also, there
are free design services at most home centers. However, because
these services are free of charge, you will most likely not get the
best advice on your project. For the best results it is recommended
that you consult and architect or professional kitchen designer. In
addition, reviewing plans with an electrician and plumber will also
contribute to a safer and more advanced outcome.