Kitchen Remodeling: Considering Kitchen Design
From Floors to Cabinetry, Your Kitchen Remodel Needs a Good Plan
A good kitchen remodel project starts with a well-thought-out plan. Whether it’s a partial or complete kitchen renovation, it’s important to consider all of the deficiencies in the old kitchen, first. List the areas that could be more functional or could add convenience.
Work with a kitchen design expert to create the perfect plan for your new kitchen. Designing and planning a kitchen remodel is a major endeavor, and one that requires some amount of expertise. It’s easy to make errors that could turn out to be quite costly. It’s important to list the possible issues that could be encountered ahead of time, to prevent them from becoming a disaster later on.
For example, if you are planning to switch out your cabinetry, and the design of the new varies from the old, it’s important to thoughtfully plan this out ahead of time. Some common mistakes include misconfiguring door swing on the cabinets when measuring the space.
You’ll also want to consider whether the planned design follows the “work triangle” rule, which states that the refrigerator, stove and sink must have distance from one another, to enable traffic minimization throughout the work area. Be sure to plan the size and position of your new kitchen sink.
Also, be sure to consider the functionality of your new appliances and work that into your plan. Be sure you know, and measure, the door swings of the appliances and take note of the direction in which the appliance doors open, to ensure they will not interfere with cabinetry or other appliances in the space.
Flooring is also important to plan out ahead of time. You’ll need to decide on the flooring material – linoleum, wood, tile, ceramic? When planning the flooring, be sure to consider the height of the appliances and cabinets. Extra floor backing materials, for example, could add a good amount of height, and could dramatically affect the fit of your cabinetry and appliances.