How to Build the Pefect Kitchen
Families tend to gather in kitchens, around food and warmth and the performance of daily tasks that need to be done in the kitchen. It can be very difficult to design the perfect kitchen because of all the different functions your kitchen has to perform, and because of all the various components of cabinetry, work and storage spaces.
Here are some tips on how you can design and create an efficient and well-designed kitchen.
Make two lists, one that details the things you love about various components of your existing kitchen, and one that details the things that you don’t like about your existing kitchen. The components you should list are: the layout of the cabinetry, storage needs, appliance configuration and the functions of those appliances, exhaust capabilities, maintenance of the countertop, availability of workspace with lighting, whether or not you want an island, windows, style and location of sink and faucet, type of floor, location of electrical outlets and any ceiling details you like.
How You Use Your Kitchen
Consider the following lifestyle factors and whether or not they are likely to change. How many people are usually involved in meal preparation in your kitchen? Do you make cooking a larger point of your life than just a necessary chore? If you entertain – how often and whom? Where is eating done? Consider whether you use the microwave or the standard oven more often. Also consider if the kitchen is more than just a destination to get food, but is actually a gathering spot. Consider the areas you want accessible to children, if any. Also, be sure to think about how long you’ll be living in the home and what changes may be likely to occur during that time.
Once you know what functions and performances you need from your kitchen, consult a professional for the last step of the design. Be sure to check that they have a good track record and can provide references, and that you feel comfortable communicating with them. Be sure that they clearly communicate the financial aspects of the design.
It’s a good idea to use magazine clippings, samples or your Pinterest board to show the designer what you like. Trust the designer’s professional input on colors and design.
Can you do any of the labor yourself to save money?
Will the value of the upgrade appropriately enhance the value of the house in a way that will help resale?
What are the options for lowering the cost of products?
If the design is over-budget, are the overages things that you honestly need?
Once you’ve considered all of these things, you’re ready to put the final touches on the kitchen design!
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