Here are some ideas for kitchen design. This article was written by maria Goudiss and I found it on realtor.com. You may like it.
Lay Out the Right Mix of Cabinets, Appliances and Counters
By Maria Goudiss
You’ve decided that your kitchen just has to go. It is old fashioned and no fun to work in. When you are cooking, you are cut off from your family or guests. You would rather have a wall oven and separate cook top, and you really want the open design that you have seen in magazines. Plus, according to “Remodeling Magazine,” a kitchen remodel returns 78 percent of its cost when a home is sold. But where do you start?
You may want to ask yourself some questions. Do you need an eating area in the kitchen? Is there enough space for an island? The new kitchen should be able to accommodate two cooks without one getting in the way of the other, and be easy to work in with everything you need easily accessible. The workspace should flow logically to make your job easier.
As noted kitchen designer and author Sam Clark succinctly states, “A distinct cleanup center, mix (food-prep) center, and cooking center are the basic building blocks of a good kitchen layout.” He continues by saying that your layout can take several shapes. The one-wall kitchen is well suited to small spaces, as is the corridor or galley kitchen.
Kitchens can be L-shaped or U-shaped or they can utilize either kitchen design and incorporate an island. Whatever the shape of your new kitchen, it should follow the guidelines of the classic kitchen triangle.
Developed in the 1950’s for kitchen layouts in government-financed housing, the triangle is an imaginary line from the sink to the cook top to the refrigerator and back to the sink. The sum of all the distances should be no more than 26 feet, and each leg of the triangle should be no less than 4 feet or more than 9 feet, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), which refined the ideal.
The first step to take when remodeling your kitchen is to measure it. Get the ball rolling with your kitchen floor plans by make a rough drawing of the room. Start in one corner and measure from that corner towards the right to the first door, window, or other obstruction, such as a radiator, pipe or plumbing for a sink. Write down the distance. Use inches instead of feet because it makes your task easier, i.e. 123 inches instead of 10 feet 3 inches.
Note the location of doors, windows or other obstructions and their width and draw those, too. Continue to the right around the entire room, noting all the doors and windows until you get back to where you started. It is useful if you have an architect’s scale ruler so you can then draw the room to scale.
There are certain standards established by the NKBA in addition to the kitchen triangle. Any entry doors should not interfere with appliance doors and appliance doors should not get in the way of each other. There should be at least 15 inches of clearance on the handle side of the refrigerator, or 15 inches on both sides if it is a side-by-side refrigerator.
If there is an island, it should be at least 42 inches away from cabinets and appliances. Walkways should be a minimum of 36 inches wide. Allow at least 36 inches of countertop next to the sink and the dishwasher should not be more than 36 inches away from the sink. All countertop electrical receptacles should be GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) outlets.
Open space kitchens have become quite popular. When an island is included in the design, you’ll find that guests will always gather there with you in the kitchen. Two-tiered islands have also caught on; the higher level (standard is 42 inches) can accommodate bar stools. Islands with built-in wine coolers are also available. Designing a new kitchen is rather like solving a jigsaw puzzle. It may be difficult at first, but when your kitchen remodel is complete, the hard work will have been worth it as you enjoy your new, modern space.
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