Top 10 Kitchen Design
and design experts offer advice for do-it-yourselfers.
redesigning a kitchen, put function first, says interior designer Jacqui
Hargrove. "There's no ideal kitchen shape," she says. "Whether
it's a galley or U- or L-shaped, plan for the sink, fridge and cooktop to form
a triangle, with no more than 6 feet between each for ease of movement."
Make room for storage.
biggest mistake people make at the planning stage is not allowing for enough
storage," Jacqui says. "Use every nook and cranny. Put overhead
cabinets right up to the ceiling, rather than leaving a gap on top that
collects dust." Consider deep drawers for easier access to pots and pans,
and include enough storage for appliances that otherwise would clutter up
See the light.
in other rooms of the house, overhead lighting is insufficient in kitchens
says electrician Richard Terode. "In the kitchen, you don't want the light
behind you, casting a shadow on the workspace. You need it positioned to fall
in front of you." He likes under-cabinet lights because they shine
directly on countertops.
sure there are appropriate power sources for relocated or new appliances. Many
people realize too late that they don't have the right gas or electric lines,
Richard says. Plumber Stuart McGroder also suggests measuring appliances to
ensure that they fit comfortably into allocated spaces. "If a dishwasher
is crammed in, it could push up against the hose and won't drain properly,"
5. Space and surface.
There's no such thing as too
much counter space. Choose a surface that's easy to work on and care for. But
keep in mind that grout between tiles is hard to maintain and that stainless
steel will scratch very easily.
appliances or items from the old kitchen
. It may seem as if you're saving
money, but an old appliance will stick out like a sore thumb in a new
environment, says Jacqui. Find other ways to economize. "You don't have to
spend $100 on a drawer handle when cheaper ones still look fantastic," she
says. "The same goes for countertops."
7. Safety first.
Make your Orlando kitchen as safe and family-friendly as possible by planning for good visibility
to backyard and indoor play areas from the cooking area, suggests Dorothy Bell,
a home safety expert. Also consider such safety-conscious elements as rounded
countertops, slip-resistant flooring and ovens located at adult height to
minimize the chances of accidental burns.
8. Clear the air.
A range hood helps ventilate
cooking odors, says appliance consultant James Moore. "Buy one that's
efficient, quiet and vented outside," he advises.
to plan for garbage and recycling bins. Do you want built-in bins cleverly
disguised behind a cabinet door, or a sleek, stainless-steel garbage container
that's positioned out of the way?
10. Look out below
comes to flooring, consider slip-resistance, ease of maintenance and porosity,
suggests consultant Craig Verdon. Stone floors, which are somewhat porous, for
instance, may need periodic resealing. If so, ask how often, and think about
whether you want to deal with that process. "Hardwood floors are
beautiful, but be aware that they wear out faster by the fridge, stove and sink
than other areas," he notes. "Hard, natural stone works wonderfully,
and the earthy look and feel of it is very popular."
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