Stephanie Moulin May 19, 2020 Kitchen
Modern designer kitchens should be the ultimate representation of your lifestyle yet provide compete functionality in a sometimes very limited space. When we say ’lifestyle’, we really mean how will the kitchen be used and by whom? How much time do you typically spend preparing meals, what type of meals…gourmet or fast food? How are your meals prepared…made from scratch or pulled from the freezer and placed into a microwave? Are your meals eaten in the kitchen, a formal dining room, or in front of the television? Do you have pets to be considered in your new kitchen design? Do you have hobbies which also are done in the kitchen? Lifestyles, when it comes to designer kitchens, will fall into the following categories:Chef Lifestyle, Entertainer Lifestyle, Family Lifestyle, Urban Lifestyle, Accessible Lifestyle.
Work Zones – The basic work stations in your kitchen include a) storage for refrigerated and non-refrigerated items, b) cooking and/or heating, and c) meal preparation. Each work station must complement the other and the distance between each station should be as short as possible and without impediments.
Open Floor Plans – Reflecting today’s more informal living; open floor plans are very popular in new and remodeled kitchens. Typically a kitchen will now open to adjoining spaces like the family room, a great room, entertainment areas, expanded dining space, and/or computer workstation. Open floor plans create new design opportunities and can help you eliminate bottlenecks, improve traffic flow, and even create a perception of more overall space within your home.
Traditional kitchens put less emphasis on technology. This is because at the time much of the technology we use today hadn’t been invented. Kitchens also used to be an area in which were just used for cooking. Today they are seen as a multi functional room. New technology has helped make kitchens not only more efficient but also more entertaining. Kitchen Appliances, In the past few years there has been an explosion in the availability of kitchen appliances.
Keep at least 10% of your budget for unexpected costs. Who knows what lies beneath those old walls or floors? Buying a new kitchen is not something you do every day; plan wisely to ensure getting the most for your investment. Remember that fitted kitchen products and services are not ’off the shelf’ items so make sure your plan also includes the delivery of items so installation is not stalled. A ’build your plan’ and ’follow your plan’ approach will ultimately save you money and provide you with the kitchen of your dreams.
With a foundation of space within our grasp, let us now discuss the key components necessary to plan compete kitchens. Depending on your budget for a new kitchen or the extent of your kitchen remodel, either all or selected components will be considerations in your planning and budget. Cabinets – There are literally thousands of options to consider when choosing kitchen cabinets. Your task can be made easier by narrowing your options using these five things – Price, Material, Type, Color, and Style. Counter Tops have an enormous importance on the look and feel of your kitchen.
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