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Kitchen Remodeling-DonĂ¢€™t Make a Big Mistake

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

If you’re preparing to redesign your kitchen, there are numerous considerations that other rooms in your home won’t require. Kitchens are inherently tougher than other rooms because they involve more attention to traffic flow, appliance placement and electrical and plumbing location as well.

Let’s start with the traffic flow because no matter what style you pick, from country to traditional to contemporary, if the traffic flow is wrong, you’ll hate working in your kitchen. There’s a simple way to get the main appliances in the appropriate places. It’s called the working triangle. You want your most-used appliances (the fridge and stove) close enough to your sink to prevent you from feeling like you’re running a marathon when you’re fixing a meal. Your stove, fridge and sink should be roughly between four feet apart and nine feet apart. All three sides of the triangle should not be longer than 26 feet combined. Don’t let any other kitchen pieces extend into the triangular space by more than twelve inches. You need to keep that space open for moving and working. If you have a galley kitchen that’s long and narrow, the triangle rule won’t apply, so it’s best to place the appliances along one wall roughly equal distances from each other.

Once you’ve finalized your triangle configuration, you’ll know where you need your electrical and plumbing and you’ll know if you will need to have any of it moved to a new location. Then you can concentrate on cabinets and counters. Remember you want your dishwasher within three feet of your sink for easy cleanup. Also, give yourself enough counter space. Designers advise you have at least 24” of countertop on one side of your sink and 18” on the other. You also want to have counter space close to your oven so you have somewhere close to set hot things. Windows are especially nice above sinks, so if your design allows it, this is an ideal place for your sink.

Electrical placement can be somewhat tricky too. If you are moving cupboards around, remember to leave room on the walls for receptacles. If you encounter a problem, receptacles can be fitted in the side of a cabinet, albeit this is not ideal. Also remember to increase lighting where you’ll require it. The most essential lighting is task lighting over your work areas. If you’ve installed an island, you’ll want to set up lighting above it.

These are the biggest, most essential considerations in kitchen remodeling. Once you get these taken care of, you can move on to the fun part – home decorating. With kitchens, it’s usually worth it to hire an interior designer to at least give you some basic design choices keeping these primary considerations in mind. It will keep you from making big layout errors and, who knows, you might be able to gain some home decorating tips from the designer also.