Posts Tagged ‘Improving Kitchen Design Layout’

10 Kitchen Design Mistakes to Avoid #2

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Tip #2 Don’t waste storage space.


Tip #2 Don’t waste storage space.

Kitchens typically contain lots of stuff. Not only that, but kitchen items are often oddly shaped and require a lot of space, such as food processors or stand mixers. Finding a home for your kitchen stuff while keeping it easily accessible can be a tricky proposition. Because built-ins are expensive and the overall size of the area you’re working with may be limited, one big design mistake is not including enough storage.

Almost every kitchen design has wasted space, but this can be minimized with adequate planning and forethought. If the kitchen is small, consider installing extra-long upper cabinets with molding for extra storage space. Place lighting or greenery along the molding to draw the eyes up. Also remember to always install cabinets over the refrigerator. Not to fully utilize the space above the refrigerator is a waste of potential storage space for large or seasonal kitchen items. Install shelves across the backs of the lower kitchen cabinet, which can preserve about 4 square feet potential storage area. Otherwise, the kitchen will feel smaller than it is because you will constantly be trying to find more storage space.

10 Kitchen Design Mistakes to Avoid (intro and tip #1)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

In this next blog series we will share an excellent article I uncovered with very valuable information regarding kitchen design mistakes to avoid. We will post one design tip at a time so stay tuned for all 10 in this series. First I must give credit to the original author: Andreea of Freshome Design & Architecture.


A lot happens in the kitchen both — cooking and socializing — whether we’re cooking, preparing a quick snack, eating breakfast or serving a three-course dinner to family and friends. The kitchen is one place that needs to be both beautiful and functional. This raises a double challenge of do’s and don’ts in kitchen design. Specialist warn us about 10 mistakes we should avoid in order to achieve both practical and elegant kitchen design.

Tip #1 Don’t obstruct access to the kitchen work triangle.


Tip #1 Don’t obstruct access to the kitchen work triangle.

Experts refer to the sink, stove and refrigerator as the kitchen work triangle, the area of greatest activity, and it requires careful planning and unobstructed access. Of the three, the sink will see the most action and should have easy access to the stove and refrigerator, as well as your counter top workstations.

Sinks need to be installed in close proximity to the plumbing, but often kitchens are designed with the sinks installed right above the plumbing or in a poor location. Instead of making this kitchen design mistake, consider hiring a plumber to relocate the drains and the plumbing to accommodate the best placement for the sink.

Regardless of kitchen size or layout (L-shaped kitchen, galley, U-shaped or island style), the sum of all the legs in a work triangle should not be less than 10 feet nor greater than 25 feet. If the sum of the legs in the work triangle is too small, people will be tripping over each other and if too large, food preparation could be a very tiring task.

K B Design and Remodeling Places In Top Ten for Kitchen of the Year

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

San Diego Home and Garden Kitchens of the Year Logo

San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyle is a prominent local magazine that celebrates home and garden culture in the greater San Diego area. Every year they accept entries for their “Kitchens of the Year” (KOY) contest. This  year, K B Design and Remodeling submitted a kitchen design that we were pretty proud of. See some images below:

Second image of submission to Kitchens of the Year Award
Image of Kitchens of the Year Submission

We were pleased to learn that our kitchen remodel placed in the top ten finalists out of nearly one hundred entries. There are a lot of kitchen remodels done in the San Diego area each year. We are thrilled that the quality, creativity and utility of our design is recognized as one of the best by such a quality publication.

Of course, the true testament to our workmanship comes from our clients. We appreciate all the positive testimonials and referrals we get.  I can never thank our friends and customers enough for all their continued support and goodwill!

Tip 5 Reface Existing Cabinets or Replace

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

This question comes up a lot and especially with economy as it is, all of us are looking for less expensive alternatives with our remodeling choices.  The purpose of this article is simply to share some of  the factual pros and cons of refacing your existing cabinets versus replacing them with new ones.   Then you make your own personal choice which is best for you and perhaps provides the best overall value for your remodeling investment.  There are some reasons why refacing may be a good choice however there are many reasons why refacing in many cases simply does not offer as good of a return on your investment.