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10 Kitchen Design Mistakes to Avoid #2

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Tip #2 Don’t waste storage space.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Design And Remodeling Team Breakouts: Specialty Finishes

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

One of the key features that really sets a room apart and allows a homeowner to make a space their own is the finishing materials that accent the room: ceramic tile back splashes in the kitchen, granite countertops, stone tile flooring, marble showers, custom bathroom mirrors, etc…

Each of these different types of finishes requires a dedicated craftsman who understands how to plan, design, cut, place and cement the finishes in place. For example, vinyl flooring requires a very different type of workmanship than ceramic tile. Every remodeling team requires specialty finishing suppliers and vendors, so that clients can confidently choose exactly the type of finish they want for their bath or kitchen remodel.

The quality of workmanship on a room’s finishings has a huge impact on the room’s overall feel and ambiance. This requires a seasoned expert who has an artistic eye to appreciate how the finish will support the design of the room and the technical know-how to turn a pile of raw materials into a beautiful finish that customers will enjoy for years to come.