The kitchen is the heart of every home, where families cook, entertain, and relax. Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing kitchen, and by those regards planning for the mood of the kitchen sets the tone for the rest of your home.

The kitchen is the most expensive and challenging room to build or remodel. But it’s where everything happens — talking, cooking, scheduling — so it’s important to make the space functional, comfortable, and attractive. Making sure your kitchen works for your family requires more than simply selecting beautiful finishes. You’ll also need to make smart design decisions that create a safe and accessible space.

Steps to Success: 

The very first things every home owner must do when thinking of their new kitchen is how they are going to maneuver through it. A rule to follow is the “Triangle Rule” which means whichever 3 items are going to be used most often must be in a clear line of one another. (Example: I love cooking breakfast which means I am cracking eggs, cooking bacon, toasting toast. Also, cleaning while cooking is very important to me because who wants to put freshly cooked pancakes next to a pile of wrappers and broken egg shells? If I want to flow well in my kitchen, my kitchen must have a large surface area around my stove with a trash and dishwasher within a couple steps from the stove. Which makes my Stove, my Trash and my Dishwasher the 3 items which must be in clear sight of each other)

10x10 Standard Kitchen Floor Plan

Electrical and Ventilation 

A kitchen must have at least one wall-switch controlled light, with the switch placed at the entrance. At least 8 percent of the total square footage of the kitchen must be windows or skylights. It’s also important to have task lighting over every work surface.

For all cooking surface appliances, install an outdoor-venting ventilation system with an exhaust rate of 150 cubic feet of air per minute. Installrange hoods or microwave-hood combos at least 24 inches above a stove or according to manufacturer instructions. If a microwave is placed below the countertop, the bottom must be at least 15 inches off the floor. Allow 15 inches of clear space above the refrigerator.

 

Finishes

Now that you’ve got your workflow and functionality mapped out you can start looking at the most important feature, the colors. The easiest issue homeowners run into is only imagining one item at a time. Some features look great by themselves but putting a white granite top with a white antique style door will surely hurt your eyes to look at it.

You must look at what this kitchen is going to say and what mood you wish our kitchen to envelope. By attempting for an elegant look most homeowners reach for a stone countertop with smooth finishes on the cabinet doors. Or if you are more the type who enjoys the cabin feel, simply, changing the cabinets from a frameless to a framed cabinet can alter the finished look of your kitchen.

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However, it does not take mush to go too far on the details so remember that adding trim and detail can bring a level of elegance to your project but too much can look like a garbled mess as demonstrated below.

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Designing a beautiful kitchen is significantly more than picking out a nice cabinet door or a nice countertop finish, it takes time and imagination to visually build your kitchen from the ground up. But, take your time and work through what will be best for you.

Whatever you cannot manage we will help with. Happy designing!