Entries from August 2007 ↓

Kitchen layouts made simple

If you understand the basic principles of kitchen layout will help take much of the mystery out of the design process. The most basic layout principle is the work triangle. The work triangle is the line drawn from each of the three primary work stations in the kitchen – the food storage, cooktop, and sink. By drawing these lines, you can see the distance you’ll walk to move to and from each area.

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Step 3 – The kitchen layout

You might put the most beautiful cabinets, technologically advanced appliances and high-end finishes in your kitchen, but if you screw up with the layout, the rest doesn’t matter. Here’s how to plan the best kitchen layout for your needs and fit your space.

MAKE IT WORK
When planning your kitchen, it’s important to give careful consideration to how you will use the space.

Think about these first:

  • your cooking style (what, how often, with what ingretients, ect. You know…)
  • the appliances that you are going to want
  • whether you want people in the kitchen with you and how many
  • or do you want people sitting on the other side of the bar, talking while you cook

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Step 2 – Your budget

Woody Allen said once: “Money talks. All mine says: goodbye!” Funny it is for sure, but believe me, you don’t want to tell things like this.
After you’ve spent hours paging through design magazines, imagining every aspect of your dream kitchen, it’s time for a reality check: the budget. Sure, it’s not as fun as contemplating countertop choices, but giving careful consideration to budgeting can keep a project from turning into a nightmare.

SET A BUDGET

While the national average cost for an upscale kitchen remodel is roughly $107,000, according to Remodeling Magazine‘s 2006 Cost vs. Value report, you may spend more or less depending on a number of factors. First, conduct a thorough and honest examination of your finances to reveal how much you can afford to spend. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) offers a worksheet that makes this easy to do. With that number in hand ask yourelf, “How long do I plan to stay in my home?”

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Step 1 – The plan

Summary: Most remodeling projects require some planning, and the best ones are typically planned far enough ahead so that the details can sink in: how you use and live in a space should dictate the design, scope and cost of your project.

Are you itching to breathe new life into an outdated or poorly-functioning kitchen? Hold on. Put down the phone. Before contacting a remodeling professional, you’ll need to do a little soul-searching and research first.

Measure twice, cut once – any sensivle carpenter will tell you this. “Planning is the first phase of any project, and most of the time it’sthe phase that’s ignored,” says Everett Collier, president of theNational Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). “The more pre-planning that one can do, the better off they are.”

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Tip of the day: two dishwashers

When I’ve heard it first, I thought: what a lazy guy! He told me he hates having to put the dishes away once they’re clean. So here’s his solution – install two dishwashers in your kitchen instead of the usual one.

two dishwashersThis means that once his dishes are clean, the dishwasher in regarded as the cupboard. When you’re hungry, just take the plates and spoons from the dishwasher/cupboard, then – upon finishing your meal, – put the dirty dishes in the second, vacant dishwasher. As soon as this second, vacant dishwasher is full, get it to clean your dishes. Once clean, this second dishwasher is now the cupboard, and you put your dirty dishes in the other one. Just like the circle of life.

(Actually, the lazy guys are relatives living in Australia)

2007 color trends for the kitchen

Color has always been a key factor in the success of housewares products, but it has intensified as consumers become more knowledgeable and sophisticated, according to Lee Eiseman, internationally renowned color and design expert.

“Color is such a huge enticement,” says Eiseman, who again will be giving two provocative presentations on color at the International Home & Housewares Show. “I don’t care how many potato peelers you have. If you see this cool new purple one, and purple happens to be one of your favorite colors, that’s going to draw you. Statistically, in the last few years color ranked anywhere from 60 to 75 percent in a product’s success. Now, we’re seeing as much as 80 percent.

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