Without already having good experience in kitchen cabinet design, you'd be well advised to select a local kitchen contractor, or at least visit a reputable kitchen showroom to get ideas on how best to use the available space, and develop practical ideas for possible kitchen floor plans. Design. Along with developing potential floor plans, now is the time to bring the overall design of your kitchen together. What styles do you prefer - that would complement your home? Something contemporary - crisp, clean lines, bright and airy, maybe lots of shiny metal? Or would a warmer, natural or stained wood grain suit better - for example an elegant French kitchen, or perhaps a simpler, country style kitchen? At this stage you should consider all aspects of your kitchen - materials, colors, texture and styles to make sure you have a coherent look: appliances - "white goods", or built-in, cabinets, countertops, floor covering, walls, lighting, ventilation, work flow, Making it Happen, The first question to ask (unless money is no object) is how much of your existing kitchen - appliances and cabinets - could be re-used, and still let you create your dream kitchen?
Facilities. What do you need to include within the kitchen? That'll depend on what you want from your kitchen. For example, is you kitchen to be used only for food preparation and serving? Then the minimum for most family kitchens would be: cooker, hob, sink, refrigerator, table or countertops, storage for food and cooking ingredients, storage for cooking utensils such as pots, pans, casseroles, etc, storage for kitchen cutlery, garbage container(s), Other common items to remember: dishwasher, freezer, microwave oven, kettle, tea or coffee maker, drinks dispenser, toaster, What about family dining? Will that usually take place in the kitchen? dining table and chairs, storage for dining crockery & cutlery, Does your home have a separate laundry or utility room? If not, you'll need to plan space for items such as, washing machine, tumble dryer, or other means of clothes dryiny, Space, Once you've listed all the essential appliances and convenience items you want to have in your kitchen, the next step is to check that there is enough floor space available for them all. Remember too - unless you are planning to do major re-building work, you'll need to accept a few "givens", such as: sink position is limited by location of water supply and drains plumbing, and probably windows, same with dishwasher or clothes washing machine, cooker & hob positions are limited by gas and/or electricity supply connections and controls, You'll see a repeated theme in the list above - "storage" - for all sorts of items from food to cleaning materials. That's why kitchen storage cabinets play such a large part in the space allocation and costs. In fact, the largest component of cost in most kitchen re-design projects is the cost of kitchen cabinets and countertops, especially if you've chosen granite countertops.
With the tall ceilings of a scissors truss, I like to use MR16 adjustable light fixtures, not "can" lights. The MR16's are usually know as "strip" lighting. However, you'll want to use a "plate" instead of a "strip" for the fixture connection. By using a plate, the MR16 uses a standard electrical box, so a smaller hole in your insulation blanket compared to a "can" light, and they pump out twice as much light for less wattage (usually 50 watts) than a "can" light. MR16 fixtures can be very small (so you don't see them) and not very costly (around $20). MR16's are adjustable, meaning you can point the light where you want it. A "can" light points light perpendicular to the ceiling. In a sloped ceiling, that's not good. Locate your lights above the countertop to eliminate shadows, along your major work areas (sinks, cooktop, cutting and prep areas) and then distribute evenly along the rest of the countertops. You really don't need lights elsewhere other than for accent lighting. The lights above the counters will be more than enough, assuming you're keeping the kitchen smaller.
Kitchen Sunday , April 08th , 2018 - 12:55:39 PM
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