I sincerely hope that you have found this information helpful and I wish you the best of luck on your journey. Roger Klein, ASID, CID is the owner of Spectrum West Interior Design in Torrance, California. He has over 25 years experience designing Kitchen/Bathroom, Residential, Commercial and Hospitality projects. We offer a complimentary consultation for those contemplating a new project in our part of the world. Contact us via our websiteConsidering remodeling your kitchen cabinets or layout in the near future? Depending on what's needed and what you decide to do, re-designing your kitchen can be one of the biggest home improvement projects most owner-occupiers will do. I'm not just referring to kitchen DIY, where you might make a few additions or replacements to personalize the design with a few decorative kitchen tiles, or add convenience items such as a kitchen towel dispenser or kitchen cabinet organizers. (Although it's amazing how easy it can be to give your kitchen cabinets and doors a new look with new pulls and knobs!). Let's consider what you should include in your kitchen plans... To make it easier to remember, I'll group topics under 3 main headings - facilities, space, and design. We'll wrap up with a few comments about the practicalities of "making it happen". Thinking through each of these will help make sure you develop a complete specification, and therefore a comprehensive remodel kitchen cost. Here we go...
Natural wooden kitchens - These kitchens are made from solid wood and not particle board. Many of the "assembly-required" are made from laminated particle board and are still considered wood by the manufacturer. The natural wooden kitchens are typically made from spruce, pine or cedar. Many of these designs are more abstract in nature. That is they do not offer realistic detail; however, there is no mistaking that these are play kitchens. They usually combine a sink and stove and have moving parts. It is just that the details are left to the child's imagination. Is my child old enough? In a word, yes. Well, let's qualify that. Some kitchens also have small parts that may come off and pose a choking hazard for a younger child, so your child should be at least three years old. With a small child it is tempting to get a very small kitchen play set. However, a busy preschooler can quickly out grow the small toy kitchen. On the other hand, if you get a large play kitchen, it might overwhelm a younger toddler. You have to know your child, but you want to plan for growth. A smaller child may not be able to reach the upper appliances on a large single unit play kitchen. On other units, the stove top or counter height may be too tall for the child to effectively play with the toy kitchen unit. Your choices are three-fold: buy a smaller kids kitchen and patiently wait until your child grows taller. Or, get a little step stool or bench, just like the one you use in their bathroom, to help the child reach everywhere in their kitchen.
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?
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