Most of our family activities take place in the kitchen… cooking, cleaning, eating, drinking and socializing. That is why a functional and beautiful kitchen is so important. Remember organization and layout are key components. In this article we have outlined a few renovation mistakes you should avoid and design tips to try.

Have The Right Sized Kitchen Triangle Design

The goal of the kitchen triangle, the centerpiece of most kitchen layouts since the 1940s, is to create the best work area possible in this busiest of rooms. Kitchen design professionals refer to the sink stove and refrigerator as the kitchen triangle. If you place them too far away from each other, the theory goes, you waste a lot of steps while preparing a meal. If they are too close together, you end up with a cramped kitchen without adequate space to prepare and cook meals. Regardless of your kitchen size or layout the sum of all the legs in a work triangle should not be less than 10 feet or greater than 25 feet. If the work triangle is too small , people will be tripping over each other. If it is too large, food preparation could be a tiring task.

Take Advantage of Wasted Storage Space

Finding a home for your appliances while keeping them easily accessible can be tricky. Minimize with smart kitchen renovation planning. If your 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. Use baskets to conceal linens and small appliances in the space between the fridge and cabinets If you do or do not have a soffit, see if you can remove it. If you can, you can store infrequently used items above the cabinet for display purposes.

Create Extra Counter Space

One of the biggest complaints about kitchen design is the lack of counter space. Keep things off the counter with pegboard storage. You can use burner covers to create a work surface when not using the stove burners. You want to fit as much open horizontal surface area in a kitchen as possible. An easy way to do this is by adding an island or breakfast bar.

Have Enough and Different Types of Lighting

As the heart of the home, kitchens have different lighting needs than other rooms. There’s the practical matter of creating enough task lighting for people to prepare meals, but also the need to craft a welcoming, warm environment for guests to enjoy without too much fuss or formality. The kitchen is one room where you can’t afford to have poor lighting.

Don’t Forget the Backsplash

Sometime the back slash is forgotten in the budget planning. Always put in a back splash. It will cost you a lot of time and effort if you do not. Think about all the steam, water and grease in the kitchen and you will understand why installing a back-splash above the counter-tops and cook-top is necessary. It is much easier to clean grease off a back-splash made of tile, metal or plastic than paint or wall paper.

Don’t Forget Ventilation

Delicious aromas may be an enticing part of good cooking, but moisture, grease, odors, and heat from stove-top food preparation will damage the surrounding areas. Steam from cooking condenses on windows and walls, and carbon monoxide from gas-range combustion can build up. Mechanical ventilation from a range hood or vent — which removes stale, odorous steamy air through ducts — eliminates or lessens these problems.

Choose the Right Size of Kitchen Island

Fit you island to your traffic flow. Ideally, an island should have 36 to 48 inches of space around all sides to accommodate foot traffic. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 76 percent of home buyers consider a central island essential to the kitchen. Kitchen renovation experts say that unless your kitchen is at least 8 feet deep and 12 feet long , you should not consider an island.

Choose a Timeless Kitchen Remodel Design

Trendy colors and designs have a short lifespan. The latest kitchen trends and high-end equipment may not be the best choice. Between expensive appliances, custom cabinets, and costly counter-tops, we spend a lot of money on our kitchens. So make sure that all of this money isn’t creating a kitchen you will want to update again in five years, the trick is to incorporate timeless kitchen design elements that won’t soon go out of style

Invest in the best quality materials and workmanship you can afford. A shoddy job will have to be redone sooner, creating more waste and costing you more in the end. Know your needs and plan ahead. Choose materials that will stand up to kids, clean freaks, dogs—whatever’s “real” in your world. Listen to the experts. Kitchen designers, architects, and fellow remodelers all know things you need to learn.

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