Kitchen Design Pre-plan the project as much as possible
When completing a kitchen renovation you should Pre-plan the project as much as possible. The layout, schedule, material purchases / availability, cost analysis are the key to a successful on budget completion.
The kitchen, in comparison to other rooms, typically involves more coordination due to locations of built-in elements with rough-in requirements. All building systems; mechanical, electrical, plumbing, are involved with minimal tolerances due to typical installation requirements.
Consider some of the following before starting the project:
Location, Location, Location
- Room (Location)
- Location of the room in the home
- Location of the room near service or delivery
iii. Location of the room for views and sitting
- Appliance (Location)
- Horizontally – where are the appliances located in the room or horizontal position
- Vertically – what are the heights of the appliance from the floor or counter or the vertical position. Many times this is an overlooked position that relates to conformity or standard. While standards are great for a spec home when building your dream the heights should be considered. Are you and your family tall? Do you have little kids that will need to use the appliance such as the microwave?
iii. Proximity – the location of the appliances, counters, storage to each other and collectively in the room. This is sometimes known as the “work triangle” but I would rather call it the work distances as triangles are not always applicable or desirable as a design feature as the shape could be square or round if you have more stop points say in a Kosher kitchen.
Suggestion: layout room on floor and specifications for selected appliance to check locations and heights using cardboard or roll of paper cut-out sizes and place at locations on plans. It is much easier to change before everything is installed.
Below questions should be viewed as start to your project and should be modified and adjusted according to your individual needs and functioning as this is the “heart” of most homes and has been, in recent times the place where the family gets together or bumps into each other more than anywhere else in the home in all size homes from cottages to estates.
- How will the kitchen typically be used?
- For serious meal preparation
- For quick meal preparation?
- Will you eat most family meals here?
- Do you need a breakfast counter with stools?
- Which type of work area do you prefer – an island or peninsula?
- What type of typical kitchen layout do you like?
- What are the types of appliances you want and where? (See Appliances)
- Oven / microwave
- Double oven
- Warming drawer
- What materials do you want the _______ to be?
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Do you want a desk in or near the kitchen?
- Do you want a walk-in pantry?
- Ceiling height?
- Other kitchen requirements?
Notes: See Better Homes and Gardens for great additional tips and call Cianci Construction when you’re ready to get underway!