If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, there are few tips for designing the perfect kitchen floor plan you need to keep in mind.
It should come as no surprise that most people view the kitchen as the most important room of the house. It’s the hub of activity. It’s often the biggest selling point of a home. It contains all the food. If you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen or are starting from scratch, you probably have a ton of ideas floating about in your head – no doubt spurred on by many visits to design websites and hours of home improvement shows. However, trying to bring your vision into reality can be made more difficult by the seemingly endless stream of information at your fingertips. So, this post is, uh, going to give you more information about designing the perfect kitchen floor plan. But consider that you can never plan too much. Planning a new kitchen should take more time than the actual construction. If you plan well, the amount of time you’re inconvenienced by construction mayhem will be minimized. Plus, you’re more likely to stay on budget. How much time should you spend planning? The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends at least six months. That way, you won’t be tempted to change your mind during construction and create change orders, which will inflate construction costs and hurt your return on investment.
Design The Perfect Kitchen Floor Plan With These Tips
Put function first. It’s easy to be dazzled by an array of chic designs. However, focusing too much on aesthetics at the expense of practicality adds up to an expensive (albeit cool-looking) mistake that detracts, rather than adds, to your home. Cooking and cleaning your kitchen can quickly become a needlessly arduous and joyless task if you need to run laps around a poorly designed layout. There’s no “ideal” kitchen shape. Whether it’s a galley or U- or L-shaped, plan for the sink, fridge and cooktop to form a triangle, with no more than 6 feet between each for ease of movement. A good kitchen layout will allow you to move easily between the three while cooking. It should also provide enough space so that if you are cooking alongside someone else, you won’t constantly be knocking into each other.
Mind the cabinets. Most people don’t pay enough attention to how they allocate or use cabinet space, but this is one of the key details that gives a kitchen design that professional touch. Your cabinet layout should be organized according to how you use the space. Situate items that you commonly use together near to each other. Locate frequently used items where they are easily reachable, so you don’t need to stoop down. Even simple touches such as elevating and organizing your spice collection so that it’s easy to see can improve your experience of using your kitchen.
Choose durability. It’s tempting to look at designer kitchens and dream about white, marble-filled spaces. While they’re stunning, your kitchen is likely going to be a 20-year investment, so you’ll want to choose materials that are durable. Marble can look great, but it’s also porous, it can absorb stains and needs maintenance. Stainless steel looks great in photos too but it scratches easily too. Choose materials that suit you and your family’s needs.
Lighting is never not important. Lighting can make a world of difference in a kitchen. It can make it look larger and brighter. And it will help you work safely and efficiently. You should have two different types of lighting in your kitchen:
-Task Lighting: Under-cabinet lighting should be on your must-do list, since cabinets create such dark work areas. And since you’re remodeling, there won’t be a better time to hard-wire your lights. (Here’s more about under-cabinet lights.) Plan for at least two fixtures per task area to eliminate shadows. Pendant lights are good for islands and other counters without low cabinets. Recessed lights and track lights work well over sinks and general prep areas with no cabinets overhead.
-Ambient lighting: Flush-mounted ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, and track lights create overall lighting in your kitchen. Include dimmer switches to control intensity and mood.
Keep appliances in perspective. It’s easy to get carried away with appliances when planning your kitchen. A six-burner commercial-grade range and luxury-brand refrigerator may make eye-catching centerpieces, but they may not fit your cooking needs or lifestyle.
Appliances are essentially tools used to cook and store food. Your kitchen remodel shouldn’t be about the tools, but the design and functionality of the entire kitchen. While there’s obviously nothing wrong with having nice appliances, the reality is that it usually makes more sense to concentrate your dollars on long-term features that add value, such as cabinets and flooring.
Keeps these things in mind, and in no time you’ll achieve kitchen nirvana. Well, okay, there’s a lot more that goes into the process. Creative Kitchens has been helping people in the Portland area give life to their kitchen designs for several years. Why not contact us to find out how we can help?