Though subjective, kitchen design can make or break the feel of the entire house. A well-designed kitchen will put everyone at ease because of the flow it will have from one kitchen activity to the next. If you are planning a major renovation on your kitchen, or even if you are just planning to replace appliances or cabinets, there are a few things to consider in order that your kitchen design will be one that will last a lifetime.
The kitchen design triangle
Very simplistically, kitchen design is derived from one key element: the kitchen design triangle. It´s very important to consider the arrangement of appliances in your kitchen to best utilize the space and provide a good flow from one activity to the next. The basic kitchen design triangle is this: create a triangle between your refrigerator, your stove, and your sink. You never want to place any of these items directly next to each other because it would inhibit your ability to function well in the kitchen. For example, you don´t want your sink right next to your refrigerator because you will want some counter space in between to set things you grab out of the refrigerator or to have a place to dry your dishes.
Typically, in kitchen design, the dishwasher is placed immediately to the right of the sink. However, you may decide that you would feel more comfortable with it on the left-hand side of your sink because you are left-handed and that would provide the best flow for you. When planning your kitchen design, walk around your kitchen, and imagine it the way you want it. Plan out where every outlet will be so you don´t end up having to plug your coffee pot in on top of the refrigerator. Map out your kitchen so your new kitchen design will be followed during remodelling without a hitch.
The kitchen is perhaps the single most important aspect people consider when buying a home. A poor kitchen design can leave you without an offer – and stuck with a poorly designed kitchen! Although important, the kitchen design can make or break the sale for the next owner. Decide in advance if you will be selling soon and if so, you may want to rethink the polka dot tiles for the backsplash. If you do plan on staying, consider incorporating higher quality appliances and fixtures in your kitchen design to ensure that you don´t have to replace anything in your kitchen for a long time.
If you are a baker, you may want to spend the money on an oven with convection. However, if you plan on moving soon, something like convection may not be worth the money. The money in kitchen design should be spent on quality items. Tile countertops always attract more at the time of resale than Formica would. Quality appliances should be considered in your kitchen design without going overboard. Keep everything in your kitchen design in line with the kitchen design of your neighbours, otherwise, you won’t get any of that money back when you go to resell your home.