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Before you turn your attention to what type of cabinet hardware is most attractive, what color you want to paint the walls, and tile designs, give some thought to the big picture of the remodel. What are you hoping to accomplish with the redesign? What are the specific lifestyle objectives? Clarifying your overall vision for the space will help you make smart choices when it comes to materials, layout and appliances.
The kitchen ‘’triangle’’ refers to the sink, fridge and stove—these are the areas with the most activity and you want a design that properly places these elements and allows for easy access. For optimal location of the sink, for example, it may be necessary to have a plumber come in and relocate the pipes and drains. No matter the shape of your kitchen, the sum of the legs of this ‘’triangle’’ should not be less than ten feet and no more than 25—too close together and you will experience crowding with other people in the space and too far apart makes cooking more difficult.
Fads are not limited to clothing. When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, be careful of getting carried away with the latest fads. The average kitchen remodel is meant to last 12 to 15 years, so you do not want to create an ultra-trendy space that you will grow tired of before you are even finished paying for the remodel. Of course, if you have money to burn, and can do another remodel in a few years, feel free to get carried away. Be true to the basic style of the home. If you think there is even a slight possibility you may sell your home in the future, keep this in mind with the design. Do not get all carried away with bells and whistles without thinking about the long-term impact of these additions.
There is no doubt that the advice of contractors and design professionals is invaluable. But, letting them make decisions for you is a common mistake of first-time kitchen remodelers. It is easy to think they know best, and you may not feel confident about voicing concerns. There may also be a bit of decision-making fatigue at play, and it can feel good letting someone else handle it. But, no one knows better than you the vision you have for the kitchen, or how you plan on using the space. For example, if you also use your kitchen as a home office, or you regularly involve the kids in getting dinner ready, do not agree to changes that would compromise either of these activities. Educating yourself about materials, costs and the like will help produce authentic opinions you can voice with confidence.
About the Author:Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who blogs about all things home improvement.
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