Designing a New Kitchen Layout

The kitchen is considered as the heart of your home, and how often you use your kitchen for cooking, this will be one of the most highly trafficked areas of your home. Designing a kitchen is more than just finding space for everything. The best kitchen layouts have been designed for function. Here are some tips for the perfect kitchen design for your space.

The kitchen has the work triangle or the kitchen triangle. The key points of this triangle are the sink, the stove and the refrigerator, which are the most often used appliances in the kitchen. For the best layout, make sure that each side of the triangle is at least four feet long, but not more than nine feet long. Overall, the three sides should not total more than 25 feet. The kitchen triangle needs to be unobstructed for best results. There are ways on how to lay out a kitchen in terms of counter placement. The most popular version is the U-shaped design. You can also work with an L-shaped design. The counter lay out depends largely on your doors and the length of the room. As you’re planning this, work with graph paper to get an accurate reflect on the size of the room so you can see if your design plan is practical.

Without space to work, a kitchen is impractical. When you move into a house, you may have to live with poor design choices that give you little room to work, but if you’re designing your own kitchen, you can take care of potential space problems before they ever arise.

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7 Steps to Budgeting for Your Kitchen Remodel

Managing the amount you spend on your project is easy if you follow these rules:

Put your budget and how much you’re actually spending on spreadsheets so you can keep tabs on how much you are actually spending. If you see a cost overrun starting to happen, you can stop it..

Put your budget and how much you’re actually spending on spreadsheets so you can keep tabs on how much you are actually spending. If you see a cost overrun starting to happen, you can stop it..

1. Decide how much you want to spend, and stick to it.
Setting a budget for your kitchen remodel and staying within it sounds so obvious and simple, but it’s harder than you think.

2. Know how the costs will break down.
Labor will consume anywhere from 20 to 35 percent of your project costs. Cabinets can also devour a big chunk of your kitchen remodel budget.

3. Set aside 20 percent of your budget to handle the unexpected.
You’re going to encounter surprises in your kitchen remodel, especially in an older residence. There are all sorts of budget-busting surprises lurking behind the walls or under the floor. Like when you rip out your walls and discover your electrical wiring is out of date. Or you pull out your dishwasher and discover the floor beneath it is rotten thanks to a water leak you didn’t know about. Leave some wiggle room in your budget to cover these surprises.

4. Make a list of your renovation priorities.
What’s most important to you? New appliances? New cabinets? Write down your priorities so if unexpected costs hit your budget, you’ll still get the top things on your list done.

When setting your priorities, think about how important the little goodies like crown molding and a super-luxe faucet are to the overall look and function of the kitchen. The little things add up. There may be a cost-saving alternative, or you may be able to do without the item entirely.

5. Decide whether you’re going to stay in your home while renovations are taking place.
Living someplace else while the work is being done is a good idea and will lessen your stress. Take into account the cost of an apartment or hotel, storage fees and moving fees.

6. Do some of the small work to lower your costs.
You don’t have to pay someone else to do all the work. Demolition – taking out the old cabinets, appliances and flooring – is easy to do.

7.  Avoid extras. Don’t be tempted to deviate from your budget mid-project.
If you catch yourself saying “It would be so great if we added (fabulous kitchen feature here),” stop yourself. This is how budgets get blown. Go look at that remodeling budget you made in step 1, and repeat the number like a mantra. You can live without the little extras.




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