The floor plan is the very heart of the kitchen. The method generally accepted is to design a three-point work flow area. Take into consideration where doors and windows are, as these are not usually easy to move, and plan around them. The three points are the sink, the stove and the refrigerator. These are the areas of the kitchen with the greatest amount of traffic between them. We need to keep them close together for efficiency.
When meal preparation is under way, the cook does not want to waste time or energy going back and forth between the stove to stir a pot and then to the sink to wash vegetables. The points should be far enough apart so if two people are involved in the meal preparation, they are not in each others way. They are, however, close enough not to waste time. Design the basic flow you are looking to achieve, then move on to planning the cabinets.
Cabinet planning is next in the kitchen remodel design process because we will need a place to store non-perishable food items, mixing and baking utensils, dishes, etc. The proper placement of cabinets is necessary to keep the meal preparation process as easy as possible. Cabinets are available in a plethora of sizes and shapes. The only common denominator is a cabinet height of 35 1/2 to 36 inches above the floor and 24 inches out from the wall for base cabinets. The cabinets will account for almost 50% of your budget, so plan accordingly.
The kitchen counters or countertops are necessary, as a place to put the food for preparation from the refrigerator and the cabinets. Once again, there is an overabundance of choices almost as big as your imagination. I have been in houses where plywood was being used as countertops. I have also been in houses where marble or granite was the norm. For the vast majority, plastic laminate is the countertop of choice. It all depends on your taste and budget. Approximately 12% of your budget will be spent here.
Without a doubt, the kitchen is the area that will be the most rewarding, as well as bring the greatest return on your investment. Just make sure you do not go beyond what the neighborhood home prices will support.
Before starting any construction project, make sure you understand the complete kitchen remodeling process before you do anything. Cost overruns have killed many a project before it was completed. Plan carefully and with proper planning, you can be enjoying a new kitchen in a short period of time.
As the kitchen is the heart of a home and the focal point of most households, kitchen renovation is usually required every few years. For many, the kitchen is the most important part of the house. It is a place where the family congregates during daily meals, holiday entertaining and other activities, and as such, kitchen remodeling and makeover is one of the most common home remodeling jobs general contractors deal with. Having a kitchen that will meet your needs is not a luxury but rather a necessity...and in fact, with today's kitchen remodeling ideas, one doesn't need to spend a lot of money on custom kitchen remodeling design...even a simple kitchen makeover will suffice.
When planning a kitchen remodeling design a detailed plan must be drafted. In any kitchen renovation, whether it's a custom kitchen remodeling or a small kitchen makeover, the kitchen layout style should be well thought of and considered.