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Designing Your Kitchen the Right Way

Plan with the Work Triangle and Install Quality Appliances

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A modern kitchen; photo courtesy Sarah Gotheridge

When you are building a home for the first time there are a lot of things to think about in order to get the home that you are longing for. The kitchen is one of the many areas that needs to be designed and built properly in order to be the most efficient.

The kitchen is the heart of any home and by taking into account the following tips, you can ensure that every aspect of your kitchen will be designed, built, and installed the right way the first time.

Think About What You’ll Need in the Future

When planning your kitchen you need to not just think about your current needs, but your future ones as well. For example, the kitchen you are planning may seem appropriate, but it may not suit your needs a few years from now.

This tends to be true for many individuals who have growing families or plan to entertain guests in the coming years. It’s best to make sure that you plan your kitchen to be large enough to allow you and your family space to move around freely.

You should also make sure that you have adequate counter and cabinet space so that you can store items and prepare meals.

Making sure that your kitchen will fit your needs for the upcoming years is easier than having to remodel your kitchen because it no longer is adequate for you or your guests.

The cardinal rule of kitchen design and layout is the kitchen work triangle. Basically, this involves situating your work areas for top-notch efficiency.

More Money Now or More Money Later

Another modern kitchen; photo courtesy Sarah Gotheridge

It may be tempting to try to save money now by using cheaper materials or not going for upgrades that you want. However, by trying to save money you may actually end up spending more because you will need to update or upgrade your kitchen in the very near future.

The kitchen is a high traffic area and it generally sees a lot of wear and tear. Because of this, you should opt to choose items that are of a higher quality and will last over time. Just remember that cheaper materials usually means poorer quality.

Countertops Can be Your Friend or Foe

Countertops are used daily in most households. They should be made of a material that is easy to clean as well as being versatile enough to match almost any decor just in case you decide to make changes to your kitchen.

When deciding on a countertop, keep in mind the benefits and limitations of each type of countertop. For example, granite countertops are very durable and can outlast most wear and tear, but they will need to be polished once a week.

Laminate countertops, on the other hand, can sustain scuff marks fairly easily, but they can suffer damage from hot pans.

In conclusion, by keeping the above tips in mind you will be able to design a kitchen that meets your needs now and in the future. You should carefully think about what you want to get out of your kitchen when you are designing it.

By choosing the right materials and kitchen layout the first time, you will save money and and you won’t be inconvenienced by having a kitchen that is inadequate for your lifestyle.

About the Author:

Nisha has been writing about DIY and home renovations for a few years now. She enjoys reading various health articles from and other similar sites.

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