Monday, March 21, 2016

Designing A Kitchen: What You Need To Consider


When it comes to designing a new kitchen, you can go wild with your imagination. You need to design something that not only matches the rest of your home but is practical for everyday use. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in here, so you want something you can be happy with. However you proceed, you should be able to find something useful in our tips to help you throughout the process. It can be a pretty overwhelming task at times, so let’s simplify it for you.

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Design

Well, duh! We’re obviously discussing the design of a new kitchen, but I want to focus specifically on how you make it look. We’re not talking about practicality here; this is about how satisfied you feel when you walk into the room and see that design.

So, let’s think about a few things you could consider. What are you going to do to the walls? Are they currently bare? Are you going to paint over them to match the rest of your house? You could always tile the walls to add a bit of variety. Browse some designs at places like www.tilemarkets.com and see if anything takes your fancy. There’s a lot of flooring design options to consider as well. You might want to consider some slip-resistant material and something that can be cleaned and vacuumed easily. Pick something that ticks all these boxes and still matches the design of your home.

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Practicality

Once you’ve got that perfect design in place, you need to think about how you’re going to use your kitchen. Where you place different cupboards and appliances depends on what you’re planning to do. It’s no point putting them out of reach if you’re not very tall or they’re blocking other appliances because they don’t fit properly.

You’ve got to think about the basics like garbage bins as well. Don’t put them in a difficult place to get to when you’re going to be using them a lot of the time. Don’t just think about appliance positioning, either. Think about doors that might swing open to block things, or whether they’ll get in the way and act as a potential hazard. Make sure you can store sharp items safely so that young hands can’t reach them. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to practicality, so you’ve got to put a plan together before you go making any hasty decisions.

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New Purchases?

Well, if you’re going to design a whole new kitchen, you might as well think about buying some new equipment. This all depends on how much money you’ve got left to spare, of course. Dragging old and dusty appliances into a brand-new kitchen is never the ideal solution if you can avoid it. You don’t want to waste money for no reason, though.

Look at the appliances around your home and see what could do with an update. Some of them might just need a thorough cleaning or a bit of maintenance. Give your washing machine a clean both inside and out. Use some natural cleaning equipment to get rid of that gunk in the oven. You find lots of information about this sort of thing at websites like www.howstuffworks.com to help you. Try and get this all done before you move anything in. Waiting until the kitchen is done will potentially cause messes and spills on floors and walls; something you really want to avoid.

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Think About The Future

If you’re buying a new house and it’s just the two of you, for now, you might be tempted to do with a small kitchen and a particular style of layout. However, what happens when your family starts to grow and you’re left with inadequate facilities? You don’t want to be redesigning all over again, so think about what needs to be in place for the future.

This is only a kitchen, so you don’t have to go crazy. I’m just saying that you might need some extra space, or maybe a breakfast bar somewhere where you and the kids could sit one day. It might just be that you’re planning to have a really small kitchen, and you need to extend it a little. That sort of thing could potentially wait a few years, but it’d be good to get it done now to save hassle down the line.

There aren’t many rules when it comes to designing a new kitchen; just good planning. Create something you’ll be proud of; you’ll be living with it for a long time if things go to plan!


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