Avoid All Unnecessary and Costly Mistakes in Building your Dream Kitchen

Remodeling or building your own kitchen for the first time is something that could prove to be a little too stressful and disruptive for a lot of us. This is besides the fact that it could also be too costly especially if you need to redo some details because you didn’t spend enough time for careful planning. Don’t let yourself get caught spending more than you should by doing your own share of researching on the best kitchen designs and also make it a point to acquaint yourself with the most common kitchen remodeling mistakes from the first-hand experience of others.

Here are some of the most common mistakes and issues that people come across with as they go through the process of building or redesigning their kitchen:

The Absence of Planning (Not Having A Plan) – Building a kitchen from scratch or even just doing some minor remodeling is definitely a multi-faceted process that needs a great deal of careful planning contrary to what most of us think to ensure the success of our project. Planning is an integral part of each and every endeavor whether it is meant to be accomplished as a group or individually. Poor planning or not having a plan at all is a sure way leading you to failure.

When in the process of planning there are some questions you need to ask yourself and several key elements that you have to decide on based on these considerations:

– Who will be using the kitchen most of the time?

– What basic tasks will they be doing in the kitchen?

– Do you have a floor plan prepared in relation to the basic workflow patterns?

– Have you already figured out the layout and placement of your cabinets, shelves, drawers etc.?

– What kitchen appliances do you currently have, what do you want to add and which kitchen gadget goes where?

– Have you decided on what materials, lighting, and kitchen fixtures, colors do you want to use, where to get them as well as who will be installing them?

A sound plan only shows that you have a clear understanding as to how these basic kitchen elements correlate to each other and how they greatly affect functionality.

Misunderstanding or Downplaying the Correlation Between Your Appliances and Your Design – The kitchen appliances you currently have as well as you would want to add should certainly be given some serious thought consideration. After this has been decided on, you would then be able to designate a place for each of them without compromising or wasting important kitchen space.

Taking the Importance of Proper Lighting for Granted – Lighting plays a huge role when it comes to safety while working in the kitchen. We should keep in mind that it does more than just setting the ambiance. It’s also imperative that you try as much as possible to integrate the use of natural light as well as pinpoint the strategic locations to install your lighting fixtures in the early stages of planning.

Never think twice about consulting a professional to help you in planning the best layout and design as well as give you a rough estimate of the total remodeling costs. It would also be advantageous on your part to do your own research just to help direct you in making informed decisions.

The Four Most Stylish Appliances in the Kitchen That Are Here to Remain

It is a clear reality that any trend or style that comes in an era is sure to be obsolete as soon as something fresh comes out the market. It’s the same as kitchen design is concerned. However numerous designs elements for your kitchen as well as materials that will be a huge part of traditional kitchen necessity.

With the recent advanced technology, the latest trends in appliances and fixtures for our kitchen that are used in restaurants and hotels are available to those who can afford and are now accessible to everyone. Here are some latest items worth investing for your kitchen.

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Multi-Function Ovens – Majority of people choose to have the regular 36 inch cooking range for simple reasons that is a massive oven. Apart from a fixed range oven, it’s also a requirement to have a microwave oven in today’s modern kitchen. Separately buying them is an alternative. The question would now be, why not purchase an oven that can do both functions in one appliance? There are numerous multi-function products available in today’s market. These come in convection/steam, convection/microwave and convection/grill oven abilities.

Side-by-Side ovens – Another required equipment for the kitchen and definitely rising in popularity. Some of us are settling with the common single-stack double oven which is a very reliable equipment for one’s kitchen. Also in a single unit with double ovens have its disadvantages with its functionality. The main disadvantage would be having the whole unit unusable while waiting to be fixed or serviced.

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Side-by-Side ovens have comfortable height which gives you a relaxing state while working. It can also be included and installed beside your usual range rendering you a wide kitchen floor area. But the advantage would be having an extra oven to be used while you have the other fixed or waiting for your replacement. Now that’s being practical with functionality.

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Integrated refrigerators – the expanding fame of kitchen fashion nowadays is totally unquestionable. If you want a kitchen setup that will never go out of fashion; this will be the answer. This existing style in kitchen design uses wood sheets that correspond around the outline of the cabinet and giving the refrigerator an impression of minimalism for being just like another kitchen furniture. Some use stainless steel accent than wood-like panels have a brilliant clean and eternal look.

This trend comes a little retro-feel refrigerators that are ideal for people who have conventional or country inspired kitchens. These equipments undoubtedly turn out well with ones retro-feel equipments in the kitchen.

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Built-in-Beverage Centers – These are surely one of some trendy kitchen innovations that would never go out of trend soon. This is best for homes that don’t have the comfort of having their own wine cellars. These fixed wine and other beverage cooling rack is ideal for housing wine and your sodas and beer.

Most Recent Designs and Requirements for Our Kitchens

An annual survey is being conducted by NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) to identify the latest updates in design and improvement for our kitchens. This year alone, over 300 members participated in the survey that gave a vivid picture differentiating numerous trendy designs, materials and products that are developed by their team of designers in making and displaying the best in the world of modern kitchen.

Here is a quick peek at the facts in today’s most recent designs for our kitchen all over United States and across Canada:

Using Darker Paint Finish – Kitchens with light to dark hues of paint are very common to over the years. Last year’s survey present that light, medium and dark hues are used by people 30%, 54%, 55% of them respectively. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). This year’s 4% increase in 44% for the past 2 years of glazed finishes are also noted by NKBA.

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Kitchen Cabinet Painted in White – when dominant colors in the cabinet is concerned, white has been the top choice over the years. With the increasing kitchen fashion three years back, it’ll be safe to say that this trend is going to stay for a while. Surveys indicate predominant white-painted cabinets increased to 67% this year compared to 47%-59% of last year’s survey.

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Using LED Lights – Light-emitting diodes or LED is another type of lighting known to be the most highly recommended lighting vital to kitchen design according to experts. Almost NKBA members and designers across U.S.A. and Canada have chosen this technology of lighting due to its energy efficient characteristic aside from it being stylish; 77% of kitchen designers recommend LED shows increase from last year’s 70%. This rising kitchen fashion from 2010 50% shows that this design will not go out of style anytime soon.

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Satin Nickel on your Faucets and Metal Fixtures – Conducted surveys from 2011 indicate the most popular materials chosen for the kitchen’s faucet will be satin nickel. Usage of it sky rocketed from 42% to 60% from 2010 to present. The rising popularity of finishes such as oil- rubbed bronze has also been noted. Demand for these finishes is increasing, most likely attributed to the decreasing popularity of chrome and polished nickel. Polished chrome has been noted in 2012 seen a major downtrend from 52% to 47% according to a recent survey. Data gathered in polished nickel usage on the other hand indicates a 25% to 20% declination currently.

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Glass Backsplash Accents – Almost three years of glass backsplashes dominate the kitchen at an increasing 42% in 1 2010 survey to 64% to date. According to the current surveys, natural stone usage drop from 60% to 55% even though ceramic and porcelain tiles still remain at the top for three years and counting, its major use seen a downfall of 88% in 2010 to 77% on the recent survey.

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The Most Frequent Kitchen Design Faults to Avoid

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The kitchen is most likely the busiest place in every house. This is the place where numerous meals are being prepared whole day, from breakfast to dinner and even just a snack in between meals. It’s a place where a lot of family discussions take place and it’s also a nice place to entertain with really close acquaintances. In short, a lot of action takes place here.

Moments spent with family and acquaintances are very special and it’s also one of the main cause why we should make our kitchen a favorable yet functional area to work on setting up food as well as also being able to spend moments sharing food and laughter in them. Generating a perfect kitchen environment could be a challenge but being aware of the most common drawbacks in kitchen design could help make it a breeze.

There are quite a few common mistakes that architects and kitchen designers warn about. Let’s take a good look at some of them:

Obstructing entry to the kitchen triangle – For those who are not familiar with this phrase, the “kitchen triangle” refers to your sink, your stove and your refrigerator. This is clearly the area where most of the kitchen commotion happens with the sink being used frequently. This arrangement should be created with cautious planning so that anyone working inside these three points in the kitchen should have easy and clear access.

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Wasted storage space – For anyone who loves working in the kitchen, I’m pretty sure you have observed that it contains a lot of odd shaped kitchen tools and devices that sadly eats up a lot of very important kitchen space. This phase of kitchen planning should be presented in a way that you have an area for everything and have easy access to them at the same time.

There is a little chance for error when it comes to making the most of your kitchen space. It’s a relief to know though that making a few wrong estimates here and there is pretty much tolerable since a huge percentage (about 85-90%) of all kitchen designs do have minor flaws when it comes to using and maximizing all important kitchen workspace.

Poor preference of lighting and lighting equipment – It’s an absolute fact that, of all the rooms in your household that involve the need for sufficient and strategically placed lighting; the kitchen would be the most important. Aside from improving your kitchen’s ambiance, safety is the main reason why we should choose the best lighting fixtures and calculated installation should be included in the planning stage of your kitchen building project.

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Don’t forget to install sufficient ventilation – There’s no better (way) of getting rid of unwanted kitchen smell than providing plenty of ventilation. If you have experienced walking into someone’s house and still be able to distinguish (what) last night’s dinner was because of the lingering odor that stayed, you would realize the worth of installing adequate ventilation in your kitchen.

Aside from mounting range hoods to help filter the odor of whatever you’re cooking, it is crucial that you also invest in ventilation equipment such as exhaust fans that should be placed in strategic areas to help improve the air quality in your kitchen.

Is It Really The Right Time For Remaking Your Kitchen?

There are a lot of possible reasons why we should consider remodelling our kitchen. It might be because you moved to a new place, a growing family, the need to replace old kitchen furniture and fixtures and the list goes on. No matter what our individual reasons are for recreating our kitchen, we must be aware of the fact that it could be a very challenging task. Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons that would help you decide if it’s the right time to remodel.

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First consideration we should take a look at is “Adequate Space”. Take a step back and see if you’re satisfied with the current amount of cabinet, counter and floor space that you have. If not, remodelling might be timely. This would help create more cabinet space for storage, give you more space for moving around and a wider workspace for all the usual kitchen tasks.

An excellent kitchen design basically starts with choosing the right location and orientation. However, given the fact that the idea is to redesign a kitchen, I don’t think a lot of us would have much of a choice when it comes to this part of the planning stage. But may it be that you are fortunate about your existing kitchen layout, you must remember that the most ideal orientation would be facing east where the morning sun would give your kitchen a pleasant source of illumination.

After this has been taken care of, we need to know the basic design principles that would help us in coming up with the most ideal kitchen layout that would best suit our needs. One of the things we should consider when it comes to the layout is the “Foot Traffic” going to and leaving the kitchen. You would find that having an access door from the kitchen to the garage would lessen the burden of carrying the groceries in as well as make the task of disposing garbage a breeze. If more than just one person is in the kitchen at any given time, you should think about creating more room for ease of movement around the central work area.

A “Growing Family” is one of the major reasons that a lot of us have to start renovating our kitchen. This happens to be true especially if we have very young kids and it so happens that our kitchen appliances as well as our kitchen layout is a bit outdated and may pose as a threat to our children’s safety, we shouldn’t think twice about remodelling.

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Having outdated kitchen appliances may cost us a lot more on electricity bills. “Efficiency” is also one of the reasons for recreating your kitchen. We should realize the fact that replacing our old appliances with the more, energy efficient and technology advanced ones is definitely a very wise investment and is also the most logical way for us to save a lot of our hard-earned cash.

“Accessibility and Universal Design” is oftentimes one of the most common reasons for redesigning our kitchen. This is very important most especially for those with disabilities and for older people. We have to make sure that these people could safely access and use the kitchen securely. There are globally recognized techniques in creating an accessible kitchen. This would help ensure that there is ample space and most important is that it could be safely used by everyone regardless of age or of any physical disability.

Light Up Your Kitchen With Style!

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Proper lighting is undeniably one of the most important aspects of kitchen design. Every kitchen should be equipped with lighting that would provide a safe working environment. We should make it a point to as much as possible to make use of whatever natural light that’s available to us. There would be instances however where the sunlight wouldn’t have that much use due to weather conditions as well as location issues.

In cases such as these, artificial lighting is the answer. We could use a variety of light sources in a lot of creative and efficient ways. The main idea is getting enough light in certain areas of the kitchen where it is needed most. Lighting could be installed in three different modes.

• Task Lighting – Is probably the most important lighting mode of all because it has something to do with safety when preparing food. Task lighting in general should be high intensity and shadow-free. These lighting fixtures as commonly installed under your hanging cabinets above your kitchen countertops or as hanging fixtures over stoves and kitchen tables where most of the action and food preparation takes place.

• Ambient Lighting – This mode of lighting is aimed at providing overall illumination throughout every corner of the kitchen. This is actually provided by your typical ceiling lights or by recessed lighting fixtures that are designed to reduce dark or “hot” spots.

• Accent Lighting – This is where the mood setting and aesthetic component of kitchen design comes in. Accent lighting is primarily geared towards providing a decorative component to highlight certain areas of the kitchen that are considered centerpieces that catch attention. This may be in the form of a painting, a display of antique kitchenware or the dining area. High-intensity light sources are those that are commonly used and are generally installed using hanging or tracking fixtures.

Ideally, each of these different modes should be installed in such a way that they could be controlled autonomously. Aside from energy-saving reasons, having separate controls allows you to select the right kind of lighting for every kitchen activity and achieve your preferred lighting mix to set the ambiance. Installing dimmers along with your ambient and accent lighting fixtures is a great way to change how your kitchen looks and feels and also helps in providing efficient levels of illumination.

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Lastly, there’s the task of selecting the right light sources. You could choose from incandescent, halogen, or fluorescent lighting depending on how you want to use them. Having different light sources could work to your advantage and also helps in maintaining your kitchen’s overall functionality.

The Basic Elements of a Contemporary Kitchen

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Each and every home is designed and created according to each family’s specification. Every single room and every single corner of our house is built with its own specific purpose. The bedroom is designed in a way that’s relaxing and conducive for sleeping and resting. The living room is created in such a way that it allows the family to get together to talk, bond and relax. It’s probably the coziest place in any household.

Nevertheless, most of us would admit to the fact that however cozy our bedroom or living room is; our common reply when asked as to which part of the house is our favorite would be the kitchen. The kitchen is considered by a majority of us to be the heart of each and every home. This is the place where countless family meals have been lovingly prepared.

Each kitchen is unique in such a way that it reflects every family’s individual style. The most common type of layout used by a lot of families is the contemporary kitchen layout. Contemporary designed galleys are widely considered as today’s modern kitchen. It utilizes architectural designs that are simple yet absolutely functional.

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Photo courtesy of onarchitecturesite.com

Almost every fixture in the contemporary kitchen is devoid of intricate designs like carvings and such. Designs that are straight and linear are generally utilized to maintain that “clean” look. The fixtures such as the cabinets, countertops as well as the furniture found in contemporary kitchens may look simple but still exude luxury and elegance without compromising comfort.

Its primary aim is to get rid of conventional and often bulky furniture that may eat up all that valuable kitchen space. This layout employs architectural methods that helps create the impression of having a larger floor area and kitchen space. Modular and sectional designs are just some of the elements that are used to increase floor space for cramped kitchens.

Functionality and style is also commonly reflected on the types of appliances that are found in most contemporary kitchen layouts. It features practically useful kitchen equipment like eco-friendly dishwashers, energy-saving appliances and even water-saving faucets that are definitely environment friendly.

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The building components used in contemporary kitchens range from natural to synthetic materials. Although wood is a popular choice because of the warm and stylish feel it provides; metal surfaces such as stainless steel may sometimes be incorporated in a way that it complements all the other fixtures. Glass is also one of the most popular materials used.

Bright and luxurious lighting is also a very important element present in contemporary kitchen designs. This helps set that welcoming, cheery mood that makes us want to stay and visit this part of the house a little more often.

Lastly, no contemporary kitchen would be complete without high-end countertops that are made of natural stone surfaces like marble, quartz and granite. These materials are often chosen since it goes well with most of the design components found in contemporary kitchens. There are certainly a lot of ideas that may be applied or added for you to be able to achieve the goals of building the ultimate contemporary kitchen of your dreams.