Kitchen Design Issues To Avoid

By administrator On June 3rd, 2009

For some reason we tend to approach kitchen remodels with the greatest passion and anything going wrong after our ideas have been executed causes us major distraction. Often it is nothing serious, small stuff like some chipped paint or grease marks on stainless steel appliances. Here are some things that you can avoid to lessen heartburn later on.

The first thing is to be involved; do not give the carte blanche to decide on what to do. You are paying so you make the decisions, of course…informed decisions made in consultation with the contractor. Left to their own devices, contractors are liable to place the dishwasher away from the sink.

See that you consider the durability of the material. Soapstone is soft and if you use in around the sink, then don’t wash heavy cooking pots in the sink or the stone will chip. Countertop material durability is an important consideration.

Placing wooden cabinetry above the sink is a big no no. The steam from liquids that you pour into the sink while cooking will invariably affect the wood. Also water sloshing in the sink will hurt the wood.

When adding new appliances, consider present family size and any near future additions; having the right-sized fridge can save you a lot of hassles if you have four kids and two adults in the house. Check out energy efficient appliances.

Research; don’t go for a material or an appliance because your neighbor has installed it. If your neighbor has added a granite countertop, it does not mean you too should go for it; especially if you work regularly with glassware. If your feet are worn, then don’t go for tiled flooring. Consider wood. If you wish to use certain out-of-the way materials like bamboo then ensure that it is mature. Preferably do not use it in places where traffic is going to be high. Kitchen floor is a high traffic place in most homes.

Avoid using material susceptible to heat and moisture near the cooking area. For example thermofoil on cabinets close to the gas will melt over time. It is important to ensure that the cooking range is hooded so that smoke and steam finds an outlet.

With appliances it is worthwhile to go in for a quiet noise-free model; these may cost more. So a dishwasher that makes around 46 – 49 decibels of noise is worth the additional dollars.

With kitchen remodeling, if you wish to reduce the number of regrets that you will have later on then first of all have a clear idea of what you want; then budget accordingly for the material and labor. Get expert opinion and then finally go with your gut feel.

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