Remodeling a Kitchen in NYC
By Danielle Miller
Common Specifications for Remodeling The Kitchen
October 31, 2012
The kitchen is a highly customizable space in the home. In fact, depending on the size, shape, design, and overall plan within the kitchen, the exact same appliances and fixtures could look totally different in one kitchen than another. Luckily, many of the items that go into a kitchen are highly customizable. So, for example, a set of stock cabinets can take on a variety of different lives by customizing the finish color and the hardware that goes on the cabinet.
Because there are so many choices for customization in the kitchen, there is also a real opportunity to make your kitchen unlike any other kitchen! The kitchen should ultimately be a functional space that works for you, and you can tailor it to fit any lifestyle, cooking, or storage habits you may have.
Although there are many customizations that we can include in a kitchen, there are a few specifications that are common to almost all kitchens. They are:
|–||Although conventional base kitchen cabinets require the user to reach in, pull-out drawers are actually much easier to use.|
|–||The kitchen sink, which is the most often used element in the kitchen, should be positioned between the refrigerator and the cooktop.|
|–||If it’s possible, thirty-six inches of counter space to either side of the cooktop and sink is preferable. If the space in the kitchen does not allow for this, twenty-four inches on either side is really the minimum preferred.|
|–||Tall refrigerators and tall ovens each need their own landing space nearby. Although it may seem logical to put the two big appliances together, breaking them up actually creates a much easier to use space.|
|–||Base cabinets and wall cabinets should both observe a standard of at least ten linear feet.|
|–||The straight-line distance between the cooktop, the refrigerator, and the sink should be between twelve and twenty-three feet.|
|–||Barrier-free design allows for easier use for children, people with disabilities, or pregnant women. They also last a long time.|
|–||Pay attention to how to use otherwise wasted space. For example, a corner cabinet may not be preferable because it is difficult to reach in. However, a simple solution such as a lazy Susan can greatly enhance the usability of that cabinet.|
The biggest motivating factor for what types of measurements and elements you place in the kitchen will of course be the shape and size of the space. Often, regardless of size, kitchens have a focal point such as a large window. A focal point draws the attention of the room toward one space and allows the design to flow from there.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to a kitchen – literally any style, taste, or desire may be realized. When planning a kitchen design, though, it’s important to focus as much on functionality as appearance. Hopefully these tips will steer you in the right direction and will help you to make choices that will promote health and happiness in the kitchen space.