From a great place to cook fantastic meals to a simple place to enjoy breakfast, your dream kitchen can be lots of things to you and your family. But without these three important parts of the design, your dream kitchen isn’t going to be much better than the homeless shelters soup kitchen down the road. When you’re still in the planning stages of designing your dream kitchen, ensure the following three steps aren’t left out to get the most out of your new dream kitchen design.
Professional Help or DIY?
Doing your own home improvement projects can surely help to take the strain off of the high prices of remodeling/renovating costs. But if you think you’re going to do all the work yourself-think again. From plumbing to electrical wiring to cabinet work; without plenty of building experience in these areas of kitchen installation, your dream kitchen might end up being your kitchen nightmare.
Although most of us opt out to hire subcontractors to do the physical work, it might be in your best interests to hire a professional to help with the design as well. Kitchen designers can help you to get the most out of any kitchen space-from newly built to recently renovated-and are full of ideas that you may not have thought of on your own.
Kitchen Triangle Theory
Whether you’ve heard of the triangle theory or not, it’s at work in about every kitchen on the planet. The theory is simple: be sure that the three most important parts of the kitchen workspace are within reach of one another. The sink, refrigerator and stove/oven are the three most used part of any kitchen design and should be placed within a few feet of each other (in a rough triangle shape) to ensure the kitchen work space is used efficiently.
Scheduling the Work
Once you’ve agreed on a design, you’ve drawn up plans and have chosen contractors to start work-stop! Be sure that you have a defined schedule in place before the work begins. Kitchen remodeling, renovation and additions all will probably require you to abandon your kitchen for weeks or even months at a time. Be sure you have a very specific schedule set in place so you don’t get stuck without a place to cook, store groceries or wash dishes.
In most cases, water, electricity and gas lines will need to be interrupted to connect the new renovation to the old supply lines. Make sure you and your contractor are on the same page when it comes to scheduling and you can bet that you’re not going to be stuck without water, light and heat when the time comes to shut it all down and reconnect.
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