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Everybody knows that making home renovations beautifies the home and adds to its usefulness. It also increases the market value of the house and quality of life of the owners. This is especially true when it comes to home improvement projects such as a kitchen renovation.

Let’s face it; the kitchen is the central gathering point in the home, morning, noon and night. Not only do family meals originate there, but many homeowners are increasing the size or design of the kitchen to provide extra space for more relaxed dining. The dining room is then either converted into a more formal area, for entertainment purposes, or else transformed into a den or family room.

Investing In Your New Kitchen Design
You'll hear most people tell you the best home improvement you can spend your money on is in updating your kitchen or bathroom. This is absolutely true. Why? For one, kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms that people spend the most time in. Home appraisers will also tell you that an investment in a new kitchen design will not only add value to your home, but you will get your money back for when it is time to sell.


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Things To Consider When Thinking About Remodelling Your Kitchen

Multiple Work Centers

Designers now think in terms of multiple work centers or work stations within the kitchen in order to allow more than one person to work efficiently without getting in anyone else's way.

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Work centers are a little less formal concept than a classic work triangle since you can basically create a station anytime decent counter space is provided next to a major appliance or sink.

Adding an island is one of the most common ways to program multiple work centers into a kitchen. It might block the clear paths of the classic work triangle, but an island creates 2-4 small work stations along its perimeter.

These stations can become major work centers if a second sink is added or the cook top is pulled away from the wall and set into the island. Even without an island, you can create distinct work centers simply by separating the microwave oven and the cook top/range.

For example, placing them on opposite sides of the sink—setting the microwave near the refrigerator/freezer—provides counter space for food preparation at each appliance.




There are two basic cabinet styles: European-style (frameless) and face-framed cabinets. Either can be ordered from custom or semi-custom cabinet-makers or from stock supplies. Each style has a variety of door, wood and finish options. Cabinets vary in degree of construction quality so look for small details like roll-out and tilt-out drawer features.


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Countertop choices range from very durable, yet very expensive materials like solid surface or granite to the less expensive, but attractive choices of ceramic tile and laminates. Solid surface, marble and granite tops are not typical do-it-yourself material.



Recently, sheet vinyl has been the predominant flooring choice for moderately-priced kitchens. It has a variety of textures, designs, price ranges and has virtually replaced linoleum that was popular in our grandparents' era. Ceramic tile has always been popular in pricier kitchens, and wood floors are gaining popularity in both moderate and high end kitchens.


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Kitchen Sinks:

Kitchen sinks are made of materials such as solid surface, cast iron, stainless steel and plastic. Mounting styles are either top-mount or undermount with a combination of sizes and features: single-bowl, double-bowl, deep or shallow. Faucets offer different finishes: polished brass or nickel, brushed nickel, chrome, stainless steel. Other options and price ranges include pull-out sprayers, single-levers, double-handled.


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The main appliance choice involves built-in or free-standing styles. This decision definitely factors into the overall design. In addition, you'll choose between side-by-side refrigerators or units with top or bottom mounted freezers. Besides the traditional gas or electric issue, range options include: halogen or smooth-top cook tops, double and/or convection ovens, trash compactors, microwaves, range hoods and down-draft vents.


Top 10 Kitchen Layout Mistakes


1)  Don't wind the cabinetry around the room like a vine. "Just because you have the space doesn't mean it needs to be filled with cabinetry," says Carolyn Bignell, senior designer at Paris Kitchens near Toronto. Cabinetry winding around the kitchen can make the ceiling look lower and the room look cluttered. Consider other options, such as pantries, armoires, entertainment systems or even adorning empty wall space with beautiful art rather than overdoing it with cabinets.

2) Don't choose too many focal points. This is a common mistake, and one that can ruin the look of your kitchen. "You may choose a wooden range hood, staggered heights, a light valance, open shelves with arches, a spice rack, glass doors on your cabinets and more. You think you've got it all, but really all you have is a big, cluttered mess." Instead, choose focal points carefully and be consistent with the style and design of your kitchen.

3) Position drawers properly. You'll live with regret if you don't put a lot of thought into drawer placement. "Don't place drawers too far away from the sink or dishwasher," says Bignell. Another common blunder is placing pot drawers too far away from the oven.

4) Don't bother with a desk. "I think a desk is for an office, not a kitchen. Putting a desk in a kitchen just causes clutter and ruins the space," says Bignell. A kitchen can still be a versatile space, complete with customized areas designed for working. In fact, especially for families, breakfast bars and large kitchen islands can be excellent places to do homework or projects. But placing a desk in a kitchen is an invitation for stacks of mail, piles of paper and masses of unwanted confusion – so skip the desk!


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5)  Don't install a sink in a breakfast bar. This design concept is gaining popularity but it's not necessarily a wise choice, especially if the bar or island faces into a living or dining area. "The water will splash into this area, onto carpets, hardwood or furniture and make a terrible mess so a sink here is not a good choice," says Bignell.

6)  Don't let the oven block a major traffic area. It's not visually pleasing and can also be dangerous, especially if the oven is near a high traffic kitchen entrance or patio door frequented by young children.

7)  Don't place the stove at the end of a run of counter and cabinet-space. "A stove should always be placed between cabinets and counter space," says Bignell. This allows for important and practical work and storage areas on either side of the appliance and is also much safer. "Children can be burned if there is a lot of space leading up to a stove, because children tend to use this kind of area for running and playing."

8)  Pay attention to code. When designing a new kitchen or renovating an old one, there are many pitfalls one can fall into when it comes to building code. "A big one is stove placement," says Bignell. "You need to leave 18 inches of space between a stove and a combustible, such as a mantle hood coming to the counter or a fridge gable. If you don't leave enough space you won't meet code, which means if you end up making an insurance claim it could be rejected." Talk to your contractor or kitchen designer about building codes, or get a copy of local codes from your municipal offices.



9)  Leave enough space between island and counter. Your kitchen will feel like it's closing in on you if you skimp on the space between your island and counter. "You should leave a minimum of 42 inches," says Bignell. "36 inches simply isn't enough for a major traffic area and will make your kitchen seem smaller than it is."

10)  Place task lighting and outlets properly. Don't end up in the dark in your brand new kitchen. Kitchens often require more than one type of lighting, such as overhead or task lighting, plus dimmers – which are especially important in an eat-in kitchen. Electrical outlets are also important. Be sure you have sufficient outlets in practical spots, and keep them away from the sink!


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