Creating the perfect kitchen takes time, patience and lots planning. Knowing your home, being familiar with the basic structural, plumbing, electrical and mechanical layout of your residence is crucial. Modifying or modernising such a multi-functional room with so many pricey appliances is no simple task; many costs must be taken under consideration. Kitchen appliances and equipment probably occupies the biggest part of the budget, we all know nowadays a dishwasher is essential, a microwave oven, the right refrigerator, a good quality stove, also spacious and functional cabinetry, counters, surfaces, illumination.
There is no need for super high-end appliances, but ensuring good quality will guarantee our cook-top, sink, oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and so on will last a long time without the need of repair or replacement. Kitchen renovations are financially worth the trouble and it is definitely far more enjoyable to execute our cooking and cleaning tasks in a well-organised, efficient and attractive space.
Choosing the style
The space often dictates the layout of the cabinetry simply by its size and shape; we just have to come up with some innovative ways to use it to our advantage.
Standards for residential design and construction have been created to help both professionals and home owners carry out the task of designing or remodeling the kitchen area. The following is a list of the most commonly used layouts:
- Single galley: Appliances and storage along a single wall.
- Double galley: A kitchen that is divided into two – parallel.
- “U”: Ideal for large spaces.
- Island: This is often a configuration of the other options.
Breaking down the use of a kitchen into stages can be of much help.
- A storage area for dry food and fresh goods; dishware (plates, serving); utensils for cooking and eating, cookware(pots, pans, baking), glassware, and beverages.
- A Preparation area with wash or prep sinks, which are used to wash produce and vegetables. These areas are better close to the refrigerator with a main work surface nearby and garbage/recycling center close to it.
- Cooking and baking area. If using microwave oven on a regular basis most likely will be reheating food that has been stored in the refrigerator. Placing it close by would work well for convenience.
- Wash station & dish washer; for easy unloading of dishes plan to have your dishware storage within one meter of your dish washer.
Also consider what your new kitchen would look like from every conceivable angle, and do not forget what views you would like to see from the inside of it.
Electric range vs gas
Electric ranges are less expensive to manufacture making them less expensive to purchase but more expensive to operate than gas ranges. They are usually easier to clean and are more stable for pots and pans. A more even heat distribution when baking is also a positive feature.
Gas stoves provide an even stove top heat when cooking. It is easier to determine and accurately adjust the level of heat by shifting the flame. Natural gas is rather inexpensive, clean burning and abundantly available.
The kitchen is where late-night talks, homework sessions, and casual celebrations happen naturally. It’s where memories are made. A innovative and functional kitchen is one of the most satisfying gifts you can give yourself and your family.
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