|How do I start planning a new kitchen?|
Planning a new kitchen is a very detailed process that reaps rewards when thoughtfully planned and ordered. To get started, here are a few thoughts to consider.
First, take a good look at yourself - your lifestyle and preferences.
Ask yourself - Why do you want to remodel? Evaluate what you like and dislike about your present kitchen. What are the major activities performed in your kitchen?
For a very comprehensive checklist that will help you through the information and descision-making process, see our helpful Project Planning Guide (PDF) on this site.
Next, look at the available space and consider all the possible arrangements.
Take a good, hard look at your kitchen's traffic flow and work areas. It is generally agreed that the "work triangle" is the most efficient method of achieving a functional layout, and that the traffic pattern into and out of the kitchen from adjoining rooms should not cross this triangle.
What is the "work triangle"? Most of the traffic in a kitchen is centered around three points: the sink, the refrigerator, and the range or cooking surface.
Selecting the cabinets to fill the remaining space should include your lifestyle considerations and the storage you feel you will need. Your designer/dealer will help you through your choices.
- Locate the sink, first, preferably at a window, where the light is best.
- Locate the refrigerator so it opens conveniently to the work triangle and does not force one to go around the open door. Be sure to have ample counter space next to the opened refrigerator door.
- Locate the range to provide ease in serving and preparation. Try to have ample workspace on both sides of the cooking surface, so the work area is safe and convenient.
There are five basic kitchen shapes to consider for your room, as shown below.
No matter what shape seems most appealing to you, your planning should allow space for several work areas. Make sure you and your designer/dealer remember to allow for an ample...
Be sure to determine the maximum amount you can invest in your project and how quickly you must have your project completed.
- Clean-up area - at the sink and dishwasher
- Preparation and cooking - between cooking surface and sink
- Storage area - at the refrigerator/freezer
Your designer/dealer will need to know these important considerations so they can stay within your budget and give you the best kitchen or bath for your dollars. Because the price range is an important consideration, Yorktowne supplies brochures and prices to Yorktowne dealers. Remember that we have selections for just about every budget. Our tiered pricing gives you multiple choices across a beautiful spectrum of door styles, finishes, construction levels, features and options. Something for everyone!
Again, be sure to consult our Project Planning Guide (PDF) in this site to get you started on the right track to a successful kitchen or bath project.
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