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Kitchen Design, The Process 2

Once you have settled on the size, location and style for your new dream kitchen, the next thing to consider is where each cupboard is going to go and what use it will have. If the range location is decided then chances are that you would want a couple of large roll out drawers to house your pots and pans. Perhaps on either side of the range you would want a tray holder for baked goods. Of course one or two of the adjacent top drawers should be for the miscellaneous utensils. The newer kitchens usually have a deep upper wall cabinet above the refrigerator which works well for those large serving platters. For those of you who use your heavy mixer frequently, you may want to have a pop-up shelf so you don’t have to lift it all the time from one cabinet to the counter. Don’t forget to have an electrical outlet placed behind that pop-up cabinet.

Most often kitchen clients want the everyday dishes and glasses closest to the dishwasher and/or sink. If you have one of those corners cabinets, it is nice to put in a lazy susan so everything that is stored in those huge cabinets is accessible. The cabinet above the lazy susan is sometimes in a location that lends itself to having clear glass doors so that some of the finer china or glasses can be on display at all times. I like to design my kitchens with glass shelves and a light above so that the contents are always on display. Make sure that there is always enough counter top space next to the following areas: sink, refrigerator, range, oven, and dishwasher. At least 18” on either side and at the sink one side should be a minimum of 24”. If you are having built in pantries then for sure have roll out shelves from just below eye level to the bottom. Some tips on hardware; if you go frameless then you will need to have knobs or handles for the doors and drawers. Most new kitchens have the handles or knobs regardless of cabinet style. Soft closing concealed hinges for doors and self-closing hardware for the drawers are the only way to go if you ask me. One cool option that can be seen on our web video is the toe-kick roll out drawer that houses a step stool.

Next month i’ll discuss finishes.

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