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The Complete Kitchen Design Guide part 1

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The Complete Kitchen Design Guide part 1

The Complete Kitchen Design Guide part 1

Complete Kitchen Design Guide which will organize all these drawers in your head. 
 
1. Why design style you would like your new kitchen to be? 
2. What’s on the wish lists of others who use your kitchen? 
3. What do you like and not like about your current kitchen: the dislikes will help you to create a better space while likes will possibly save you money? 
 
4. Things to consider: 
  • Do you want more countertop space for preparing meals?  
  • Is your sink large enough?  Would you like a double sink or large size single sink? If your space
  • allows an island, would you like another sink in the island? 
  • Do you have enough refrigerator and freezer space?  
  • Do you need more storage space?  
  • Do you have enough shelf space?  
  • Do you want soft closure cabinet doors & drawers?  
  • Is there enough space for you to comfortably prepare meals and cook?  If not, you should consult with Lux Builders about changing the layout or adding space. 
  • Do you need more space in the kitchen for working on the computer, paying bills, and other tasks?  
  • Do you have a separate recycling area?  
  • Do you have enough electrical outlets?  
  • Is your dishwasher easy to load and unload?  
  • Is fresh water easily accessible when cooking? Do you need an additional sink or faucet?  
  • Does the kitchen meet the special needs of family members?  
  • Is your kitchen easy to clean? 
  • Do you have enough light to work by?  
  • Would you like more seating options? 

5. What is the layout of my current kitchen? 

6. What general styles do you like—contemporary, traditional, or eclectic, French, county, coastal casual, cape cod, nuntucket?  
 
7. What is the architectural style of your home? Do you want your new kitchen to reflect this style?  
 
8. What are some of the styles and products that you like?  
 
9. What do you like about your friends’ kitchens? Snap photos of your favorites. 
 
10. What colors do you like? Which ones do you dislike? 
 
Function 
 
1. Who will be using the kitchen? 
 
  • How many people will use your kitchen? 
  • Will young children or elderly family members use the kitchen?  
  • Does anyone have special needs?  
  • Where do you expect to eat meals after the new kitchen is completed?  
  • Do you require a kitchen table?  
  • What other activities will take place in my new kitchen?  Laundry?  Homework?  Watching TV?  Paying bills?  Working on the computer? 
   2. How will you use the kitchen to entertain? 
  
  • Do you plan to entertain frequently?  
  • What is your entertainment style—formal or informal? 
  • Do you typically cook the food myself or have the party catered? 
  • How many guests do you typically invite? 
  • Do your guests always end up in the kitchen?  
3. What are your storage requirements? What improvements would you like to make? 
 
4. What is your cooking style?   
 
  • Who is the primary cook?  
  • Is the primary cook left- or right-handed?  
  • How tall is the primary cook?  
  • What is the primary cook’s cooking style?  Gourmet?  Family?  Quick and simple?  Takeout?  Baking?  
  • What atmosphere does the primary cook prefer when preparing meals?  No one else in the kitchen?  A helper in the kitchen?  Family and friends visiting and helping?  
  • Does the primary cook have any physical limitations?  
  • · Who is the secondary cook?  
  • · Do they prepare meals together?  
  • · Is the secondary cook left- or right-handed?  
  • · How tall is the secondary cook?  
  • · What are the secondary cook’s responsibilities?  Preparing side dishes?  Assisting in preparation of main course?  Clean up?  
  • Does the secondary cook have any physical limitations?  
 
5. What features do you really need in my new kitchen and which could you live without? 
 
Appliances: 
 
Range 
Refrigerator 
Dishwasher 
Trash compactor 
Garbage disposal 
Microwave 
Range hood 
Warming drawer 
Wine chiller 
Hot water dispenser 
Built-in icemaker 
Second dishwasher 
Extra refrigerator or freezer space 
Bar sink 
Television 
Radio 
More electrical outlets 
 
Lighting: 
 
Task lighting 
Toe kick lighting 
Under counter lighting 
Undercabinet lighting  
 
Cabinetry and storage:  
 
Tilt-down drawer for sponges 
Spice rack 
Built-in wine rack 
Appliance garage 
Bookshelf for cookbooks 
Breadbox 
Cutlery storage area 
Recycling area 
Divided tray storage 
Computer work area 
Lazy Susan storage 
Adjustable shelving 
Divided silverware drawer 
More drawer storage 
More shelf storage 
Glass door fronts 
 
Work area: 
 
More counter space 
Island area 
 

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