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The Complete Kitchen Design Guide part 2

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The Complete Kitchen Design Guide part 2

The Complete Kitchen Design Guide part 2

Countertops 
 
1. Do you want a smooth or textured feel? 
2. Do you want the ease of cleaning an integral sink?  
3. Do you like a consistent color or one that’s broken up by granules or veins or that’s patterned?  
4. Do you care if the materials are natural or manmade? 
5. Will you want to chop, slice, and dice on your countertops or can you make do with a cutting
    board?  
6. Will you want to roll dough on them?  
7. Do you care if you can set hot pots on them?  
8. Are you going to worry that your kids or your guests will spill orange juice or red wine on them?  
9. Do you have time to often reseal them?  
 
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Flooring 
 
1. What is under your current flooring? How will this material affect the choice of your new flooring? Is
   there asbestos that will need to be removed? 
2. What flooring option feels the best under your feet?  
3. Do you want to use the opportunity of getting a new floor to level off its height if you now have to
    step up or down to enter the kitchen? 
4. Would you like to install a radiant-heat system under my new floor?  
5. Do you prefer a consistent color or one that’s broken up by granules or veins or that’s patterned? 
6. Do you need to consider the safety of children or elderly family members who may be coming
    through or using the kitchen? 
7. Do you want to place a priority on being able to quickly clean up spills without worrying about stains
    or water damage? 
8. Do you prefer natural or manmade materials? 
 
Sinks & Faucets 
 
1. Do you plan to wash or just rinse dishes in the sink?  
2. Do you want to set a cutting board across the sink for chopping vegetables? 
3. Do YOU need two sinks—a main one and another for prep work or entertaining? 
4. Where would a sink, or sinks, be most conveniently placed for my cooking needs? 
5. How will my countertop material affect my choice of sink material? 
6. Which installation method do you prefer—self-rimming, under mounted, or integral? 
7. Do you prefer a stainless steel or a colored sink? 
8. Do you prefer a single, double, or triple bowl? 
 
Faucets 
 
1. Do you want a faucet high enough for me to fill tall pots?  
2. Do you need one by the stove for easy access while I’m cooking?  
3. How will it be attached to the sink, countertop, or wall?  
4. Do you want it to filter my water?  
5. Do you need a spray on the faucet?
6. What kind of handle style do you like? Do you prefer single, lever, or dual controls? Curved or
    straight lines? 
 
Washers & Dryers 
 
1. Do you prefer a front-loading or top-loading washer? 
2. Do you want a gas or electric dryer? 
3. What are the dimensions of your current washer and dryer? Does your current floor plan allow for
    changes in these dimensions? Do you want to relocate the washer and dryer or change my floor
     plan? 
4. Will the washer and dryer be in a closet or other tight space? If so, do you want to stack them? 
5. Will the washer and dryer be in a readily visible location? If so, do you want to coordinate their color,
    finish and styling with the rest of the room? 
6. Is my available space so small that you should consider a combination washer/dryer appliance? 
7. Do you want my washer and dryer placed on platforms so that you don’t have to bend down to load
    and unload them? 
8. Are environmental considerations such as energy and water savings important to me? 
9. Do you want large-capacity appliances so that you can do fewer but bigger loads of laundry, or do
   you need to do more frequent, smaller loads? 
10. Is it important to have quiet appliances to avoid disturbing neighbors or sleeping family members? 
11. Do you need a sanitizing wash cycle for heavily soiled clothing or family members with allergies? 
12. Do you need just a few wash and dry cycles, or do you have multiple fabric and stain types that
     require a wide range of temperatures, water levels and other options? 
 
Zone Design 
Cooking 
Always a hot place to be, the cooking zone is where fire enters the picture. Centered around the range or cooktop, this is the spot where stir-frys, spaghetti, and sauces sizzle. You may want to keep your microwave and toaster oven here as well. Include: 
 
  • Deep drawers for pans 
  • Shallower drawer for pot lids 
  • Spice drawer (or cleverly hidden racks in pull out corbels that flank the cooktop) 
  • Microwave cabinet for concealing and saving countertop space 
  • Utensil drawer for spatulas and spoons 
Cleaning 
 
Anchored by your sink and dishwasher, the cleaning area is the home of water and washing. Be sure to keep “water dependent products” like your coffeemaker and salad spinner nearby. You’ll also be emptying the last bits of lasagna and soup into containers here, so keep storage supplies nearby. Include space for an adequate number of cleaning and drying supplies, as well as a convenient way to store clean dishware. Include: 
 
  • Pullout rack to neatly tuck dishtowels 
  • Plate rack for storing daily or occasional dinnerware 
  • Undersink pullout for dishwashing detergent and cleaner 
  • Tilt out sink tray for sponges and scrubbers 
  • Foil box rack or drawer for aluminum foil, paper, and plastic wrap storage 
  • Pullout drawer for Tupperware, divided for lids and containers 
Don’t forget about the “dining zone.” Though there’s a lot more flexibility involved with designing your eating area, consider adding easily accessible storage for tablecloths, placemats, napkins, or infrequently used china. 
 

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