Answering common questions about kitchen remodeling design.
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Q: What Should Be My First Decision About My Kitchen Style?
A: Do you want it to look classic or contemporary? Experts may beg to differ, but after viewing thousands of kitchens for this site and others, I have come to the conclusion that all kitchen style falls into these two categories: classic or contemporary. Within each category are innumerable sub-categories. For instance, a classic kitchen can encompass cottage, Tuscan, and Provencal styles. But they are all classic.
- Classic: Warm; natural materials; emphasizing aesthetic over practical.
- Contemporary: Sleek; hard materials like steel; emphasizing the practical.
Unless planning on a whole-house remodel, you will base your kitchen style around that of the entire house.
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This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but some include:
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This article about free kitchen design advice advocates going to one of those free design sessions offered by big box home improvement stores, getting a design print-out, then going wherever you want to carry the plan to completion. While it is a controversial bit of advice, keep in mind that you can always remain with the original company if you like them.
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(which dictates that fridge, stove, and sink be placed in a triangular fashion) should be no more than 26 feet, all legs added together. No leg should be more than 9 feet and no leg less than 4 feet. This guideline ensures that cooks aren't running across wide expanses with boiling pots or bumping into service areas placed too closely together.