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THe heart of the Home

A kitchen is often referred to as “THe heart of the Home” It is a room that draws people together everyone wants to linger there, particularly with friends and family. Therefore, it is important that your kitchen addresses your daily lifestyle and needs. Where should your appliances be located for maximum efficiency? Do you have a preferred countertop materials? What is the best layout for within your home? Kitchens: The smart Approach to Design is here to answer these question, and any more. Here, you’ll find a wealth of information on designing your kitchen to fit

you. Let’s get started!!


The size of your kitchen and the amount of money you can spend on it doesn’t necessarily guarantee a great design. Function is key, and you can expect your new kitchen to be efficient when the layout makes sense, even if it’s small. One wall, galley, U, L, or G shape, which one is right for you? Will include an island or peninsula in your plans? Will it be classic eat in kitchen? Here’s what you need to know.

Kitchens simply have to be stylish today

After all, they are the center of our home universe, and we do a lot of living in them. While you are planning your new kitchen, its zoned to perfection floor plan, great new cabinets, and sparkling new appliances, give some thought to how you want to pull all of these aspects together comfortably and aesthetically. Color is key, but so are the many details that signal your personal life.


Moving Walls,Doors and Windows, Plumbing, Electrical, and Ventilation can add thousands of dollars and weeks or months to your project. If you have the option to leave major components where they are, that is always going to be your best option. That doesn’t mean you can’t add functionality or style. Both are extremely doable and working within your existing footprint will save you stress, as well as time and money. Sometimes, however, you do need to change the layout of an existing kitchen to get the functionality you want or you need to add an entirely new bathroom to your home. Both require extensive planning and usually professional help. You may also need building department permits, so it’s best to establish your project requirements before you plan, design, and budget for you project.


Cabinets will consume the lion’s share of your budget. They’ll also define the style and feel of your kitchen, Contemporary, modern,traditional, vintage, or blend. For top of the line, be prepared to spend tens of thousands of dollars. But you can find quality at a more moderate price, depending on the extras a special finish, custom cabinet interiors, and upgraded hardware are all factors that add to the bottom line. Here’s a rundown on the latest trends and styles.

Traditional style

cabinets have a full frame across the face of the cabinet box that may show between closed doors. This secures adjacent cabinets and strengths wider cabinet boxes with a center rail. Hinges on framed cabinets may or may not be visible. The doors may be ornamented with raised or recessed panels, trimmed or framed panels, or framed glass panels.

which are built without a face frame, have a sleek modern look. There’s no trim or moulding with this simple design. Close fitting doors cover the entire front of the box; no ornamentation appears on the face of the doors; and hinges are typically hidden inside the cabinet box.


Frameless Cabinets

Custom Made

cabinet are not limited by size or style; they are built to your specifications and sometimes constructed on site .

semi custom cabinets are also built to size but by a cabinet company. More affordable stock cabinets are mass produced and come in a variety of standard styles, sizes, and options. The most economical, knock down cabinets require do it yourself assembly


Artificial lighting is the easiest way to set or change the atmosphere of an entire room, your kitchen can go from a bright, efficient hub of activity to a softly lit setting for a quiet meal. The right light can also make meal preparation and cleanup safer and more efficient. Think if how much time you might save if you could open a cabinet and spot whatever you need right away, or how quickly you could chop an onion in a bright, clear, shadowless space. If you think creating a plan for lighting your kitchen is too technical to do on you own, consult a lighting designer or your electrician/contractor


You may also want to include small but handy appliances such as a waste disposal unit.


Check with your building department; some communities require them or a specific type; others ban them.


It’s not a secret that I’m a believer in hiring a pros. In kitchen or bathroom overhaul, making design mistakes can cost you large amounts of money, so it makes sense to call someone who’s been through the process a few times before and knows how to avoid the pitfall. Hiring a designer doesn’t mean that you hand over the whole process to someone else. A designer is someone who should work with you to design your kitchen or bathroom or basement, or whatever you’re working on. A designer needs your input because you’re the expert on how you live your life, and therefore on what you need in terms of design. They should ask about your lifestyle (for instance, how much cooking do you actually do?), who does the cooking, your cooking habits, your personal sense of style, your budget, and your long-term goals for the house. An experienced designer should know the principles of kitchen or bathroom design like the back of her hand, and should apply them when coming up with the layout options for you. Keep on mind, though, that many designers seem to feel most comfortable working in a fairly narrow range of styles, and you’ll want to know if their style matches yous before you begin. By looking at their designs portfolios, you’ll get a sense of whether you share their tastes. You should bring your ideas to the table too, and together you can create a layout and selection of colors and materials that will give you the effect you’re looking for.


Next to the cabinets, new appliances will likely be the largest investment you’ll make in your new kitchen. The best thing to do is the check out all of the options and styles on the market and choose appliances that best serve the size of your household, your cooking style, and the types of foods you like to eat. If cooking and preparing food is your passion, you’ll appreciate the features included in many of today’s top-of-the-line models


-Undermounted. The bowl is attached -Integral. The sink and countertop are fabricated from same solid block of material -Exposed Apron. This type of undermount reveals the sink front panel -Rimmed. A flat metal strip seals the bowl to the countertop



The fifth wall -the ceiling- is begging for attention. Sure, you could paint it white and leave it at that, but why? Ceilings offer a blank canvas where you can add architectural interest. Ideas include a tray-style ceiling, moulding, paneling,

beams, tin panels, a lighted cove, or a textural treatment. Keep the style of your home in mind when you’re choosing the ceiling treatment. For example, dead-board paneling looks great in a cottage-style or country kitchen, and wood beams can lend Old World charm to a traditional design


Flooring plays a style role in your kitchen, but it affects function, too Generally, materials that are hard, such as stone or ceramic/porcelenate tiles, may be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Still, many people choose them because they last forever, and they are exceptionally handsome. Solid wood, engineered wood, and wood laminates, however, are more flexible and thus more comfortable underfoot for extended periods of time. Engineered wood and wood look-alikes in laminate (the least costly) are the most practical of the three, requiring little care. If you must have solid wood, be prepared-you can’t scrub it, it’s expensive; and even the hardwoods are far from indestructible. Cushiony vinyl and other resilient flooring is the most economical option. The best quality will last for decades.


Now that you’ve chosen your floor plan and cabinetry, you can move on to other important details, such as selecting the materials for the surface in your new kitchen. In particular, the countertops, backsplash and floors play a large role that is only about function but also about feeling. Think about rolling dough over a cool-to-the-touch marble surface or standing barefoot on a wood floor. Need more ideas? Here are you options. Popular choices today include stone, quartz composite, solid surfacing materials, concrete, ceramic tile, wood, and stainless steel although standard plastic laminate is an option. If your counter area is small, you’re probably safe staying with one type of material. Otherwise, think matching the material to the task- marble insert for a bake center or butcher block on a island where you shop vegetables, for example. Remember some materials such as stone need maintenance then others. Finally ,

don’t leave the backsplash naked choose to match or use another material there

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