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House & Home: Home Kitchen Design Pt. 2 – Designing the Kitchen

House & Home Stylist Reiko Caron and Builder Dave Depencier talk kitchen designs in the second installment of the Home Kitchen Design series. They visit a 1400 sq. ft. two-bedroom open concept home in Dresden, Ontario, where they continue their step-by-step process to building a new kitchen.

When you plan the kitchen space, the trick is to tailor it to the way you live. For this kitchen, the team already established that they want an L-shape layout with a free standing island. So they stopped by a Home Hardware Building Centre to pick the appliances and have the kitchen plans drawn up.

Whenever you’re designing a kitchen, it’s important to bring in any ideas you have. Whether it’s inspiration, photographs, or a plan, it gives the installation staff something to start planning off of. Using your ideas and a blueprint, they can put together the kitchen design. It can get very costly to make changes after things are roughed in and ordered. So, it is very important to have all the proper specs and to make sure everything is designed and incorporated properly.

The 3 most used kitchen areas are: the sink, the refrigerator, and the stove; and you should also include the main work space. These areas represent the most travelled path. You should always allow at least 18 to 36 inches of countertop space on both sides of your sink for cleanup and other messes. Having a countertop surface, at least an area of 15 to 24 inches, beside the fridge is a must as well.

Seeing the kitchen drawn out on the subfloor helps you get an idea of what would fit where and how the space would flow. However, for planning cabinetry, it needs to be measured exactly.

At the framing stage, it’s time for the Home Installs team to get exact measurements of what’s going to be needed to design and finish the kitchen. Having the kitchen drawn up professionally is the best way to ensure a successful renovation. The plans then become the document that is used for everything from start to finish. The kitchen design consists of a floor plan, elevations of each wall showing exact dimensions, kitchen perspective, and material list (for ordering the cabinetry, crown moulding, or any finishing touches).

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