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1. Design Your Space
Before connecting with us, here are some areas to consider when designing your new kitchen:
There are many ways to make your dreams a reality. You might decide to use personal savings or take out a personal loan. If you are purchasing the house while you are considering remodeling, another option would be to incorporate the cost of your project into the mortgage. Whatever your situation, there are financial solutions to make your dream a reality. Consult your local financial institution for more information.
Make concrete decisions up front. Changing your mind later can cost more than you think.
Some things to think about:
- If you should ever decide to put your home on the market, it is estimated that anywhere between 75-100% of any money spent on kitchen or bathroom remodeling is regained.
- An average set of kitchen cabinets costs somewhere between $10,000 to $15,000, including design, products and installation. Of course, you can spend more or less depending on your selections.
- Differentiate your budget to reflect anything that can easily be changed like wallpapers, paints and decorative hardware as opposed to hard to replace items such as cabinetry, appliances and countertops.
- And, as ALWAYS, when considering ways to save money, do not sacrifice quality for a cheaper route. The worst thing you can say after the completion of a project is “I wish we would have…”
Factors that will affect your cabinetry budget:
The cost will vary due to the cabinet construction as well as the features and style you select. M.G. Cabinets offers products in all styles and price points. We can help you select the style, quality and features you desire while staying within your budget.
- Door style: Traditionally, solid wood, raised panel doors cost more than those with veneered, flat center panels.
- Construction: Construction varies from melamine on the less expensive end to plywood on the higher end.
- Finish: Generally, glazes and paints come with a premium charge and therefore, cost more than stains and clear coat.
- Storage features: Obviously, added features will increase the price, but they also increase the efficiency of your kitchen. Decide what features are most important to you and be sure your designer weaves them into your kitchen layout.
- Decorative accessories: More decorative accessories mean more money; however, sometimes a few finishing touches will complete the perfect look for your kitchen.
Your Work Space
The Work Triangle
Each kitchen should have a relationship between the three primary workstations: refrigerator (food storage), sink (clean up) and cook top (food prep). This relationship is sometimes referred to as the Work Triangle. Ideally, you should design your kitchen with one work triangle for one cook and a secondary work triangle for two. Each leg of the triangle should measure a minimum of four feet with the sum of all legs not exceeding 26 feet total. Whether you design your own kitchen or are enlisting the help of a qualified professional, you can use the triangle to check the efficiency of the design. Also, keep in mind that traffic patterns which run through the work triangle take away from its relationship to its other workstations.
When designing a kitchen, the most important aspect to keep in mind is the function of the tasks to be performed within this space. Below are some examples of basic kitchen arrangements.
The most efficient kitchen arrangement is the U-Shaped Kitchen. Work centers are conveniently located and unnecessary traffic is eliminated.
The L-Shaped Kitchen keeps traffic lanes out of the way and has convenient work centers.
An Island Kitchen can be as efficient as the U-Shaped Kitchen, but can allow unwelcome traffic between work centers.
In a Parallel Kitchen, especially if doors are located at each end, work centers can be overrun with unwelcome traffic, but the Parallel Kitchen is still more convenient than a One-Wall Kitchen.
One-Wall Kitchens are the most economical. They use plumbing located on one wall and take up very little space; however, counter space is limited. They are extremely suitable for smaller living arrangements such as apartments and condominiums.
Secondary Work Centers
Adding a secondary work center in your kitchen can answer many needs of your home, such as adding a desk at the end of a run of cabinets. Place it outside the primary work center and it is a great place to pay bills, study or just plan the next meal without feeling secluded.
If you have room, consider adding a small prep sink for a second cook.
A peninsula or island can add extra space without the addition of another wall. You can create two countertop heights, one as a work station, the other as a place to seat family or friends.
Is your design ready?
Time to measure!