Factors to consider when planning your kitchen utilities
At Dulles Kitchen and Bath, we consider the planning part of a remodel as the most crucial step for a successful remodel. Visit home improvement stores and thumb through remodeling magazines to get an idea of the type of kitchen you want. Great plans normally revolve around your house style. Determining various types of utilities and their new kitchen locations provides the corner stone for your suitable kitchen plan. To give your new kitchen an almost similar layout like the old one, tone down most of the work pertaining changing the structural design. Some homeowners prefer rerouting of different utilities to rein things back to what really matters: form function and aesthetics. As one undertake a remodeling project to have a home that pleases his family, your plan should aim at ensuring your remodel add value to the home while saving you money on energy and water bills.
As there are dos and don’ts for a bathroom remodel, so does planning your utilities to achieve that dream kitchen you have been wishing.
Planning You Kitchen Layout
There are different ideas that can help in achieving your suitable kitchen plan. Some layout plans aim at reducing movements while in the kitchen while others are to increase your kitchen storage space. Some of the layout ideas include,
The “Work Center” Concept
Plan to have your kitchen out to accommodate all you cooking and washing. The fridge and dishwasher should not be in the way.
The Food-Flow Concept
This involves planning your kitchen basing on the way food is cooked. This is a suitable kitchen plan if you have a small kitchen. To oversimplify, food comes in the back door, gets stored in a pantry or the fridge, gets taken out again, is washed up at the sink, chopped up at the mix center, cooked, then served.
Standard Kitchen Concept
This layout plan consist of having you kitchen in a U-layout, L-layout or galley layout
The Work-Triangle Test Concept
The idea is that if most of your cooking works are too far apart, there will be needless extra steps while cooking. If they are too close together, work centers will overlap, and you will walk constantly around the appliances to get to your work area.
The Power-Kitchen Concept
This concept of layout can work as long as there is a nice generous counter space handy to both sink and cook top there is no counter space near the stove, the sink counter is cramped, and the refrigerator is too far from the food prep-area.
When purchasing new gas appliances, check where the connections are. Some supply pipes may need to be converted. Ask an appliance installer or other qualified professional to hook up new gas appliances.
A suitable kitchen plan should ensure that your sink could have access to both hot and cold water supplies, and a waste pipe. Have your dishwashers also plumped in and its supply and waste pipe extended from the sink plumping.
With the advancement to technology, various appliances both large and small are available for kitchen use. Thus, ensure that you will have access to 220 volts electricity outlet.
Many kitchen remodels involve recessed ceiling lighting, new pendants and / or breakfast nook lighting. Plan your lighting to combine general illumination with directed task lighting above sinks and food preparation areas. As well as ceiling lights, wall cabinets and range hoods can have lighting installed underneath.
Use your layout plan use to reroute the electrical wiring. It is easy to carry out wiring after removing the old kitchen and before the installation of a new one. Check with your local planning department or electrician to ensure that your wiring is up to standards.