Kitchen Design to Match Your Lifestyle
By Coventry City Council on 2012-10-13 10:06:02
Does your kitchen design reflect your personality? Does your kitchen suit your lifestyle?
Beyond the obvious, a kitchen may be used for different reasons – an area for socialising, for showing off the latest cooking gadgets, for preparing large meals for groups or even just making your friends envious of the luxury fitted kitchen you’ve just had installed.
Kitchen remodeling is also a great idea to increase the resale value of your home. A well furnished kitchen with proper storage structure can win the hearts of many buyers. Thus, spending money in upgrading the kitchen design should be considered as an investment that will provide good returns.
Kitchen Design Basics
If you are thinking of remodelling your kitchen design, start with analysing your requirements. The first step towards remodelling a kitchen to suit your lifestyle is to gauge personal preferences, such as defining:
placement of dining table
telephone and answering machine set up (if you spend a lot of time there)
access to food waste and recycle bins
display racks for silver or glass-ware
Once you have discovered all your kitchen-related requirements, invest time in market research. Read home décor magazines or watch home improvement television shows to have a better understanding of what products are available in the market.
Alternatively, you can search for kitchen remodelling methods over the internet. Read through the articles from expert interior designers or watch home décor videos from the comfort of your home. Make a list of products that are essential for kitchen remodelling to match your lifestyle. With this research, you will be able to form your basic idea of kitchen remodelling. This will also allow you to prepare a rough estimate of the remodelling expenses.
Kitchen Design Layout
With a better understanding of kitchen design requirements and available products, you should sit back and prepare a detailed layout for remodelling. The key is to choose the most desirable items for the kitchen and find interesting placements for those items to add to the aesthetics of your kitchen design.
Traditionally, the appliance-triangle structure was considered as the best approach in kitchen design. In this approach, the sink, the fridge and the cooker are placed at three different points to form a triangle. For example, one can place the sink and the cooker at two ends of the counter. Install the fridge parallel to the counter to form a triangle. However, the microwave has now become an integral part of modern kitchens. Thus, you have to follow a diamond approach for kitchen design. If these geometrical figures are hard to decipher for you, simply prepare a layout that allows free movement between the devices that are extensively required for preparing daily meals.
Matching Your Lifestyle with the Kitchen Design
After the basic homework, it is time to dwell upon the aesthetic details of kitchen design. Select textures, colours and styles for every component of the kitchen. Remember, flooring and the counter texture make the greatest impression. Do not compromise on the finishing quality if you are remodelling the kitchen for resale. Every investment in the kitchen gets translated into the overall resale value of your home.
You can search on the internet for professional advice on kitchen design. Interior designers can provide expert consultation on the best combination for your lifestyle and daily needs. However, if you are facing a serious time crunch, consider buying predesigned luxury kitchens. These kitchen designs are available in a variety of forms to suit the individual requirements of every customer. To have a sneak preview of predesigned kitchens, visit an online kitchen sale resource. These kitchens are easily installed and can be customised to fit into the space available in your home.