Kitchen floorplanning

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While beginning (this may take a while!) the planning for my own kitchen I thought I would share this great blog post I stumbled upon!

Here’s to Kitchen Floorplan….planning

VM

Kitchens are the most important room in a house. Kitchens also demand a high level of functionality and performance. Truthfully, some homeowners find their eyes glazing over in the kitchen design planning stages because there is so much involved and the details multiply by the minute. Kitchens aren’t simple but avoiding common mistakes with the following tips can give you a much happier result.

Glass Doors – use frosted or opaque glass not clear. You still get a great design statement but you aren’t forced to keep your cabinets organized to military precision.

Upper Cabinets – these are useful for dishes and spices but not cookware or small appliances. Lower cabinets are more useful. By limiting the upper cabinets to only what’s needed the kitchen feels more open and not so cavernous.

Countertop Clutter – plan appliance garages or pull out appliance lifts to avoid the ugly skyline of random countertop appliances. Place only what you use daily on the countertop. Kitchens counters are not a display area. Function comes first.

Tight Spaces – shave a few inches off to squeeze something in a kitchen is a bad idea resulting in later regret. Here are a few minimum space planning requirements you don’t want to skimp on.

If there is seating, center table or bar, allow 48″ to pullout chairs and move around. I’m very serious on this. Time and time again I watch people stuff in a table and chairs only to learn later they aren’t used because it isn’t easy to get in and out. No shoving chairs against a wall. This is the flaw in the above floorplan showing a table and chairs by a window. It was moved around and became seating for four not six.
Minimum island size = 48″ long by 24″ (standard base cabinet depth) wide. If one side is for counter stools make it 48″ x 36″.
Appliances which open (oven, dishwasher or fridge) really need more than 36″ of clearance between them and opposing cabinetry.
Need at least 30-36″ space between island and cabinets or wall with no appliances.
I like to tape everything out on the floor (or existing counters) or use big boxes to replicate floor cabinets and appliances. Play house and pretend. Get out your pots and pans and move about the space like you would normally. Figure for open drawers and doors too. Take measurements of how you actually move in a space. If you bump into something, move it. Put in the time working out your details and the dividends will be huge. Hey, this is a whole lot cheaper than deciding something doesn’t work once the cabinets are installed.

What is your top kitchen design regret?

My personal regret was doing all dark cabinets, water drips and dust show on all!

Reblogged from: Design Girl

Lets live in colour!

Out with the white, in with the bright! Here’s a fun little post for spring of my favourite trends

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Easter style pastels

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Although this is black it’s so bold and fresh!

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Loving the mixtures of blues mixed with oversized drama and natural events with the wood table

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As bright as the sun! This yellow is so cheery…bold but it’s really only accessories!

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Pretty and fun with a touch of serenity for everyday

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Again look what you can do with a splash of colour!

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Again! Liven up those neutrals!

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For those who are bold!

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Add a bit more heat!

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Pretty eclectic mix

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Just fresh

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Understated yet classy, still feels springy!!

VM

Bathroom is complete!

After a lot of hard work, some dirt, a few problems and a whole lot of team work my husband and I finally finished the project we started after the bathroom went AWOL in October ( I know… It took a while!) but the latter end of pregnancy and a new baby later it turned out better hen we could have imagined!
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Product listing:
paint trim: Behr colour snowy pine, walls: CIL colour wheat
vanity Ikea, hemnes /rattviken
wall cabinet Ikea, Godmorhon
Faucets/towel accessories Moen
Shower doors Maxx
ToiletKohler
Other accessories Winners/Homesense: mirrors, garbage, white vase, flowers. Ikea: frame and print, baskets. Lighting: Hampton bay

VM