The Four Most Important Principles of Kitchen Remodeling & Design

November 19th 2012

The Four Most Important Principles of Kitchen Remodeling & Design

When you’re remodeling your kitchen in Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood, it’s so easy to be sidetracked by choosing the perfect kitchen faucet, new granite counter tops and shiny stainless steel appliances. Should you paint your cabinets white like in the home decor magazines? (No! You should stay away from kitchen trends.) What type of flooring is best for the kitchen? (Kansas City and Johnson County are hardwood floor markets.)

There are a lot of decisions to be made, but not so fast. First things first…

In terms of importance—right behind establishing your budget—are the four core principles of kitchen remodeling and design. The last thing you want is kitchen remodel remorse so follow these four guidelines to be sure you end up with a beautiful and functional kitchen. Then, all the new fixtures and design elements are icing on the cake.

    1. Create a triangle. Your kitchen remodel design should arrange your stove, refrigerator and sink in the form a triangle. The kitchen triangle saves steps and makes the space work-friendly and functional.
    2. Include a kitchen island. Islands are popular for a reason. Islands can take the place of a kitchen table when space is tight or provide additional seating. People tend to congregate in the kitchen and an island gives them a place to be other than in your way. Ask any family who has a kitchen island and they’ll tell you that it’s become the kids’ homework station, breakfast table or an easy spot to hang out. Islands create two distinct walking paths improving traffic flow. As long as your kitchen is at least 12 ft. wide by 12-14 ft. long, there’s enough space for an island. For smaller kitchens, a rolled cart is a good substitute because it can be stored elsewhere when not in use.
    3. Be mindful of walkways. Three feet is the narrowest any kitchen walkway should be. We prefer 3½ ft. Any less and you’ll be turning sideways to move through your kitchen. That’ll get really old really fast. If 3 to 3½ ft. seems excessive, take a tape measure and measure 2½ ft. from a counter top or chair. It’s just too tight and space is too important.
    4. You can never have enough kitchen lighting. When you think your kitchen lighting is overboard, add one more lighting fixture. No one has ever walked into a kitchen and said it’s too well lit. Kitchen remodeling should include:
      • Plenty of overhead lighting
      • Pendant or “task” lighting over work areas
      • Under cabinet lighting
      • One light over the sink area(s)