Tips on Kitchen Remodeling

Are you looking into remodeling your kitchen? In today’s blog I will be giving you a few tips to consider when remodeling your kitchen. The most important factor to consider is obtaining permits from the city to ensure that you are up to code. You should consider the entry points, some kitchens still use doors, or at least have an entrance. If you decide to install doors make sure that they don’t interfere with kitchen appliances or vice-versa. This can be a huge inconvenience! Consider the Kitchen Work triangle. What Is The Kitchen Work Triangle? The kitchen work triangle consists of connecting the three main work areas within a kitchen design: the sink, the range/cooktop, and the refrigerator – creating a functional flow. Although there are no set rules, there are three very important factors to incorporate within the work triangle.

1. Sufficient prep space – one prep space near the range/cooktop and one near the sink.
2. Do not obstruct the lines of the work triangle with an island, trash can, or other kitchen equipment. Otherwise it defeats the whole purpose of the triangle, creating a troublesome flow.
3. Organize storage for pots & pans, utensils, and spices near the range/cooktop.

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Remember to plan for enough space to walk as to not block “traffic” in the kitchen. When it comes to countertops, the more the better! because who doesn’t love countertop space? I know I do! It is recommended to have a minimum of 158 inches, or just over 13 feet, linear countertop frontage. You can decide on on rounded or clipped edges. Counters should be 24 to 25 inches deep which is the distance from the edge of the counter to the wall or backsplash. Most counters are manufactured to this specification. The placement of the sink is also important; sinks can be single, double, or even triple-basin. The sink should be next to or across from the refrigerator and stove. The sink should have a minimum of 24 inches of landing area on one side, and a minimum of 18 inches of landing area on the other side. It is also highly recommended that at least a continuous 36 inches of countertop be located next to the sink.

You should pay the most attention to the placing of the stove and oven because heat, gas, electricity, and flames are involved. There should be a minimum of 12 inches of landing space on one side of the stove, and another 15 inches on the other side, those are the required landing area widths. The oven must have a minimum of 15 inches of adjacent landing area on either side. However, most ovens tend to be located under stoves as part of a single appliance, this landing area is usually already covered under the stove requirements. These are tips in case you want to take this project on yourself or you can save yourself a headache and call Studio 9 to take care of your kitchen remodeling from beginning to end!

-Raquel C.