October 31, 2014

In Kitchen Design, Appliances Come First

We spend so much time in the kitchen during the holiday season. Families gather for dinner and inevitably a large group gathers in the kitchen. This gets us to thinking that we need a larger, prettier, or more usable space. That’s likely why so many kitchen remodels take place after the holidays. If you are planning a kitchen remodel, take your time making design decisions, the kitchen is a complex room with many different elements to consider.

Here are a few things to consider in your planning:

•Pick your appliances first — everything gets built around them.

• Pick your countertop before you select your cabinets. The cabinet company won’t know what height to build the lower cabinets without knowing the thickness of the countertop — they’re all different.

• Pick your backsplash before you hire the electrician. The placement of the electrical boxes will depend on the thickness of the counter’s backsplash. Will it be tile or a solid material? What thickness will the material be and will it be affixed directly to the wall or will mortar be placed between the wall and the splash? There is nothing worse than paying the electrician extra to go back and add spacers to the electric boxes because they aren’t flush with the finished surface — fire hazard!

• With certain sink/disposal combinations you may have to adjust the height of your existing drain outlet. Kohler currently offers a stainless kitchen sink 28 centimetres (11 inches) deep and ISE has a gigantic new one HP disposer. Together they fit a bit lower into the under-cabinet area than other models.

• Selecting appliances in advance will also be important to the plumber and the electrician. The plumber may need to run an icemaker line if the refrigerator has one and the electrician will have to know what size circuits will have to be run for the range, oven, exhaust fan and other appliances.

• Some sales people will offer you the least efficient alternative just to keep the price in your budget. For example: It is less expensive to use doors rather than drawers when designing a set of kitchen cabinets. However, for many users drawers provide far more efficient storage space. Also, the rails that drawers glide on vary greatly in cost and strength. There are some drawer glides that bend when the drawer is full. Better types can hold an adult doing push-ups.

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  1. Your statement about picking appliances first is incorrect. Consumers who do this box their designers into creating plans that do not fit the spaces we have to deal with…and they have to live with.

    It is much better to choose a good designer who regularly designs projects in your area and in the kind of home you have.
    Then trust your designer to help you achieve the kind of kitchen you want with the kind of equipment you need.

    Better to compromise on an appliance than to cram something in the really doesn’t fit the available space.

    If you start instead with a coherent plan that meets your needs, then you will get to choose from an assortment of appliances that fit the plan.

    Peggy

  2. kate skouros, personal chef, party planner, mom says:

    “Your statement about picking appliances first is incorrect. Consumers who do this box their designers into creating plans that do not fit the spaces we have to deal with…and they have to live with.”

    let there be no confusion. a kitchen is first and foremost for cooking. anyone interested at all in a well functioning kitchen will choose the appliances first. there’s an age old rule that most cabinet salespeople posing as “designers” are completely unaware: form follows function.

    kate