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The 5 Questions to Ask Before Deciding on a Kitchen Design

Dec 5th 2015 at 5:38 AM

Try to answer the following questions with respect to how your kitchen is used. Once done, have a look at the analysis just below to get some ideas for design.


1. How many chefs are there who work in the kitchen quite regularly?

a. Two or more.

b. One.

c. None.


2. What is your preferred cooking style?

a. Very serious: Lots of cooking going on and entertaining in your home.

b. Relaxed: Dinner tends to be a casual affair.

c. Nonexistent.


3. Who tends to hang around the kitchen and what is it they do?

a. Party central at weekends.

b. The kitchen serves as a jack-of-all-trades for all the family, where they play games, watch TV, do homework, and cook.

c. Kitchen wouldn’t be used if not for the microwave dinners and beer.


4. Is easy clean-up important?

a. Not so important.

b. Has to be a fast clean because it’s always a busy place.

c. Really need to implement a recycling system for glass, paper, and plastic.


5. If you could choose one kitchen luxury, what might that luxury be?

a. Viking range, six burner with electric ovens.

b. Computer system to keep the kids busy while you get busy with the cooking.

c. Self-cleaning microwave.


The Answers

A’s: 3 or more

If money is no matter, by all means go for the six- or eight-burner professional range, a fridge spacious enough to easily accommodate platters, and a dedicated spice storage system. Glass-front cabinets or maybe open shelving to display some dishes and glassware. Task lighting should be good,and implement a flooring material such as linoleum or wood, both of which are easy to clean and easy on the feet. Go for the whole works – an entire custom kitchen remodel.

B’s: 3 or more

Functional and not fussy. Simplify the daily routine with self-cleaning oven, microwave that the kids can reach, plenty of storage and counter space. Labor-intensive meals are rarely your thing, so invest in side-by-side, energy-efficient refrigerator, easy-clean cooktop, together with sturdy cabinetry and lots of space for household staples.


C’s: 3 or more

Invest in the more practical, cleanly-lined cabinets, conveniences such as a recycling center that’s built-in, and quality, albeit basic appliances. But take care not to under-invest in your kitchen. With homebuyers, quality always matters, and a new kitchen that looks shoddy is little better than an old one that’s dingy. It will certainly be money well spent, given that in the present real estate market, you’d be looking to recoup anything between 87 percent and a whopping 125 percent of your initial outlay.

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