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Are your kitchen cabinets and counter tops an eye sore? Or maybe plain jane? Do you have a kitchen which looks very clean and organized but when the cabinets open all the things inside start tumbling out? Do you have a new house that needs a handsome kitchen to go along with it? Once of the main focus in planning the interiors of the house is the kitchen. This area is always given much consideration since a lot of important things are done in the kitchen. So you need to look at your concept very well looking particularly on budget and over all look.
Before you buy or have your kitchen cabinets and counter tops done the way you like consider a few things such as:
– How small or huge is my area for the kitchen?
– Do I need a lot of cabinets?
– What will I put inside the cabinets (so you will know what kind of cabinet organizers to put inside)
– Should I consider high end materials?
– What main colors and theme will I want to use for my kitchen?
– Will I be cooking a lot here? Or will just be heating a lot of frozen items in the microwave?
– How many cooks stay in the house?
– Is having an island in my kitchen more functional for me?
– Can I afford moderately high end pieces?
– What type of designs do I want for my cabinets?
– What kitchen equipments will I use (ex. Stoves and Ovens)?
– What materials do I want to see in my kitchen (ex. Marble or granite)?
– How do I want my knobs to look like?
– Do I want my hinges to be visible?
– Should drawer slides be considered?
– What type of sink will I put in my kitchen? Will it match the overall theme?
– How tall do I want my counters to be?
– How high should my cabinets be?
– Is my counter top durable? Scratch free? Presentable? Is it safe for children when they around and hit the edges?
– Is my main focus for the kitchen just for aesthetics or will I actually need to use the area?
– Do I need shelves or do I want my shelves inside the cabinets?
A lot of kitchen cabinets are available on the market today all you just need to know and think of is how you want to your kitchen to mainly look like and most importantly you need to consider your budget. You don’t to have the high end pieces just to have a posh looking kitchen you just need to have a good eye for nice and beautiful things and you will be on your way to that great looking kitchen.
There are cabinets and counter tops that are already almost finished and will just be placed in your kitchen you can consider this or you may want something done exactly as your ‘vision kitchen’. You may also need to consider if you need someone else to do it for you or if you can do it yourself. If you have old kitchen cabinets and counter tops you can consider to have it remodeled, replaced, refaced or refinished (if you are on a very tight budget). Remember to have good shelving in your cabinets if you have old ones that are about to collapse change them now and don’t wait for the day you precious plates increase in number but n small fragments. There are great cabinet organizers available on the market today consider them and see which will work best with your needs. Replace your old hinges specially if your cabinet doors are falling apart or have been there for a century already.
Remember good planning and budgeting is the key for your perfect dream kitchen. Your kitchen cabinets and counter tops are the focal point in every
kitchen it must always look presentable, unique, simple and organized. So research well and put your dreams into reality. After all you will be spending a lot of time and money to put it together and another long hour using it.
Get that dream kitchen. Get the right kitchen cabinets and counter tops.
Stuck on your ‘vision’ for your kitchen? Look at our links for a great range of colour schemes!
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for http://cabinets.home-webzone.com where you can learn more about kitchen cabinets and how to make yours look like a million
Whether renovating or building new, kitchen design requires careful consideration of a family’s lifestyle. What happens in your kitchen dictates the first decision you make before further fine-tuning any design elements in your plan. Your first decision must be on kitchen size. For many families, the kitchen is indeed the heart of the home. Not only is the kitchen the site of food preparation, for many families who opt out of formal dining areas, it is also where all meals are served.
For the family oriented home-owner who leads a casual and traditional lifestyle, the kitchen is also where children gather to do homework, where Mom sets up her scrapbooking supplies, where friends are entertained. If this is you, your kitchen design must be planned to accommodate a variety of activities.
For home owners whose approach to the kitchen is more utilitarian, a compact, modest-sized kitchen might be more in line with the design you have in mind. The kitchen can be much smaller, with the saved space devoted to rooms that see perhaps a little more activity than the kitchen. For many of today’s singles and couples, cooking has become a hobby as much as a necessity. If this is you, your kitchen design will be a backdrop to showcase your interest and talent. Be sure your kitchen adequately accommodates this popular pastime.
No matter what your lifestyle, there are certain elements key to all kitchen design, all kitchen sizes. What appliances will occupy your kitchen space? Consider size and placement in your planning. Do you have room to work? Is an island necessary and is their adequate space to ensure its placement will not interfere with traffic flow? Is floor space sufficient for an easy flow of traffic from refrigerator to stove to sink to table? Have you allowed for adequate cupboard and countertop space? Do you have space for all your kitchen tools and those tools and appliances still on your wish list?
Once you have studied carefully your lifestyle, you are better prepared to decide on a kitchen sized to meet your family’s needs. It is then that you can move on to design that perfect kitchen. Consider searching the Internet to find some useful design tips, methods and designs in particular for your kitchen. Who said kitchen design is a hard and frustrating experience — it can actually be a lot of fun if you’re prepared with the right tools and knowledge.
AE Shopfitters prides itself on helping you to design the perfect kitchen for your needs. Want to get started yourself? Check our links at the bottom of this page for Easy Kitchen Design software!
About the Author
John Layton is the author of Designing Your Dream Kitchen and can provide additional tips and advise at his website
http://www.kitchen-designnow.info he also publishes a daily blog at http://www.internetsighting.info
One of the most impressive things are walking into a newly remodeled kitchen, with its lovely colors and the elegant look of a granite countertop you can easily think you walked into a professional kitchen, or the home kitchen of some fashionable chef.
But most of us know that this comes at a price, not only the price for the work being made on the kitchen, the workers working to remodel the whole space, but also the cost of the materials used, while its true that the end result is indeed very satisfying most times, this is not something that you can plan and execute in a very short time, and it is almost impossible for one person to do this by himself, as in many other home improvement tasks. This is a work for the experts and its costs according to the quality and the material being used.
One important feature in any house and any kitchen is the lighting solutions, if you take the time and effort to remake your kitchen make sure you place high importance on the light that is going to light up the space, and if you are lucky enough to live in a pace that has sun most of the year, try and make the most of it and enjoy the natural sunlight in your kitchen.
The light is a huge issue, and this is certainly something that is very much connected to the colors that you choose for you granite kitchen counter top.
The color that you pick for your granite counter top is going to have a dramatic effect on all the kitchen and you may find yourself adjusting the whole space to go with the counter top color. This is not a bad thing, but it is important that you are aware o fit, before you start looking for a color, and it is also important to remember that granite counter tops have a very strong presence in the kitchen.
The good news are that there are many different colors to choose from, and that you can create almost any color theme in kitchens these days, and that the cost of all that is not too high when thinking about the overall cost of remodeling a kitchen. If you plan to keep some parts of your old kitchen and integrate the new features into the old, existing ones, you should pay extra attention to the colors and the granite counter top appearance in the room.
I always find that combining all the elements in the kitchen to create a general flow of color and design is the best way to go, if you use this concept while thinking of your new kitchen you could avoid a terrible clash of colors, that is sometimes a real problem that is discovered only once you have finished working on the kitchen and most of the money has been spent.
Granite counter tops can serve you well, in its durable usability and its clean and elegant looks, most people find that designing the space so that the granite counter top will seem like it is integrated into the kitchen makes the space looks complete and constant, which is a superior quality when talking about kitchen design.
AE Shopfitters can source a large range of granite and marble benchtops with excellent quality and a superb colour choice. Go and measure up your kitchen bench right now and find out what’s involved in giving you this ultimate in luxury.
About the Author
Daniel Roshard is a interior designer fascinated by garden architecture, he is currently studying garden design and integration of house appliances to the outdoors. Daniel writes tips and advice on Granite use at http://granite.zupatips.com/