If you are in full renovation or change of your kitchen, our article today will solve all your doubts. Join us to reveal all the keys, we give you advice and we prepare a guide of steps to follow. We share images with the best kitchens on the market such as the Schmidt brand models from where you can take ideas and many more inspiring photographs. Do you want to know more? Well, keep reading because we have many things to tell you. We started!
Scaling The Kitchen
Before starting this beautiful project you will need a scale plan of your kitchen floor plan. Measure the walls, both width, and height. Don’t forget to mark the columns, angles, and corners. Write down where the water taps, drains, and plugs are located. If you take advantage of everything you already have, the change will be much cheaper than if you have to do new installations.
Define the style
And once you have everything you can start visiting the kitchen specialists. Searching and comparing models and getting an idea of the style you want to add to the room will be the next phase. This style will be largely defined by the finish and design of the furniture and this is something you have to decide at the beginning. Do you want a modern, rustic, contemporary kitchen? Nothing better to decide than to visit a few kitchen houses and see their exhibitions. One tip: if your kitchen is independent, you can greatly vary its style and give it another air, although the ideal is that it follows the same decorative line as the rest of the house. But if your kitchen is integrated into the living room, its general appearance must be coordinated with the rest of the room and ultimately with the decoration of your home.
Set a budget
A full kitchen is a large outlay, so, conveniently, you set a budget from the beginning. If in addition to the furniture you also want to change the appliances, you should allocate a large part of this budget to its purchase. The ideal, in this case, is that you separate the games. Installation, furniture, and kitchen accessories on the one hand and electrical appliances on the other. In this way, you make sure to respect the items and get to the moment of acquiring the appliances, which is one of the final tasks, with the full money for it. You will discover that there is kitchen furniture for all budgets. Of course, the higher the quality, the higher the price, and also the better materials and finishes. Don’t be seduced by the beauty and be practical. If you spend hours in the kitchen, you like to cook, you make all the meals of the day at home, you have a large family, choose materials that are above all easy to clean.
When it comes to distributing a kitchen, the functionality should come first. We spend more and more hours inside this room, so much so that the kitchens have become the heart of our homes, the most important room. For this reason, it is essential to study their distribution very well and not leave anything to chance.
You must take into account the so famous “work triangle” This is the area formed by the cooking zone, the sink, and the refrigerator. For the distribution of a kitchen to work, it is necessary that these three points connected form an imaginary triangle in the center of which we would place ourselves. Also that the distance between each point is greater than 1 meter and less than 3 meters. Likewise, you must leave workspace on each side of these areas, next to the sink, next to the hob, and also next to the refrigerator. And finally, there should be no obstacles that interfere with this triangle, nor can it be crossed by a passing area. If you have these aspects, the functionality of your new kitchen will be total.
What cannot be missing in a complete kitchen
In your kitchen, you cannot miss the hot zone or cooking zone, with its gas hob or its ceramic hob. Its extractor is located on the countertop. And his oven, which was generally placed under the plate, although in recent times it is more common to place it on a column.
The sink and the dishwasher, both elements as close to each other as possible, since we often tend to rinse the dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Which by the way, is a mistake that we make, and that entails an unnecessary waste of water. After sharing tips about cooking, I will tell you that if you choose to clean up the remains of food with a paper napkin, you will save a lot of water and your pocket and the planet will thank you.
The refrigerator, another of the most important appliances in the kitchen. When choosing your refrigerator, take family members into account. Sometimes we insist on an American two-door model that takes up very valuable space when in reality we live alone or as a couple and we don’t need it.
Other small appliances, although they aren’t essential if they are recommended. The microwave, the toaster, the juicer, the blender, the bread maker, the food processor. What small appliance do you use daily? Make a selection of the essentials and try to organize them inside a closet or column (don’t forget the plugs you need) in this way you will free up a lot of counter space.
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