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The Bathroom & Kitchen Professionals

Before we start we need to take an inventory of our existing kitchen.

A inventory will be of invaluable worth when you get to the planning stage. From here you can determine if its going to be smaller or bigger. You can measure the pros and cons of certain aspects of the kitchen you have and what you would like to change about it.

So lets start - get a note book and start making notes.

What we want to do is to take a critical look at what the shortcomings of your existing kitchen is and what you would like to do to improve it.

So lets put some questions down and see how we do .

Is there enough cooking area , storage space  , cleaning are , preparation are and air circulation.

What would like to change ?

Would you like more drawers like pull out pot drawers  ,spice pull out drawers , grocery racks or pull outs and what about some of those soft close drawer runners or even  meta box drawers?

What about some dedicated tall grocery cabinets?

Is the countertop at a comfortable height or do you strain your back while cooking  or using the sink ?

Would you like a bigger cooking area ? Perhaps your appliances are old . So your kids are out the house,  is it really necessary for that big bulky refrigerator?  Do you  have a preparation area and would you like to add a prep sink here to ?

Would you like to add a separate clean up area with your washing machine , dishwasher and tumble dryer ?

Is there enough natural light ?

Do you need more electrical plugs?

Do you need to make structural changes to have additional windows  put in or maybe a skylight ?

Do you need to break walls to make a separate scullery or to create an open plan kitchen ?

Would you like a island instead of the cumbersome breakfast nook ?

Do you find that your guest spill over into the kitchen ?

If so , do you find it easy enough to interact  with them while you are cooking or is it difficult to have more than one or two persons in the kitchen?

While in the kitchen is there enough room to open the refrigerator  door and have someone pass behind you ?

Take a closer look at how each member of the family uses the kitchen.

How many people really cook ?

Are there more than two cooks at the same time ? How many people are in the kitchen at the same time ?  

It would be awesome to have the latest in kitchen equipment and be able to cook in an environment where you don’t bump into everyone else or  trip over your own feet  trying to get past the dog. It would  be a bonus to move between appliances effortlessly , to open cabinets without taking a yoga lesson in stretching and who hasn’t had the experience of having to empty the entire cabinet just to get to a tin of jam.

What you want is a kitchen that works for you, always taking into account that function is the cornerstone of good design.

A functional kitchen will not make you a master chef, but it will make your experience  in the kitchen a pleasurable one.

What meals are served most of the time ? Do you use the microwave for cooking or mostly defrosting ?

Does everyone keep bumping into each other?

Are you using gas  or electric ?

Do you eat at or in the kitchen or do you have a separate dining area for  that ?

Does anyone have physical disabilities ?

If so changes can be made to please everyone in the house.

Does the family have pets ?

A solution for those big Epol bags would be a pull out bin dedicated for dog food.You can have a split version similar to 2 drums in one pull out that caters for both dry and wet food.

Are your appliances energy efficient ?

Are your walls and floors outdated and or in a terrible state ?

Do you have a phone in kitchen?

Do the kids do there projects in kitchen ?

These are just some of the typical scenarios that can make a kitchen dysfunctional or outdated.

If you contact a professional kitchen designer   or any other related professional do not be put off by the designers  questions.

Any professional worth his or her salt needs to know your habits , likes and dislikes.

Know that there will a couple of rough designs done before you will finally reach a decision on the correct style and design.

By Cathy Logan
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