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How to Design a Kitchen: Simple Steps and Tips

by Shannon Dauphin

So you are ready to design your kitchen, but you don't know where to begin? You're not alone. That's why kitchen design books and kitchen design software is such a popular option these days! Get the basics and learn how to design a kitchen with these simple steps:

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  • Consider what you need. What you want might be pretty clear, but what you need can be tougher to pinpoint. How much cooking do you do? How much storage do you need? Is this a simple yet functional kitchen, or one used for entertaining? Once you know what you need, then you can begin to design your kitchen accordingly.
  • How does it flow? The position of appliances and countertops in your kitchen can make life much easier. The "work triangle" consists of the sink, stove, and refrigerator. When creating your custom kitchen design, remember to place these three items in that triangle, thus making kitchen work easier!
  • Examine your budget. What can you afford, and what must you cut? Choose the elements that matter most to you, and spend more on those. Consider what you need--six burners instead of four? Can you compromise on the size of the dishwasher to make that happen? Juggling the budget is all about making tough choices.
  • Space and shape considerations. What is the original shape of your kitchen? Can you change the shape, or must you work with what you have? The shape of your kitchen, as well as the available space, can bring the grandest custom kitchen designs down to earth. Take a long look at where you can increase space.

Learning how to choose your ideal kitchen design begins with these elements. Isn't it time to get started?

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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