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Kitchen Design & Build
Rules And Considerations For Kitchens:
- Design becomes key in the successful kitchen remodel. It cannot be done in the store, with a designer by drawings alone. We come to your home and and evaluate your existing site and compare that with what your vision is in a remodel (or new construction plans)(. Then we work the design drawings and go over those with you for any changes.
- In an efficient kitchen the sides of the work triangle (rifrigerator, sink, range) should add up to no more than 23 feet.
- Do not place a wall oven or any other kitchen appliance, including the kitchen sink, in a pathway. Open doors or a primary work area will cause a blockage or safety hazard. Trying to shoehorn in an island where there is minimal room can cause this problem. You should have 4' between facing base cabinets or appliances, giving enough space to stand at an open cabinet or appliance and yet let another person pass.
- If appliances or sinks are to be moved there will be plumbing and electrical rework in a remodel. The on-site inspection will reveal any needed redesign to these elements and make sure the new electrical and plumbing will be code compliant.
- In remodels, a problem of new vs. old cabinet size may exist if the floor coverings are not going to be changed. The toe kick depths may be bigger on the newer cabinets.
- Many times there will be drywall work needed in a remodel after the old cabinets come out and the new go in.
- Some designers will tell you that you can have a full (42") upper wall cabinets with an 8' ceiling and cap it with crown molding. This is not true if you add up the cabinets. You have 36" to the top of counter on the bases, you need 18" clearance between the counter and the bottom of the upper cabinets, 42" in the upper cabinets which gives you 96" total. This will not give you any room for trim at the ceiling connection. And ceilings are not even. There are special considerations that have to be considered when you are designing cabinets to the ceiling or a soffit area. This takes on-site design.
- On site design and inspection for kitchen remodel is needed to take these and other considerations into the project mix before you even get to the 'look and feel' that you want. Our expertise can take you from the design to the final construction in an efficient and professional manner.
- Upper cabinets should not be installed until the counter tops are in place.
- Remodels and kitchen additions to existing structures will require plumbing and electrical permits. Many times a structural permit for the interior walls will not be needed unless bearing walls are removed or added in the remodel.
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