What you should know about Kitchen Design

Before You Shop for Kitchen Cabinets, there are just a few things you should know about kitchen design.

DO leave a few inches of wall reveal at the end of a run of cabinets. Using every last inch of space tends to choke off traffic patterns and leads to “hip banging” and “head knocking”…do you know what I’m talking about? DO Look at your traffic patterns and how you use the kitchen.

DON’T believe that expensive means quality. Concentrate on the colors and functionality in your kitchen rather than the cost. Cabinets, Appliances, Flooring, Lighting can look great if you let the pocket book run wild but with a little effort and imagination you can have a great looking kitchen without breaking the bank.

DON’T try to make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear. Too often I see people who blow the remodel budget on appliances and are then left with cheap flooring and builder grade cabinetry. On average, a 10×10 kitchen remodel might see flooring around $800, appliances around $4000 plumbing/sink/faucets $600, cabinets $3500, counter tops $2500, install $1000, electrical/lighting $400.

DO budget your time as well as money. For a DIYer, a kitchen remodel can be quite a daunting task. Consider that you may be eating out a lot more often than normal. Sadly, I see professionals and DIYers behind schedule on a regular basis. I hate to remind a good repeat builder that their schedule is not my problem.

Standards in US modular kitchen cabinets:
Base cabinets are 34.5″ high and 24″ deep
Wall cabinets are 30,36, or 42″ high and 12″ deep
Bridge cabinets are 12,15,18 or 24 high and 12″ deep (for above appliances) Tall Cabinets are 84,90 or 96″ and 24″ deep (for pantry/oven)

Most common dishwasher opening is 24.125″
Most common range opening is 30.125″
Most common refrigerator opening is 36″+

counter tops can range anywhere from .75″ to 2″ or more depending on the material. Typically, a designer or engineer will use 1.5″ to put the standard counter top surface at 36″ off of the “ff” (finished floor).

It is normal to leave 18″ between the counter top and the bottom of the wall cabinets.