By Gene And Katie Hamilton
If you're planning a new kitchen there are a staggering number of decisions to make. Before you talk to a contractor or design professional do some preliminary leg work and visit kitchen showrooms where you can see all the materials and appliances you'll have to choose from. Look at the myriad of cabinet styles, materials and see how they are constructed. You'll find countertop material, plumbing faucets and fixtures, lighting elements and flooring materials, not to mention windows and doors to choose between.
1. Create a floorplan with a work triangle, that is a sink, range and refrigerator arranged in a triangular layout so traffic won't interrupt the flow of work.
2. Arrange appliances for your convenience and safety; appliance doors should open away from traffic areas and other appliances; allow for an open space 3-4-feet in front of each appliance.
3. Allow for ample counter space near appliances and at least one food preparation area with 3 feet of uninterrupted counter space. And plan plenty of electrical outlets for countertop appliances.