Jan 6, 2015

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Redesigning Your Kitchen Prior To Remodeling

When you build a new house, designing the kitchen can start from scratch and all the elements can be factored in with little problem. In an older home this is not necessarily the case with the kitchen design in San Antonio that you’re involved with; the challenges are very different.

With a kitchen redesign and remodel project you are working with what you have, a fixed amount of space. This space has a floor which is already covered with flooring of some sort, you have to decide whether it stays or get changed; this is the same with the kitchen cabinets, can they be salvaged or do they go as well.

Let’s have a look at some of the issues you will be faced with:

The size of the kitchen: An average kitchen is between 100 and 200 square feet. A kitchen 10 feet square is considered a benchmark, a kitchen this size is large enough to accommodate modern appliances, a minimum amount of cupboards and counter space which adds up to functional kitchen.

Do not despair if your kitchen does not hit the minimum size recommended, the efficiency kitchen is tiny but it is still complete with countertops, cabinets and appliances. Rarely do you find a compact kitchen in a three or four bedroom house, these little galley kitchens are usually found in efficiency apartments or studios.

The basic design: Regardless of the kitchen size, kitchen design in San Antonio should always follow the accepted triangle approach. The triangle is the path between the refrigerator, the stove and the sink. A tighter triangle adds to the overall efficiency of the kitchen.

The floor: A kitchen floor is not like any other floor in the house as it has to meet demands that other floors do not. A kitchen floor has to tolerate moisture and water, it has to be easy on the legs as you will be standing for long periods of time and it has to be durable. The perfect flooring for these demands is tile.

Counters: Kitchen counters are very important as they are used so much. The cheapest available are laminate and they are good choices when the budget is modest. The high end materials are granite and Silestone® which are ideal and they add to the resale value of the home.

Once you have selected the top and bottom cabinets that fit the layout and fit the expectations, you are well on your way to a perfect kitchen remodel.

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If you are looking for a new kitchen design in San Antonio you are invited to discuss your ideas with the designers at Shaw Company Remodeling. The designers provide their expertise at no extra charge. For more information visit the site shawcoremodeling.com

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