The Design Process
The design process begins by selecting which appliances I would be incorporating into my new space. As a designer, it's hard to design a space until you know what appliances will be used. For example, designing a space around a separate cooktop and oven is significantly different than designing for a freestanding or slide-in range. The appliances are the anchors of the work triangle which have a significant effect on the overall flow and functionality of the design.
After selecting my appliances, I can begin to work on the actual floor plan or layout of the space. A floor plan is a two-dimensional scaled drawing (viewed from above) that designers along with architects, builders, and contractors use to communicate all the plan details required for all phases of the design and installation process. For larger projects the floor plan may be part of a larger set of plans referred to as construction or building plans which include more detailed information needed during the construction or building process.
In my last blog post "Is it Time for a New Kitchen?" I outlined what I didn't like in my current kitchen; now let's take a look at how I solved each of these design challenges. You'll notice that I kept the sink centered under the window with the dishwasher placed to the left of the sink. This avoids any additional cost of relocating the plumbing since it's in the exact same location. The dishwasher will have a decorative panel installed on the front so that it blends in with the rest of the cabinetry. From there, I began to work on the rest of the design to improve the functionality of the space.
Range - Moving the range out of the corner was a must for this project. After trying a few variations, I finally found the perfect location for the new range. As you can see if the rendered perspective below, the range is now located on the adjacent wall to the sink. This now gives me plenty of countertop surfaces in which to work with over 78" to be exact!
Vent - In addition to moving the location of the range, I've also added a proper ventilation system so that I can exhaust any smoke fumes out of the space. This new vent does need to be vented to the outside which means I have to call in the professionals to run the ductwork into the attic space and out through either the roof or the soffit vent. But having a proper vent that works - Priceless!
Refrigerator - Moving the range to its new location meant that I had to relocate the refrigerator. While the existing location was perfect for loading and unloading groceries, it was not ideal for the functionality of the space. Given the L-shape configuration of my kitchen moving the refrigerator to the left of the sink and dishwasher became the only logical place for it. In addition, I selected a counter-depth refrigerator which means the refrigerator won't stick out beyond the cabinetry and interfere with either the patio door or the new kitchen island.
Island - For the island design I decided to keep the width the same as the original island as it was the perfect size. However, I did eliminate the angled back and opted to straighten this out. This allowed me to opportunity to extend the countertop overhang to 15" which is perfect for creating an eating area. In addition, I moved the island closer to the sink wall to make the island more efficient. I've allowed 42" of space between the island and the perimeter cabinetry which is what the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends for a one-cook kitchen.
Microwave - Now that the over-the-range microwave is gone, I needed to find another location for a microwave within the design. I chose to place the microwave in a base cabinet in the island. This location hides the appliance from the main view into the kitchen but keeps it accessible when needed.
A few additional design details include extending the cabinetry up to the ceiling with a nice crown molding detail, allowing more room between the cabinetry and the window casings (or trim), and adding decorative flared turned posts on the back side of the island to create a furniture look and feel from the dining / living room, and plenty of interior storage solutions to maximize the storage space of my new kitchen.
In my next blog post I'll share with you the color palette selected for the new space along with the cabinet door style, wood species and finishes that I selected from Dura Supreme.
Authored by Jodi Tramontin on January 14, 2013 - 8:00am