Merideth Sheahan March 13, 2020 Kitchen Design
Choose your designer as you would a doctor, Lawrence says. ”I like people to think metaphorically of the kitchen as the heart of the home,” she says. ”Is this designer someone who you would want to perform heart surgery on your home? That’s really true. A designer is responsible for tearing the guts out of the heart of your home. And if you feel comfortable enough, and trust a designer based on her knowledge, her creativity, and her needs, then that’s a good vibe.”
Be discerning about the alphabet soup of professional designations that designers list on their business cards and websites. ”People need to be careful of fakers and learn what the initials mean,” says Gary White, a CMKBD and NKBA member in Newport Beach, California. ”It’s pretty easy to pick up initials by buying a membership in some organization.”
Hang pendant lights or a chandelier 30 to 34 inches from the tabletop to create cozy pools of light, and draw diners’ attention to what’s most important: good food and great company.
The designer, in turn, will want to know about your lifestyle: Who’s in the family? What’s your cooking style? Where do the kids do homework? Do you pay bills in the kitchen? Are there ergonomic considerations — height or accessibility needs? Do you have pets? Are the cooks right- or left-handed?
And if the height of the room permits, upper cabinets or open shelving can be designed to go to the ceiling and make the most of every last bit of space.
Still, you’ll need to resist the urge to cram as much as you can into this layout. For instance, you’ll need to plan a minimum of 47 inches between opposite kitchen units so that doors and drawers can be opened freely from both sides at a time, says Vayo.
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