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Apr 6, 2013
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Kitchen Repairs—What to and not to do Kitchen renovation can really make you crazy. There’s dust, clutter, and chaos. What is it all for—the kitchen of your dreams. If you want to make the outcome, process and planning much easier, here are a few things you need to do and not to do.

DO:

  • Make standard measurements to your own needs. To do this, you can raise bench heights if you’re tall. You can go wider if you need more storage. The depth of base units will also determine the width of your bench. Instead of cupboards, use large drawers. This will help you to increase the depth of storage and you won’t have to sacrifice accessibility.

  • Make a good, careful plan for your new kitchen. This will help solve as many of the problems you’re having with your existing kitchen as possible. Design your kitchen and map it out on graph paper to scale. Then cut out the floor cupboards and play around with U-shapes, L-shapes, island benches and galley styles. This way you can find a way to maximize efficiency of storage, work space and the triangle between the sink, fridge and stove.

  • Select flooring that is practical and is easy to maintain. No one wants to spend their days scrubbing the kitchen floor. Good practical flooring will free up your time to do more valuable things.

DON’T

  • Underestimate the amount of bench-top workspace you desire in your kitchen. There is no way you can really have too much. You’ll want to plan for as much bench space as you can fit into your plan. You’ll want it particularly next to the fridge, the stove and the sink.

  • Make yourself crowded in the kitchen. You’ll need to maintain the right amount of space between bench and wall units. The best amount seems to be a gap of 450mm.

  • Block the natural light from flowing into your kitchen. Good lighting makes a great difference, and makes your work easier. You’ll want to position task lighting so it shines on what you’re doing, rather than on your back if possible.
  • Ignore ergonomics. If you have kitchen bench tops and cupboards at the right height, you can reduce strain. Standard base unit heights range from 860mm to 940mm. A good practice for working out heights is to stand with your arms at your sides and your palms lifted at right angles. This is generally a good height for the bottom of your sink. If you add the depth of the sink, this will give you a good working height.

  • Make yourself have extra work. If you are using splash backs that are tiles, try to make the gap between bench and upper cupboards a multiple of the tile height. This will save tricky cutting and fitting later.

Kitchen renovations can be a great investment that will give you a lot of pleasure for many years. If you plan them properly, and follow these simple guidelines, you’ll get the most pleasure for your money.

 
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