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The National Kitchen & Bath Association offers advice on when and why to update.
Many homeowners think their kitchen is
outdated from the looks of their worn cabinets, dated appliances and crackled
countertop. What they may not realize is that there are many other reasons,
more important than cosmetic, why a kitchen needs to be remodeled.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association
(NKBA) offers the following tips to help homeowners evaluate the current
condition of their kitchen and decide if the time is right for a remodel.
Adequate space: Are you satisfied with the amount of counter
space, cabinet space and floor space in your kitchen? The position of your
refrigerator or shape of your counter may be taking away useful workspace.
According to the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Planning Guidelines, when replacing
a countertop or changing the shape of your kitchen, keep in mind that a
total of 158″ of countertop frontage, 24″ deep with at least
15″ of clearance above, is needed to accommodate all uses, including
landing area, preparation/work area and storage.
Traffic flow: If there’s more than one cook in your
household, you may want to consider making more room around the main
workspace. If you enjoy entertaining, you may want an open plan kitchen
that allows for more social interaction between the kitchen and other
rooms. According to the NKBA Kitchen Planning Guidelines, the width of a
walkway should be at least 36″ and the width of a work aisle should
be at least 42″ for one cook and at least 48″ for multiple
Children: Depending on whether or not you have children,
and their ages, your kitchen may need to be remodeled. Dated appliances
and the design of your kitchen can be hazardous for young kids. If you are
in the process of extending your family, you may want more room for
cooking larger meals and lower cabinets for easier access to children’s
food. Based on the NKBA Kitchen Planning Guidelines, microwave ovens
should be installed 3″ below the principal user’s shoulder but no
more than 54″ above the floor to avoid accidents. The NKBA also
suggests avoiding sharp corners on countertops with kids around.
Efficiency: If your appliances are dated, they may be
costing you more money than you expect. New technological advances with
dishwashers, disposals and refrigerators could save you a considerable
amount of money and may be well worth the investment. For example,
purchasing a dishwasher with low-energy consumption, delay timer and
economy cycle or half-load button will result in saving water and money.
Universal Design: Is your kitchen accessible to individuals with
disabilities? Will you be able to use your kitchen safely as you get
older? Considering these issues is vital in a kitchen remodel. Employing
Universal Design techniques in the remodel will help assure that the space
is as accessible to or useable by all people, regardless of age, size or
physical ability without the need for adaptation or specialized design
Location: Thinking about adding a deck to the side or
back of your house? Incorporating a door into the layout of your kitchen
would be a great convenience for outdoor entertaining. You also may want
to rearrange the position of windows to allow more or less sunlight or to
watch your children play in the yard. When rearranging the layout of your
kitchen, according to the NKBA guidelines, the clear opening of a doorway
should be at least 32″ wide, which would require a minimum of
2’10” door. Keep in mind that a cooking surface should never be
located under an operable window.
Before you remodel your kitchen, make a
checklist of major and minor problems and keep notes of the features you
dislike and like the most. When it comes time to sit down with a qualified
kitchen and bath designer, they’ll know exactly how to suit your needs, taste
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