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Designing Your Kitchen: Kitchen Cabinets

kitchen cabinetsDesigning your own new kitchen is a unique opportunity to make the most important room of the house totally yours. Planning and budgeting come first. Shop around and familiarize yourself with the cost of everything on your wish list. If you want that silent-running Bosch dishwasher, or that Maytag dishwasher that can wash your stemware without smashing it, plan. Start with everything you want and make changes, look for satisfactory alternatives, until you develop your budget, including a reasonable allowance for cost overruns.

Most professional kitchen designers agree the work/walk pattern in a functional kitchen should be a logical triangle or square between your large appliances, encouraging economy of motion. Expend as little effort as possible to get the job done, and consider your primary needs. How many people routinely cook in your kitchen? Where do you want your kitchen storage canisters located? Do you cook alone or with others? Do you need an island to accommodate multiple cooks at once? Do you need a desk in the kitchen? Would a flat screen TV or a computer serve you well? Do your kids need a place to sit and do homework while you cook?

After you plan the kitchen, imagine making the trip from the stove to the sink a few thousand times. If your design still pleases you, go forward.

You can get free professional help by taking trips to big-box home improvement centers. Weekdays are much less hectic than weekends and there is a good chance someone will be available to help you. Come armed with exact space measurements and your plans. Ask for their thoughts on the kitchen project and ideas on how to improve on your design or save money. After you go through this process a few times, you will have some new ideas on how to proceed.

Your greatest expense will be cabinetry. If you opt for hardwood cabinets, professionally installed, count on spending at least $200 per linear foot. The cost will go up considerably if you want to use more expensive woods; or, if you include features like spice racks for storing spice jars, extension (or pull out) shelving, and a built in recycling center.

Remember: simpler is cheaper, but most only remodel a kitchen once, so be sure you get what meets your absolute need. If you need that coffee cabinet for all your cups and coffee supplies, get it. If you can do without those sliding metal baskets, that will save you a few dollars. If you do not need it, take it out of the budget and the plan. Concentrate strictly on making your kitchen the kitchen you really need and want.