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Your very own custom kitchen is something that can really tie your home’s look and feel together. As one of the most popular and commonly used rooms in any home, kitchen remodels and renovations are among the most popular design and re-design projects in the market today. Your dream kitchen and the possibilities that are available are only limited to as far as your imagination will allow. While there are many options and ideas that you can consider for your custom kitchen design, there are certain rules or guidelines that must be kept in mind when you are putting your plans together. This is the third installment of a four part series that reviews 10 of the guidelines/rules to consider for your kitchen remodel or renovation project.

  1. When installing a microwave oven, make sure that the appliance is at least 24” to 48” above the floor.
  2. Make sure that you include one work-counter with a height of at least 28” to 36” above the floor, and one work-counter with a height of 36” to 45” above the floor.
  3. When it comes to the frontage (or the useable surface area) of countertops, you will want at least 132” of useable space in kitchens smaller than 150 square feet, and at least 198” of useable counter space in kitchens that are larger than 150 square feet.
  4. The primary sink in a kitchen should have at least 24” of counter frontage on one side, and at least 18” on the other. The 24” of counter frontage on the edge of the primary sink must be the same height as the sink. If you are going for a corner sink, 3” is the minimum space allowed from the corner to the edge of the primary sink.
  5. Make sure that, with secondary sinks, there is at least 3” of countertop frontage on one side of the sink, with at least 18” on the other side. The height of the counter should be the same height as the sink.
  6. You want at least 15” of landing space for the countertop (with a minimum of 16” of depth) either above, below, or adjacent to a microwave oven.
  7. For open-ended kitchens, you want to have at least 9” of counter space on one side of a cooking surface, and 15” on the other side. If your kitchen is enclosed, you will need at least 3” of clearance at the end wall, and make sure that the end wall uses material that is flame retardant to protect the end wall. If there is not an abutting wall or backsplash, the countertop should not extend less than 9” behind the cooking surface. The height of the counter should be the same as the appliance.
  8. There should be at least 15” of counter space on the latch side of a refrigerator, or on either side of a side-by-side refrigerator. Make sure that you have at least 15” of landing space no more than 48” across from the refrigerator. If you choose to have your oven/stovetop next to the refrigerator, then the refrigerator should be the appliance that is next to the available countertop.
  9. If your oven opens into the primary traffic pattern of the kitchen, make sure that the countertop has at least 15” of landing space (and is at least 16” deep) next to or above the oven. If your oven doesn’t open into a primary traffic area, you will need at least 15” x 16” of landing space.
  10.  You will need at least 36” of continuous countertop space that is at least 16” in depth for the counter where food will be prepared, and make sure that a water source (such as the sink) is immediately adjacent to this space.

Make sure to contact Ross Brothers when it is time for your home to undergo a kitchen remodel or renovation. Call us today at (954) 361-0770.

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