Kitchen remodeling and renovations are some of the most popular in home improvement projects. Virtually, the sky is the limit when it comes to the number of ideas, as well as the styles and materials that are available to make your custom kitchen your own functional dream space. No matter how simple or how creative you wish to be in your redesign plan, there are certain guidelines that are standard for any and every kitchen that you should consider when you are planning your kitchen renovation or remodel project. Below is the second set of 10 rules/guidelines to consider in a four part series about designing the most functional and beautiful kitchen possible.

  1. When there are usable corner areas in your kitchen, you should include at least one functional corner unit for storage.
  2. Make sure to plan a designated space for at least two waste receptacles in your kitchen: one for garbage, and another for recyclables.
  3. Sinks, ranges, ovens, and cooktops should have appropriate knee space planned in the design. You will want a minimum of 27” in height, 30” in width, and 19” in depth.
  4. You will want a clear space on the floor of about 30” x 48” at the dishwasher, the cooktop and/or oven, the refrigerator, and the sink.
  5. Make sure that 21” of clear floor space is allotted between the edge of the dishwasher, and any other object that is placed in a right angle to the dishwasher.
  6. Keep one edge of the sink at least 36” within the primary edge of the dishwasher.
  7. If you opt to have more than one sink in your kitchen, make sure that the primary sink is located somewhere either across from or between the cooking/preparation area or the refrigerator.
  8. When it comes to your cooktop, you want to make sure that you have adequate clearance above your burners. Make sure that you have at least 24” between the cooking surface and the protected surface above. If you choose to use an unprotected surface above the cooking surface, make sure that there is at least 30” in clearance.
  9. Make sure that your cooking surface has a ventilation system, and that it includes a fan with a rating of 150 CFM minimum.
  10. Unless it is at least 3” or more behind and at least 24” above it, do not place a cooking surface below an operable window.

When you are ready to design and build your custom kitchen, make sure to call Ross Brothers to ensure that you will get the results you can love and trust from a contractor with almost three decades of knowledge and experience. Call us today at (954) 361-0770.

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