Kitchen Renovation: Research and Plan Your IKEA Kitchen

galley kitchen renovationPlanning and completing a kitchen renovation in Victoria can be one of the most stressful projects that homeowners encounter because of the time it takes to complete as well as the disruption to daily routine. Not all remodeling projects are created equally, yet most experts agree that the kitchen is the number one room in your home that will give you the best return on your investment, even though it is the costliest one to renovate.

What Do You Want in a Remodeled Kitchen?

Before you begin the process of designing your new IKEA kitchen with Easy Installations, think about what you want to include in your remodeled kitchen. Browse through our design gallery to see what we have already accomplished. Purchase general and interior design magazines that feature makeover to get kitchen renovation ideas. Look at photo-heavy websites to see what catches your eye. Having an idea of what you want your remodeled kitchen to look like as well as determine what you can afford to spend on kitchen renovation costs will streamline the process when working with our designers.

The Work Triangle

When searching for ideas, keep traffic in mind as the kitchen is your home’s most heavily used room. Most kitchens are organized around what is referred to as the work triangle–the sink, stove and refrigerator as activity occurs primarily in these areas. The general rule is that the three legs of the triangle should total between 12 and 26 feet. In addition, traffic should not go through the triangle to disrupt cooking activities. If it does, a more extensive remodel may be necessary to correct the traffic pattern and improve work flow.

Work triangles come in three layouts: U-shaped, L-shaped and galley. Very small kitchens must have all three elements arranged along the same wall, much like galleys on ships, to conserve space. If you plan to add a dishwasher, make sure it is near the sink, for convenience purposes as well as for running plumbing lines.

Well functioning kitchens also need plenty of floor and counter space surrounding the sink, stove and refrigerator. The refrigerator door needs full clearance to swing open properly with cabinet doors placed so that they do not interfere. Counter space near the fridge should have a minimal run of 18 inches for food staging. Make sure you have staging areas on either side of the sink of 24 to 36 inches for placing dirty dishes before cleaning and drying afterwards.

Stoves or cook tops should go along an exterior wall rather than on an island or peninsula. A design like this will facilitate an effective hood and ventilation system to remove grease, smoke and combustion gases. Make sure the cooking surface has an overhead clearance of at least 21 to 30 inches for proper viewing and access to rear burners.

Consider Storage

One of the most essential kitchen elements is having sufficient and convenient storage. Personal preferences will often dictate what type of storage you prefer. Do you like cookware hanging or out of sight? Do you want to see your dishes and serving platters through glass panels and serving platters or do you prefer that they remain behind solid cabinet doors? No matter what you choose, you’ll want to follow these kitchen renovation tips for a good design.

Store glassware and dishes in cabinets or shelves near the sink. Frequently used cookware should go near the stove or cook top. Locate silverware drawers near the sink or dishwasher, yet outside of the work triangle so the table may be set without interrupting cooking. Storage near the stove can hold food unaffected by warmth such as pasta and rice. Timers, spices and cooking utensils should also be nearby.

Taking into account the above steps will help to ensure that your new IKEA kitchen renovation is not only beautiful, but functional.

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