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Residential Design: Where to Start and How to Proceed

You've decided you're ready to pursue that renovation or new building project that you've been thinking about for so long now, but you don't know where to begin or what to expect. Delving into the unknown can make us apprehensive and anxious, so here is some helpful information to prepare you for what to expect and to provide you with some direction along the way.

Like most things in life, a renovation and new home project requires some planning. The first step in the process should be to locate and interview residential designers or architects. These are the professionals who will help you bring your vision to life. Starting with a design professional will enable you to organize and develop your thoughts, needs, desires, and budget. You will walk away from the design process with the documents you need to successfully solicit comparable bids from contractors which will give you better pricing and result in a faster construction time and fewer change orders.

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Appliances 101

The typical residential kitchen has between 4-8 major appliances whose lifespan varies from 6-16 years, so you will most likely purchase or replace your home’s appliances several times over your lifetime.At first glance this may not seem like a daunting proposition, but consider this…there are over 40 manufacturers of residential kitchen appliances servicing the United States and each manufacturer has up to 5 different lines or series for each appliance and each series has anywhere from 10-20 different models.This means there are literally thousands of choices available for your consideration!
To help you get started, I am providing a guide for the basic types of kitchen appliances.  This overview of appliance types and their relative cost ranges will allow you to better understand appliance terminology and help you determine which appliance will best serve your individual needs.  Included are broad cost ranges which are based on actual 2012 prices for Greenville, SC.  If you still fe…

Kitchen Planning Guidelines for the Modern Day Kitchen

Modern day kitchens have evolved into one of the most complicated spaces to successfully plan and design.  The kitchen is no longer a purely utilitarian space.  On the contrary, it has evolved into the central hub of everyday living.  Magazines and webzines highlight beautiful photos of kitchens brimming with expensive gadgets and luxury finishes; however, it is the basic rules of functionality that will determine the relative success or failure of your kitchen.  
A successful kitchen design takes into account a wide array of space planning issues which can be easily overlooked by contractors and homeowners.  By adapting the guidelines issued by the National Kitchen and Bath Association,  I have tried to condense many of these issues into a series of guidelines that will assist you as you begin to design your own modern day kitchen.

Traffic and Workflow •Doorways at least 32” wide; Walkways at least 36” wide; Work aisles at least 42” wide for one cook; at least 48” wide in multi-cook kit…

A Creative Kitchen Renovation in the Craftsman Style

The original kitchen was designed as a separate space that did not lend itself to interaction with the adjoining spaces.  There were three single openings that led to the dining room on the west, to the family room on the south and to the laundry and garage at the north.  A priority for the owners was to have more openness between the kitchen and adjacent spaces without sacrificing large amounts of cabinet and counter space.  


Maintaining some visual privacy in the kitchen to hide the working areas was also necessary. The owners also wanted to preserve the breakfast table area and bay window, redo the cabinets and counters, and replace the existing appliances in a way that appeared to be original to the house.

The design solution that worked best included changes to the plan that would increase the openings between the kitchen, dining, and family rooms while still providing visual separation through the use of new pocket doors and a raised ba…

Kitchen Trends: Common Kitchen Configurations

Kitchens are as diverse and different as the people who own them; however, most kitchens tend to fall into one of seven basic categories.  The seven most common kitchen configurations include Single Wall, Galley, L-Shaped, L-Shaped with an Island, U-Shaped, U-Shaped with an Island, and G-shaped.  Each layout has unique advantages and disadvantages, but they can all be well suited for particular applications.
Single Wall: While this layout is most efficient in terms of the amount of space needed, it is least efficient in terms of use. All of the appliances must be located along the same wall, requiring the cook to shift back and forth between them while staring at a wall the entire time. It is not ideal for entertaining since the cook’s back is turned towards guests and family members and it is difficult for more than one person to use this kitchen at a time. This layout does work; however, in cases where space is highly restricted or where the owner does not do a lot of cooking or ente…