Make The Most Of Your Kitchen Space — By Design

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Kitchen Cramped 9 ways to open up your congested kitchen Dave Martin Realtor Northern Virginia Marketing Specialist

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9 Ways to Open Up a Cramped Kitchen

Yeah – you want your new kitchen to have it all — plus plenty of storage space to hold it, but you must also consider what will be going on in there on a daily basis, or you will set yourself up for misery. Here are some things you must keep in mind.

    1. Refine your Design  Instead of the old-school closed-off kitchen, why not an open concept plan with an island or peninsula. Family members and guests can gather 'round on the seating and/or move freely about the open kitchen.

    2. Make sure there's enough Room for the Cook(s) and for the Visitors Passageways for those passing through need to be at least 3 feet wide. Work stations in front of appliances, sinks, and food preparation areas need to be at least 42 inches wide – up to 48 inches if there will be numerous cooks. If you frequently have over a hugeKitchen Island with seating Open up your clogged kitchen Northern Virginia Realtor Dave Martin #LoveVA Market Expert Home Sold Fast family or bunches of guests, you might even want to consider 54 inches.

    3. Think about Seating Do you want seating at the island or peninsula? Plan carefully where your stools will be. They should probably face the cook, and space taken up when they are being used must be considered. They mustn't be in the way of the cook(s) or others moving about the kitchen. The same 3-foot passageway rule from above should apply.


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    4. Be sure to think about the necessary clearance for appliances and cabinetry It's smart to organize your appliances into productive work areas, but be careful how you place things. The main appliances should not be facing one another, as this will interfere with your walkways. Don't place appliances in corners, either. It limits your access to them and also potentially to your cabinets. And speaking of cabinets, make sure they do not interfere with one another.

    5. Do not congest the entrance(s) to your kitchen  CONTINUE READING HERE

9 Ways to Open Up Your Kitchen Space

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Comments (3)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dave. I have a really small galley kitchen and these are all terrific tips.

Sep 13, 2018 07:59 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I've found kitchens and garages have one thing in common, they are NEVER big enough Dave Martin (703) 585-4687 .

Sep 13, 2018 08:47 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I recently renovated a fixer upper and the BEST thing I did was create an opening between the kitchen and family room. Open concepts are so inviting and desirable that it had to be done. I was able to rearrange cabinets and appliances to reduce the cost involved.

Sep 15, 2018 11:18 AM