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The kitchen is the heart of the home, and planning a new one can be a daunting task. Before you begin, there are a few questions you must ask yourself.

The number one question is how much will you use it. Do you like to cook or are you a take-out person? Will you be entertaining, and if so, will it be a small intimate group or a large crowd? Do you prefer simple meals or gourmet cooking? The answer to these questions should give you some idea of what your budget should be.

Kitchens can run anywhere from $10,000 upwards to over $100,000; but there are some simple solutions to keeping the cost at a minimum. Your appliances are a large part of your budget, but you can keep costs down by choosing good, dependable brands without all the bells and whistles.
The size of your room will determine your cabinet plan. Cabinets can run anywhere from $2000 to $50,000. A simple cost cutter would involve buying just enough cupboards to hold your dishes and pots and pans, and making a large walk in pantry to house your foodstuffs, large pans and bowls, and small appliances. Open shelving is also a cheap alternative to covered cabinets.

Do not scrimp on counter space. You will want a large area to prepare your food, and an island or bar works best for this job. Many people prefer to have a small sink installed right in the island, but is isnít necessary.

A good functioning kitchen is all about good workflow. There are 3 basic tasks in a kitchenís workflow: preparation, cooking, and cleanup. Good kitchens balance the workflow between the stove, fridge, and sink arranged in a triangle to facilitate easy access.

Talk to a kitchen planner at your local home store. They will have great ideas for storage and planning.


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Make sure no cabinet or appliances doors interfere with each other.

Leave plenty of counter top space for a food prep area.

You can never have enough storage space!

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