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How to Plan Your New Kitchen – Part 1

The kitchen is truly the heart of your home! Your new kitchen should be a functional, user-friendly space where you and your family feel comfortable. Proper planning is important to achieving a great end result. Following these guidelines can help you successfully plan your new Annapolis kitchen.

How a kitchen is laid out depends on how it will be used. Put some thought into how you need your kitchen to function. Do you have one cook in the family, or are there several people cooking at a time? Do you entertain a lot? Are you a baker? Answering these questions will help you determine whether a traditional ‘triangle’ layout or a ‘work station’ will work best.

A traditional ‘triangle’ layout has the sink, stove and refrigerator as points on a triangle. This makes for efficient movement in the kitchen, but is best when only one person is cooking at a time. A ‘work station’ layout is very convenient for multiple cooks. Creating work areas around the major appliances, with counter space and storage adjacent, compartmentalizes each task, such as baking, clean-up, and prep. With work stations, it is still important to plan the location of the major appliances carefully.

Once you have placed your major appliances, planning storage is the next step. If you don’t have a separate pantry, a tall pantry cabinet is a great way to increase storage space. Roll-out shelves make it extra-convenient. Drawers have become very popular in the past few years for storing pots, pans and even dishes. If you are a baker, consider adding a mixer lift for that heavy mixer. For families with beautiful dishes to display, cabinets with glass doors and interior lighting can make a stunning addition.

Careful measuring is a must! We provide you with detailed instructions for laying out and measuring your kitchen. It’s important to take some time and make this step as accurate as possible. Once you have made decisions about layout and measured, it’s time for the next step in planning your new kitchen in Annapolis: choosing styles and finishes!