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When you start out to design your own kitchen, you will probably be surprised at how many types of kitchens there are.

Your life circumstance will largely determine the type of kitchen you want. Do you still have a large family at home? Are you looking to design a gourmet kitchen? Is your house small or large? Will a starter kitchen suffice?

Okay. Now let’s say you have some children still living at home and maybe you have family and friends over for meals from time to time. You will want to design a kitchen large enough to allow for several people in the kitchen at one time. The best designs will allow people to move around in the kitchen without having to move other people out of the way.

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The traffic flow through and around your kitchen is something you will have to live with for the life of your design, so this deserves careful thought.

You want to think about providing lots of counter space and landing surfaces. What type of material would you like for these surfaces? Granite is a modern trend that can lend both elegance and durability to your kitchen design.

If you have enough floor space to accommodate it, an island in the middle of the kitchen is wonderful to have. It can serve many functions. Obviously, you can prepare food on it, especially if your stove is incorporated into the island. If the island is large enough, you can use it to eat at as well. Of course, the island will provide more cupboard space, which is always at such a premium in a kitchen!

Storage space is a major element of any kitchen design. A pantry is a “must” if you have room for it. If not, then using every nook and cranny for cupboard space will make your life easier. Lazy Susan types of units inside cupboards can help to maximize cupboard space even more.

When designing a kitchen, you must consider where you are going to place your major appliances. Think about the workflow as you prepare a meal or cleanup afterwards. You don’t want to put your sink a long way away from your prep area where you will be slicing vegetables. You probably wouldn’t want to put your refrigerator between your sink and stove or your dishwasher far away from your sink.

These are just a few of the things you must take into consideration when you go about designing a kitchen.

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