Whether you’re undergoing a small kitchen renovation, or a complete kitchen remodel, a well-thought-out and detailed plan is a must for any kitchen project. Whether you design the kitchen yourself, work with a home centre, or go to a kitchen designer, formulating a kitchen renovation plan is always the first step.

There are three basic kitchen functions to consider when creating the ideal kitchen: storage, preparation, and clean-up. The following points will help you sort through those kitchen renovation considerations.

Typical Kitchen Layouts Found in Halifax

For the last few decades, most kitchen designs have been based on three standard layouts: The U-shaped kitchen, the L-shaped kitchen, and the galley kitchen. All three of these layouts make great use of the classic work triangle concept. The work triangle concept positions the three major kitchen components (refrigerator, stove, and sink) in a triangular pattern for optimal accessibility.

Those layouts were determined to be the most efficient in the 1950’s, after a research study on kitchen usage showed that it was used mostly by women during that period who:

  • Stayed home during the day
  • Worked alone in the kitchen
  • Cooked most foods from scratch
  • Needed storage space for about 400 items

Tracking Modern & Historical Kitchen Renovation Trends in Halifax

More recently, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) co-sponsored research that recognized the changing use patterns in the kitchen. The study found that most home owners now:

  • Work outside the home
  • Share the cooking responsibilities
  • Prepare very few foods from scratch
  • Require storage space for 800 items

After this study, the NKBA wrote 31 guidelines to provide industry professionals, and kitchen renovation contractors, with the minimum standards for kitchen efficiency, convenience, traffic spaces, distances between items, and countertop and cabinet space when undergoing a kitchen renovation or a new kitchen addition.

Multiple Work Centers

Custom kitchen designers in Halifax now think in terms of multiple work centere, or work stations, within the kitchen. This allows more than one person to work efficiently in the kitchen, without getting in anyone else’s way.

Work centres are a less formal concept than a classic work triangle, as you can create a station any time adequate counter space is provided, or next to a major appliance.

The addition of a kitchen island is one of the most common ways to include multiple work centres into a kitchen. It might block the clear paths of the classic work triangle, but a kitchen island creates 2-4 small work stations along its perimeter.

These stations can become major work centres if a second sink is added or the stovetop is pulled away from the wall and set into the island. Even without a kitchen island, you can create distinct work centres simply by separating major appliances.

Finish Materials

Choosing the right finish materials is another critical part of the kitchen remodeling process. Here are some points to consider in five primary categories for complete kitchen renovations:

Kitchen Cabinets:

There are two basic kitchen cabinet styles: European-style (frameless), and face-framed cabinets. Each style has a variety of doors, wood, and finish options. Cabinets vary in degree of construction quality, so look for small details like roll-out, or tilt-out drawer features. All-Craft is a kitchen renovation company with lots of experience working with cabinetry. If you’re unsure of what to choose, we can help!

Kitchen Countertops:

Countertop choices range from very durable, yet very expensive materials, like solid surface, or granite to less expensive, but still very attractive options, including ceramic tile, or laminate counter top. Solid surfaces, such as marble and granite counter tops, are not typical do-it-yourself materials. In comparison, tile and laminate tops are an achievable DIY project.

Kitchen Flooring:

Recently, sheet vinyl has been the predominant flooring choice for moderately-priced kitchens. It has a variety of textures, designs, price ranges, and has virtually replaced linoleum that was popular in our grandparents’ era. Ceramic tile has always been a popular choice for more premium kitchens, and wood floors are gaining popularity in both moderate and high-end kitchens.

Kitchen Sinks:

Kitchen sinks are made of materials such as solid surface, cast iron, stainless steel and plastic. Mounting styles are either top-mount or under-mount, with a combination of sizes and features available including single-bowl, double-bowl, deep or shallow. Faucets also offer different finishes to match your kitchen such as polished brass, brushed nickel, chrome, stainless steel and more. Other popular features include pull-out sprayers, single-levers, and double-handled faucets.

Kitchen Appliances:

The main appliance choice involves built-in or free-standing styles. This decision will factor into the overall design of the kitchen. In addition, you’ll choose between side-by-side refrigerators or units with top or bottom mounted freezers. Besides the traditional gas or electric options, range features include halogen or smooth-top cooktops, double and/or convection ovens, trash compactors, microwaves, range hoods, down-draft vents, and more.

If you are looking for kitchen remodeling contractors in Halifax, or a custom kitchen remodel design, then please contact us today!