Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself projects have become extremely popular due to the plethora of resources available for you to research, learn and DO with ease and expertise.

Do it yourself kitchens are possible whether you are building a brand new house or remodeling. Either way, exceptional space planning is essential. You want spaces in your home to flow well from one room to the next, right? You need the same feel in your kitchen. After all, it is the heart of your home and where all the yummy goodness happens. Now, you may not be blessed with the ability (or will or patience) to do all the necessary physical work yourself, but you can do the planning, which is a major component to your dream kitchen. After all, who knows better than you how to create the best kitchen for you?

Best piece of advice: the fanciest kitchen in town may be a real bummer to cook in if the kitchen design has not been very carefully planned. Making the best possible use of all the space in your kitchen will make or break your design.

The last thing you need is to take a hot pan out of your super fancy new oven only to realize you really don’t have a clear counter top to put it on! Or to find that you don’t have enough clearance between your very rare granite counter top and your island for you and your husband to make your favorite meal together without constantly bumping into one another. And the list goes on; cabinets, appliances, electrical…let’s not go there--yet.

Space planning is critical to your successful kitchen design and the pages below offer tips and advice on how to carefully plan your new Do It Yourself (DIY) dream kitchen.

There are a lot of very important factors to consider when planning a kitchen design, but all of these can be found either on the Internet (this website), in books or through your local home improvement retail store. They want to sell you their materials, so they will be happy to help you figure out the basics. I wouldn't recommend using them as your designer, but many of them are very knowledgeable and eager to help you succeed.

One of the most important factors for your stunning new kitchen is expertly planned work space. You have heard of the work triangle. In a kitchen this is the triangular shape defined by the three major work sites: sink, refrigerator and cook top/stove. The length of the triangle's sides can be used to optimize placement of the three main work sites in the kitchen and is vitally important to the functionality (or the dreaded lack thereof) of the kitchen. Accordingly, you will want to plan your cabinetry to match the task area where it’s located. For instance, be sure to have your dish and glassware drawers (I LOVE drawers for these) or cabinets adjacent to the dishwasher for easy unloading.

As you can see, in order to DIY, you will have to arm yourself with the correct information. With the correct information you can become your own before and after success story. There is no one who knows better than you how to plan the very best kitchen for you.

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