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How to Design a Dream Kitchen

Host Jeff Wilson shares helpful tips on how to design a dream kitchen.

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designing a dream kitchen

The kitchen is the most functional room in the house and one that needs to be well-planned. Because everyone wants to congregate there, a kitchen plan must allow people to enjoy the space without the creation of congested work areas.

In addition to being the most functional room, it's also the most complicated room to consider when building a new home. This is where most decisions will be made and where most of the subcontractors will be working in a very short, concentrated amount of time.

It's important to first address the main purpose of a kitchen. Some like to use it only for basic cooking, while others like to entertain and want the kitchen to look good as well as being functional.

Here are the three other factors to consider when planning a new kitchen:

1. Most people tend to underestimate the costs involved in kitchen design and construction, and fail to budget meticulously.
2. A kitchen design needs to complement the house, as well as the owner's lifestyle.
3. Cabinets, countertops and kitchen appliances usually have a lead time of 6-8 weeks before arrival. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is last-minute decision-making on accessories and components that will go into the kitchen.

Meeting with a Kitchen Designer

Expect an initial two-hour meeting and bring the house plans. Don't be afraid to discuss the likes and dislikes -- as well as specific needs. Being candid will help the designer create the kitchen of your dreams. At the second meeting, the designer should have preliminary designs for review.

The best kitchen design includes:

Easy access to food supply area, food preparation area and the heat source.
Efficient placement of cabinets near the appliances.