Things to Ponder When Designing a Kitchen

I have seen many a kitchen in my time. From huge mansions to small condos. And you want to know a secret- most of them are not 100% functional. They sure are pretty though.

With that being said, I feel that kitchens are the most challenging rooms to organize. There are no cookie cutter solutions. We all function a little different in our kitchens. Here are some things to think about when designing your space.

* What do you use everyday?

* What should be on your counter?

* If you are a coffee drinker, then consider using the cabinets above where you place your Kerig for a beverage center.

* Your daily dishes, glasses and silverware should be as close to the dishwasher as possible.

* Do you plan on having an overflow area in the basement? If not, what large items do you need to fit in the kitchen. Think platters, roasting pan, ect.

* What about your cookbooks?

* How many sets of dishes do you have?

* Are you a baker?

* Lets not forget about the pantry! Shallow shelves! Deep pantry shelves are like the land of the lost! They make me want to cry!!

* Lets talk utensils. Do you put them in canisters on the counter or want them in drawers? Plastic bags and wrap? Towels and oven mitts?

* Pots and Pan Storage.

* Are you going to create an overflow area?

* What specialty items do you need to store?

You have a lot to think about when designing a kitchen. Make a list of what you have, then design your kitchen around it. It will work out better in the long run. Then enjoy!!!

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