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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Kitchen Design

By: Shelly Haverkamp

What do you want from your kitchen? Before you tackle a major remodel, you'll want to ask yourself some basic questions about your lifestyle.

Do you have kids?
Your perfect space could be a kitchen/family room combination where kids play or do homework while you whip up supper.

  • A peninsula or island creates a casual, low-maintenance eating area.
  • To encourage self-service, install a snack bar with pull-out cooling drawers and a microwave at kid height. Plates and utensils should also be within easy reach.
  • A planning desk is ideal for the family's headquarters. Include a place for a bulletin board, calendar, telephone, message center, keys, files and a computer. Plan for plenty of individualized storage and sorting to handle mountains of mail and school papers.
  • Floors, countertops and cabinets should stand up to heavy use.

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