Kitchen Design and Remodeling with Budget In Mind
A beautiful kitchen design can only be created by a perfect combination of all of the above elements. The best kitchen design and layout will offer you the ease of movement around the kitchen, accessibility to food, utensils, and cooking apparatus. Moreover, you should feel comfortable in the kitchen.
Here I explain my views and ideas of designing an outstanding kitchen to meet the needs of your family in terms of design, looks and conform.
Universal Design vs. Accessible Design: Definition and Difference
Accessible design involves designing and creating a barrier-free environment primarily for the wheelchair-bound and the disabled. Accessible design is mandated for public spaces by federal law under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Universal design has a broader scope than accessible design even though it incorporates some of the features of accessible design. Universal design involves designing and creating an environment for all, regardless of physical capacity including people with arthritic conditions; the elderly, injured, movement-impaired; small children.
Adding Color to the Kitchen
Adding color to the kitchen is one of the most important elements of kitchen designing and remodeling. Whether your dream kitchen consists of a cozy farmhouse eatery, a contemporary bistro, or a traditional dining area, the creativity to use and add color in a budget-friendly way is very important.
Renovating the kitchen with color can be elaborate or easy depending on your own plans. Make a plan of the design first. What are your intentions? Do you want a complete overhaul of color or simply introducing splashes of additional hues to the space? Examine the surface of your kitchen to determine what needs to be done for designing and remodeling. You can paint the cabinetry in an array of decorative finishes. For e.g., soft, whitewashed cabinet fronts can evoke a coastal cottage, while deep-toned, distressed finishes can make a mountain retreat out of an ordinary kitchen. This is a great color combination for most kitchen designs.
You can create a monochromatic scheme by mimicking the color of the countertop, cabinetry, and wall covering. You can paint the backsplash with a deeper color than the cabinetry and personalize it with stenciled motifs. This will add a powerful contrast to the kitchen. You can also customize kitchen surfaces with painted freehand techniques, such as stripes. This will enhance the look and feel of the kitchen.
Make sure not to overlook any kitchen design element. Keep focus on all elements in the kitchen including the cabinetry, ceiling, floor and window coverings, moldings, and trim. Make a color scheme for all elements to add dynamic color to the kitchen space. Giving attention to all the elements can add some interesting spark of color to the kitchen. Try to explore the possibility of painting the chandelier hanging over the dining table, drawer and cabinet pulls, or the unfinished wooden microwave storage cart. You can perk up inexpensive shelving by painting trim, or highlight hanging plate and pot racks with the application of an unusual paint finish and color combination.
There is stiff completion among manufacturers when it comes to high-quality kitchen paints. For kitchen cabinets, you can go for high-gloss latex paints. Designing, remodeling or refreshing your kitchen with color can have a major impact with a minor outlay of time and money regardless of the fact that what surfaces you decide to paint.
Sound Insulation and Soundproofing for Quieter Home and Kitchen
Whether it be the kitchen or any other room of our home, noise seems to have become a byproduct of our everyday lives. Noise pollution has become such a problem that we all crave a little quiet.
Noise can mess up our sleep and add to our stress, infringe on our privacy. There are a number of soundproofing or noise-reducing initiatives you can take to control noise. Sound insulation or soundproofing is best done when started with the construction of the house or remodeling project because they involve the way walls or other structural elements are built.
Here are some Sound Insulation & Soundproofing that you can try for noise-remediation:
1. Seal holes: Air can leak through walls and around doors and windows. This also makes noise to leak. To stop this, you can use flexible acrylic latex or polyurethane caulk or foam sealant, seal the gaps around pipes, electrical boxes, heating registers or ducts, wires, or where any other objects penetrate the walls or ceiling. During new construction and installing switch and receptacle boxes and heating registers, never place them back-to-back in a wall.
2. Reduce noisemakers: We all know that sound can travel along a solid object just as it travels through the air. When building, keep this principle in mind and choose flexible furnace ducts rather than rigid-metal ones. Try to use resilient pads to separate pipes from framing members, or fill the holes where pipes pass through with expanding foam insulation. Provide air chambers when plumbing faucets to eliminate the water hammer that’s caused when you quickly shut off a faucet. Insulate interior walls where you want to minimize the transfer of noise between rooms. Always pack insulation around pipes. Opt for cast-iron drain pipes in areas where this would be a problem.
3. Noise making Appliances: When purchasing new appliances, pay a little more for the quietest models. Newer home and kitchen appliances such as conventional fans, dishwashers, etc., are quieter than their old counterparts.
4. Isolating Noisy Equipments: Try to isolate and enclose noisy equipment away from sleeping areas. You can have a dedicated equipment rooms with insulated walls and solid core doors. Solid-core doors between all rooms can significantly reduce noise that travels through the house.
5. Use sound-absorbing material: Use sound-absorbing materials on floors, walls, and ceilings. Insulation tiles and can carpeting can cut noise to a great extent. Try to avoid rigid, hard surfaces such as tile, concrete, and hardwood flooring.
Child Safety in the Kitchen
Kitchen is the most important element and part of any home but it is definitely not a safe place for a young child. From its hot stoves to its sharp knives and other kitchen appliances, the kitchen is the home’s most accident-prone area for small family members.
For child safety in kitchen star wit storing away and locking all toxic substance. A number of other safety precautions are there to take in the kitchen to ensure the complete safety of your child. Important of all is not to let a young child unattended, even for a moment, in a kitchen, whether cooking is taking place or not.
General Kitchen Safety Measures
Never let any electrical cords dangle over countertop edges. When not in use, unplug and store small kitchen appliances such as mixers, food processors, coffee makers etc, out of reach from small children.
Kitchen utensils with sharp blades or pointed tines should always be put away after us. Keep all knives safely beyond the reach of your child. Find an out-of-the-way place to keep aluminum foil, waxed paper, and other wraps boxed with sharp cutting edges.
Put garbage in a container with a hard-to-open lid, or store it under the sink and install a child-resistant latch on the door.
Child Safety from Kitchen Appliances
1. Cooktop and oven: Teach your child at an early age the meaning of “hot”, whether the stove is on or off. Make sure that your child is not underfoot when you are working at a Cooktop, oven, or other appliance with hot foods or grease that might spill or spatter. Use a stove-top guard as a barricade. If your toddler can reach the controls, remove the knobs. If an accident happens in spite of all the precautions, immediately immerse the burned area in a stream of cold water until the pain subsides. Never use ice as it may cause frostbite. Cover the burn loosely with a clean bandage and call your child’s doctor.
2. Microwave oven: Make sure the microwave oven is mounted at a place where baby can’t reach the controls. If you use the microwave to heat baby food or baby bottles, make sure that the containers may not feel hot even when the food is scalding. When heating baby food, always stir and check the temperature before giving the food to your child.
3. Refrigerator: Some foods like wine, Picante sauce, and spoiled leftovers found in refrigerators can be toxic to children if taken in quantity. Install a refrigerator lock at the top of the door to prevent children from opening the refrigerator door. If you use refrigerator magnets, my tip would be to make sure they are too big to go into a small child’s mouth and that the magnet itself can’t come loose or it can be quite hazardous.
4. Dishwasher: Kids just love to push buttons. Controls of a dishwasher are like some interesting game for them. The easiest way to keep your child from playing with the dishwasher’s controls or its’ contents is to buy a dishwasher that is difficult for a child to operate and open. You may also consider locking the dishwasher door with an appliance fastener available where child safety supplies are sold. Always load knives and sharp objects pointing downward so they are not as hazardous when the door is open. Pour in dishwashing detergent just before you run the dishwasher.
5. Garbage disposal: If your child can reach the garbage disposer switch, there are some methods to keep him away from flipping it on. You can replace the cover plate with a locking outdoor switch cover OR replace the switch with a key switch and both of these are readily available at any electrical supply shops.
6. Trash compactor: Make sure that your trash compactor won’t operate when the door is open and that it can be turned on only with a key. Put the key away from the reach of your child.