The right direction a top 8 design mistakes early on and in a series format room with the bathroom everything from the kitchen to the bedroom to the living room dining room and home office that's all i have planned for now. If there's any room that i didn't mention and you wanted to see common design mistakes for make sure you drop in the comments section below. so let's get started on kitchens rooms to design because it's the room in your home that gets the most use. it's the heart of the home and for good reason it's a place that you come to gather and socialize. it's the place that you come to cook your heart out for your friends and loved ones designing your dream kitchen. can be one of the most rewarding tasks that you undertake in a home remodel. but since the kitchen is filled with endless design decisions that the task can also be really daunting to those who are unprepared in order to save time money stress and to get the most out of your dream kitchen. try to avoid making these costly mistakes is going to be a doozy it's very comprehensive and i pretty much cover everything i could think of when i'm designing kitchens for my own clients.
So grab some water steep some tea pour yourse lf a glass of wine and let's get to it i'll be breaking into four parts we'll start with the function and space planning then move on to logistics and choosing your appliances. following with storage and customization and finally ending up with the style. how to choose the right materials and finishes for the space face planning is bar none the most common mistake that i see made in kitchen designs. you always want to start with space planning you measure the layout in the floor plan that you have to work with for your kitchen remodel and then we'll go from there make sure you first take measurements of the available floor space and then you can decide where everything goes you'll figure out your optimum work triangle and then we'll start to order appliances. one of the most common design mistakes i see made in kitchens is clearance issues that have to deal with doorways and walkways doors at least need to be 32 inches wide and swinging doors should interfere with appliances cabinets or other doors and impede the walkway hang doors.
So they swing out rather than in especially in a small space for correct clearance passageways through the kitchen the one without doors should be a minimum of 36 inches wide or larger. If you're standing in front of your refrigerator or stove walkways should at least be 42 inches wide for one cook or 48 inches for multiple cooks poor design of a work triangle you're probably asking what is a work triangle every experienced designer knows that in order to design a truly functional kitchen. you have to take into consideration the work triangle the work triangle might not be common knowledge to those embarking on a remodel. so here are the details the idea is that the work triangle improves a kitchen's functionality by minimizing walking distance between the most used appliances for comfort and safety the sum of the three distances should be no more than 27 feet and each stretch of the triangle should measure between four and nine feet no matter the size of the kitchen. if two or more people cook at the same time plan triangles for each cook these triangles might share one leg meaning they are located right next to each other but they should not cross each other core design workflow can be very impractical to a functional kitchen. when these are the three main features that you use daily maybe the refrigerator is on one end of the kitchen the sink on another and the stove top is so far away that you're making loops around your kitchen just to cook a simple meal the next design mistake is lack of countertop space.
when designing a Modular Kitchen recommend at least 150 inches of usable countertop space this includes lower cabinets that are at least 24 inches deep and has a clearance of 18 inches above it before placing your upper cabinets the countertop space could also include islands here are the minimum spatial requirements for countertop space next to appliances don't worry about remembering all of this i'll pop a caption out. so you can take a screenshot 24 inches next to one side of the sink for prep work 18 inches on the other 15 inches of countertop beside the refrigerator usually on the handle side or either side if you have column refrigerators or french doors 12 inches of counter top on one side of a cooking surface and 18 inches on the other. if you have more room than that that's great these are just the minimum requirements for a fully functioning kitchen that's designed well for kitchen layouts with island appliances. make sure you at least have nine inches on both sides of the burner for a separate oven include at least 15 inches of countertop on one side you have a tiny kitchen but you insist on an island you saw your dream kitchen online. somewhere and you're dying to have that huge massive island right in the center of it while kitchen islands definitely increase your preparation area they take up a lot of room.
So if you already don't have that room don't make the mistake island in the middle of your kitchen make sure you have at least 36 inches around the island for passage or it might be better to leave. it out of your design altogether my own kitchen is not that huge after i measured 36 inches away from all the base cabinets. Small square feet of usable space left the solution rolling cart with a stainless steel top that not only had extra storage. it acts as an extra surface for preparation and gained that usable countertop space the thing. moving piece of furniture if i need extra prep surface just roll it right up to my countertop space and then when i don't need that surface i'll just move it right back into the center another common design mistake is choosing furniture that doesn't fit your kitchen. when a countertop island doubles as a seating area a 30 inch wide space per stool is the most comfortable sometimes i see people jammed right next to each other and knocking elbows and that is just not a comfortable space to sit in you also need to make sure. Include sufficient leg room when designing a bar area plan for 15 inches for 36 inch counters which is considered counter height and 12 inches of leg space for 42 inch counters which is bar height this space allows.