KITCHEN DESIGN TIPS: Choosing Faucets, Sinks, Appliances & Light Fixtures

Faucets & Sinks

You may think that choosing a kitchen sink and faucet is an easy decision, it’s very important to get this duo right. type of sink you choose will dictate the type of faucet, how the countertop is formed and how all three are installed ,so changing your mind later can be a big deal.

when you’re choosing a sink, you need to decide if you want to go with a single or a multi bowl option, you also want to consider if you want to drop in under mount or apron front sink, also think about the material you want the sink to be, whether it’s stainless steel or granite composite.

When it comes to buying a faucet there are a few things to consider, such as do you want a one, two ,three or more whole configuration. when you choose an undermount sink you can have any faucet configuration because the install applies to the countertop. many people like high arc spouts because this allows for better clearance for large pots and platters.

It is important to emphasize that certain projects may require professional and licensed personnel, such as plumbing and electrical installations.they’re trained to follow current bylaws and codes,and you need a permit for that kind of thing.(I think the biggest thing is people have a misconception that they save all kinds of money by doing things themselves.)

Light Fixtures

There are many ways to introduce natural and artificial light into your kitchen, daylight is a tremendous asset to kitchen,there wasn’t a window planned in the initial kitchen design over the sink? But when you know the builder and you ask the question early enough, everything is possible, depending on the size of your space you may want a mix of fixtures such as recessed lights pendants and even strip lights under the cabinets.

Probably one of the biggest things to consider is using LED lighting, not only is it saving you energy and saving on your hydro bills ,but also lasts for a long time.

Recessed lights are unobtrusive and fit any design scheme where as suspended lighting should complement the look of the room.hang them 30 to 36 inches above a tabletop, it’s also nice to have everything on dimmers as well, so if you entertain are you want to dine you don’t have to have bright lights on all the time.

For the under cabinet lighting we use this LED strip lighting, it’s very versatile you can cut it right to length, so you can get the exact length you need, and it’s like a piece of tape ,you just peel off the back and stick it in place. there’s many different spots you can put it, whether it’s at the front of the under cabinet or the back to show up the tile.

Appliances

Lighting isn’t the only electrical consideration for kitchen, we wanted to have appliances plugged in within the pantries and to be compliant, we needed the ability to have the power to be turned off when the doors are closed, be sure to consult a licensed electrician if your kitchen requires any type of specialized wiring.

Appliances these days come with more and more convenient features, you can customize them to suit your cooking style mix and match fuels and save energy. Slide-in ranges give a custom built look and having no back panel , showcases your backsplash.

In a kitchen is very important to have ventilation above the stove, the most important thing is to make sure you have it at least the width of your stove, the other thing when setting the height requirement anywhere between 24 and 30 inches is recommended.

Range hoods are rated by the amount of air that they can move in cubic feet per minute or CFM, to calculate what we need ,we take the total heat output of all the gas burners and divide by 100,in our case that means a minimum of 401 CFM, our fan is more than sufficient at 500 CFM.

If appliances are the right depth the right scale and sensibly located, they’ll blend in nicely into the design of the room.

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