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Common Kitchen Layouts
Deciding on a layout for a kitchen is probably the most important part of kitchen design. It's the layout of the kitchen—and not its color or its style—that determines how easy it is to cook, eat and socialize in the kitchen. At the basic level, the layout addresses the placement of the appliances, the sink(s), the cabinets, the counters, the windows, and  furniture such as a kitchen table and chairs.
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Cooking And Cleaning Zones
Cooking Always a hot place to be, the cooking zone is where fire enters the picture. Centered around the range or cooktop, this is the spot where stir-frys, spaghetti, and sauces sizzle. You may want to keep your microwave and toaster oven here as well. Include: Deep drawers for pans…
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Prep and Baking Zones
Food Prep This is where it all begins: in the food prep zone, you slice and dice your way toward dinner. If your kitchen is spacious enough to accommodate an island, the food prep zone would be well-placed there. It's helpful to include a second sink for rinsing fruits and…
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Design Questionnaire
Designing your kitchen requires not only deciding on décor and colors but also creating a space plan and choosing products that will allow your kitchen to function the way that best suits you. Answering these questions will help you to determine your needs and to consider possibilities you might not…
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