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Kitchen Design Blunders

Any good kitchen designer is going to do his or her best to create a design that pleases the customer aesthetically and at the same time provides for a kitchen that is functional and efficient. Sometimes, however, balancing the two can lead to mistakes which, in the end can be very costly to the consumer. Some design flaws are worse than others, but any of the following have the potential for disaster.

  • Having a wall cabinet, appliance garage, or spice pull out too close to the cook top. When dealing with high BTU burners in such proximity, genuine fire hazards can be created. This is high on the list of things to look out for because of the dangerous situation it can create.
  • Having a range too close to a window. Building codes typically specify that a range be at least 12 inches away from a window, and there are a number of reasons for this. Flames on a stove can jump to curtains on windows, especially curtains in motion from a breeze. A breeze can also be dangerous if it blows out the flame on a gas burner. An accumulation of gas has the potential for an explosion. This is one of the most common design mistakes made.
  • Having a cooktop on the end of a run. Here, we can have handles of pots and pans extending out into space, easily flipped by a homeowner, or, even worse, a child.
  • Having wall cabinets extending out with no countertop underneath. Typically, this will be the result of a customer demand, from a need for more storage. Cabinets can be put into places where someone leaning or bending over can accidentally stand up and fracture their skull.
  • Having cabinets with moldings close, but not reach the ceiling completely. This can create spaces that are impossible to clean, and a collecting point for dust, dead skin, dust mites, and other unhealthy materials. Typical rule of thumb is if you get three inches or less from the ceiling, you have to go all the way.

 

There are important reasons you need a designer you can trust, and an NKBA Certified Kitchen Designer has extensive experience and has undergone rigorous testing to ensure that such a certification will help you avoid dangerous mistakes like the ones listed above. Find your perfect designer at www.nkbaga.org.

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