Kitchen Cabinet Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

October 28, 2012

Investing in Functionality of Kitchen

Kitchen Cabinet Kuala Lumpur

Kitchen cabinets, storage, and decorative enhancements are not only a purchase, but an investment that will pay dividends every day for you and your family as you use and enjoy the kitchen space created.

When making a significant kitchen design, it all comes down to determining what you need versus what you want. Selection of wood species, door styles, finish techniques, kitchen storage solutions and decorative enhancements – all at varying price points,  we need to mix and match the things you want with the things you need and have it all add up to the perfect room for your lifestyle at a price that works for you. All this is not a easy works.

The kitchen is the most expensive room in the house to equip and, if done well, is the room that most often helps sell a house at the asking price. When planning your kitchen renovation, keep in mind that a good portion of the cost of installing a new kitchen can be recovered when the home is sold – it’s an investment in your home’s equity. Even in today’s economy, research shows that returns of 70-120% of the kitchen investment are being realized at the point of project completion.

Budget Of Kitchen Renovation in Kuala Lumpur

Most homeowners have an idea at the outset of how much they want to spend. However, deciding how to allocate those dollars can be confusing, especially with all of the options that are available.

A recent national survey conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (USA) offers a guideline for allocating your construction budget. They found that, on average, consumers working with a kitchen designer spent:

  • 48% on kitchen cabinet
  • 18% on countertops
  • 15% on appliances
  • 6% on faucets/sinks/plumbing
  • 5% on lighting/electrical
  • 5% on flooring
  • 3% on wall treatment/molding/trim

When creating a budget, keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • Educate yourself on the average cost of a remodel. A rule of thumb is to not let your kitchen remodeling budget exceed 15% of your home’s fair market value.
  • Plan your budget for a 10% overage in case there are unexpected expenses that occur.
  • To avoid incorrect cabinetry measurements, talk with your designer about any major appliances you want to purchase before you finalize the kitchen design, since they will impact the overall measurement of the room.
  • Work with your kitchen designer to understand the cost differences between the various types of material, door styles and finish techniques. Determine the aspects of your cabinetry selection and kitchen design that are non-negotiable.
  • To scale back financially, ask yourself if all chosen features are necessary. However, bear in mind that what you might not miss now could be an essential feature months or years later. Avoid future disappointment by including as much functionality as possible early in the design process. This is especially true of kitchen storage solutions (kitchen cabinet) that need to be put in place when the cabinetry is being installed.
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Remodeling Your Kitchen on a Budget

November 29, 2010

Budget Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

It is easy to look at magazines featuring amazing kitchens and dream of having one just like it. It’s not quite that easy though and the problem most people have is money.

The phrase ‘kitchen remodeling’ might be synonymous with ‘very expensive’ but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few great ways to ensure your new kitchen designs can be within your budget.

The first thing to do is to think about your floor plan. You might want to have an island fitted in the centre of the kitchen or change the layout in another way.

One option which can increase the space of your house without having to have an extension is to take down an exterior wall. This will probably lead to changing two rooms in your house and can increase the property price too.

What about a gallery kitchen? These kitchens aren’t as pokey as you might imagine. You can always attach your kitchen to the dining room to make a special living space which is roomy and comfortable.

If you want a hassle free way of just putting something down and having done with it, what about an island? Islands are simple to fit and they don’t have to match the rest of the kitchen.

Easy Kitchen Planning and Remodeling

You only get one chance to plan your new kitchen so take your time. It is important to understand the different aspects of your new kitchen’s design.

Kitchen Work Triangle

The kitchen work triangle of the kitchen is an imaginary line drawn from the centre of the fridge to the centre of the sink to the centre of the stove and back to the fridge again. The triangle should be a maximum of 26 feet and no single leg of the triangle should be shorter than 4 feet or longer than 9 feet. The work triangle should not intersect an island by more than 12 inches.

If you have only one sink, it should be between or opposite the refrigerator, cooking surface or preparation area. This is so you won’t waste steps, be interrupted by foot traffic or be cramped.

Some people feel that the work triangle is too restraining for some kitchens. If there is going to be more than one person cooking, an L shaped kitchen design might work better.

Kitchen Countertop Heights

You should have 2 heights of kitchen countertop, one between 28 and 36 inches from the floor and one 36 to 45 inches from the floor. This makes the kitchen better for cooks of different heights, cooks who might want to sit down and bakers who want to knead dough at a lower, more comfortable height.

Make sure no appliance, entry or cabinet blocks anything when opened. If you have an island cabinet, nothing should hit it when opened. Between 42 and 48 inches is a good minimum planning distance between cabinets.

Kitchen Accessories

You should include at least 5 storage or organizing items. Maybe include pull-out shelves, tall cabinets, raised base cabinets, storagebins, pull-out pantries, roll-out bins and lowered wall cabinets.

Windows and Skylights

These should equal a minimum of 10% of the total square footage of the living space including the kitchen or the kitchen itself.

Kitchen Cabinet Design