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When you have outgrown your current kitchen layout, it’s time to design the kitchen you want now.

Dust off your creativity to come up with a kitchen design that is as unique as you are. Some people flock to kitchen magazines to find inspiration while others visit Pinterest to see what other homeowners have opted to create.

Begin your design process with these 7 tips:

  1. Take inventory of your space allotted for the kitchen. Can you remove walls? Do you want a U-shaped, L-shaped, or galley layout? What appliances must you have in the kitchen? Appliances will dictate how to integrate custom cabinetry.
  2. Observe your habits in the morning and the evening. Do you make coffee and toast to start your day or do you put together a protein shake? Are you the master of the microwave oven or do you relish making meals from scratch?
  3. Add triangles with groupings of activities. The triangle of the refrigerator, the stove, and the sink has dominated kitchen design since the 1940’s. It may make more sense for you to have an area for making coffee in a corner or putting snacks in a pantry away from the hustle and bustle of food preparation.
  4. Plan the flow of friends socializing and children walking in your workspace. Allow space for people to chat with you without being in the pathway to your trashcan or recycle bin.
  5. Shed some light on your key food preparation areas with pendant lights instead of can lights. The last thing you want to do is hurt yourself because you couldn’t see while you were chopping vegetables. Add lights under cabinets as well.
  6. Use drawers and cabinets to store your kitchen tools you already have. Use cabinets for vertical storage like trays and cookie sheets. Use fully extendable drawers for items you want to store below your countertop.
  7. Pick your finishes wisely with this free design tool from Kol Marble and Granite to play with finishes on your countertops, backsplashes and cabinets. You know what colors and finishes you like.

Contact Kol Marble and Granite in Cherry Hill, NJ for a complimentary consultation for your custom countertop design. The experts at Kol Marble and Granite work with professional kitchen designers as well as novices. We are competitive and competent.