September 15, 2017
Maryland Kitchen Appliance Installation
As a part of our kitchen remodeling process at Bath Doctor, we install all kitchen appliances in your Maryland kitchen. We want to make sure that your kitchen is 100% ready for use before we leave, and it wouldn’t be complete without appliances. When it comes to kitchen appliance installation, it’s crucial to plan the layout early in the design stage. The measurements of your new appliances also need to be taken accurately in order to avoid unsightly gaps in the cabinetry. Below are a few recommendations from our Maryland kitchen remodeling experts to help you with kitchen appliance layout.
The Kitchen Triangle
Even if you haven’t heard this kitchen design term before, you are well familiar with a “kitchen triangle.” The points of the triangle are your key kitchen appliances: the fridge, the stove and the sink. These are the three locations you move between when you are preparing food. The idea is to allow 4-9 feet between the points of the triangle, depending on how spacious your kitchen is. Too small of a distance will make appliances difficult to use, and too large of a distance will have you running around more than necessary.
Avoid placing appliances directly in front of each other. Such placement may prevent both appliances from fully opening at the same time, such as in the case of a stove and a dishwasher. In addition to this issue, it will also be difficult for two people to work behind each other without getting in each other’s way.
When you are choosing a refrigerator, first consider the overall size of your kitchen. Refrigerators can be massive these days, and you want to make sure everything is in proportion. There are four basic models you should explore. All of them are great, and the selection is mostly a matter of personal preference:
- Side-by-side refrigerator and freezer
- Top-mount freezer
- Bottom door or drawer freezer
- Bottom drawer freezer with a french-door fridge
When it comes to choosing a spot for your fridge, make sure you have enough room for the doors to fully open without getting in the way. For example, placing a fridge behind a breakfast bar is a bad idea, because when someone is sitting at the bar, the fridge becomes blocked. It’s advisable to place a fridge on the outskirts of the kitchen, so that if someone has to grab a drink while you are cooking, they won’t be intruding into your work space.
A bonus tip: plan for counter space next to the fridge. You want a close-by surface to place food as you take it out.
Sink and Dishwasher Placement
The sink is often the first item that gets secured in a kitchen layout, because it’s traditionally installed in front of a window. The idea is that it’s nice to be looking outside (versus staring at the wall) as you are doing the dishes. However, if you have a dishwasher, you won’t be spending that much time at the sink, and it doesn’t have to face the window. A sink can be located on an island to provide more counter space along the walls. Make sure the dishwasher is next to the sink and also close to the garbage can. You’ll be shifting a lot between these three items, often with something nasty on your hands.
Modern-day homeowners have a variety of options when it comes to stove placement. You can have an all-in-one cooking range with an oven, or you can install a split cooktop and wall oven combo. The layout you choose will depend on how much you use each appliance, how much space you have in the kitchen, as well as your cooking preferences.
A traditional cooking range is neat and compact and works great in smaller kitchens. However, depending on your kitchen layout, a separate cooktop may work even better for you, offering extra cabinet storage where you need it. And instead of having just one oven included with your range, you can have two wall ovens that can be stacked. This makes it easier for several cooks to work on several meals at the same time.
Need help planning appliance placement in your new kitchen? Contact us today for professional kitchen design and remodeling services in Maryland.