Hi Fellow Baby Boomers!
In the last blog post, I talked about Aging in Place – Resort Style ENTRANCES where I discussed The ‘8’ AGE in PLACE – RESORT STYLE Features:
- High curb appeal exterior design
- Easy care driveway (non-slip stamped concrete, exposed aggregate, brick) with turn around
- Remote door opener in garage with no post divider
- Low maintenance Exterior including stucco, brick, stone or smart board siding (no paint)
- Easy sight line into home for security
- Security System or ‘motion lights’ – crooks don’t like bright lights or dogs 🙂
- Low maintenance yard with underground sprinkler system
- No threshold entrance with built-in gentle slope that acts as a ramp
This week we are going ‘inside’ to the ‘Heart of the Home’ the KITCHEN.
Let’s start with the ‘Work Triangle’:
- No leg of the triangle should be less than 4 feet (1.2 m) or more than 9 feet (2.7 m).
- The sum of all three sides of the triangle should be between 13 feet (4.0 m) and 26 feet (7.9 m).
- Cabinets or other obstacles should not intersect any leg of the triangle by more than 12 inches (30 cm).
- If possible, there should be no major traffic flow through the triangle.
- A full-height obstacle, such as a tall cabinet, should not come between any two points of the triangle.
Besides the work triangle itself, there are several rules of thumb to consider when planning a kitchen:
- As measured between countertops and cabinets or appliances, work aisles should be no less than 42 inches (110 cm) for one cook, or 48 inches (120 cm) for multiple cooks.
- A sink should have a clear counter area of at least 24 inches (61 cm) on one side, and at least 18 inches (46 cm) on the other side.
- At least 36 inches (91 cm) of food preparation area should be located next to the sink.
- A refrigerator should have a clear counter area of at least 15 inches (38 cm) on the handle side, or the same on either side of a side-by-side refrigerator; or the same area on a counter no more than 48 inches (120 cm) across from the refrigerator.
- A stove or cooktop should have a clear 15 inches (38 cm) area on one side, and at least 12 inches (30 cm) on the other side.
- In a seating area where no traffic passes behind the diner, allow 32 inches (81 cm) from the wall to the edge of the table or counter; if traffic passes behind the diner, allow 44 inches (110 cm).
Part 1 of 4: APPLIANCES & PLUMBING:
With all my clients looking to renovate or build new I have them choose their appliances and plumbing first. This is the types of appliances both major > fridge, freezer, range, ovens, dishwasher; to the smaller but still costly ones such as microwaves, espresso machines etc. that you want, need and can afford in your Kitchen. This is your biggest cost and can make or break your budget.
- Stove – $500 – $6000.00
- Hood Fans – $250 – $6000.00
- Ovens – $250 – $4000.00
- Fridge – $500 – $40,000.00
- Freezer – $500 – $30,000.00
- Dishwasher – $450 – $3000.00
Consider the following 4 of 8 things when choosing your cooking appliance:
- How much space do you have and what is your budget range?
- Who is the main cook in the family?
- What type of food do you cook and how frequently?
- Do you need a separate oven, double ovens or an all in one style?
Look for the following 4 of 8 items when selecting your Fridge / Freezer:
- How much space do you have – width (24, 30, 33, 36, 42, 48”) and depth (full or counter)?
- What is your budget range?
- What type of refrigerator do you like – full fridge; freezer top or bottom; side by side; French door; door within the door; water and ice machine (inside or outside) remember cubic feet of storage gets eaten up when you have an icemaker.
- How much fresh food (fruits, vegetables, dairy) do you store in the fridge?
- Dishwasher – $450 – $3000.00
- Sink (Main) – $200 – 3000.00
- Bar Sink – $100 – $1000.00
- Faucet (Main)- $250 – 700.00
- Faucet (Hot / Cold) – $500 – $1500
- Cooktop pasta faucet – $200 – $2200
Look for the following 4 of 8 items when selecting your Dishwasher and Plumbing fixtures:
- Do you have an open floor plan – select a quiet dishwasher?
- Do you like to easily access the controls or prefer them hidden?
- Do you want a dishwasher that blends into the cabinetry (panel ready – limited items)?
- Do you want a full dishwasher or the new ‘drawer style’ dishwasher?
- Consider how you use your sink – pots, pans, and roasters require a large sink. I suggest a ‘smart divide’ or ‘low divide’ sink be able to easily wash and rinse all items.
As with any and all items you may purchase research is key. Check out websites that rate appliances for you like http://www.reviews.com/