Things You May Want to Avoid When Planning Your New Kitchen

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Trends come and go, but there are several kitchen design pitfalls you may want to avoid in the planning phase. Avoiding these common focus areas will ensure you are one step closer to your dream kitchen remodel. Continue reading to learn about some things you may want to avoid when planning your new kitchen!

Things you may want to avoid when planning your new kitchen


You have probably heard of the design triangle or work triangle. While this is still somewhat relevant, kitchen designers of today are often using Kitchen Zone Methodology when planning. These five zones include your Combustibles Zone, Non-Consumables Zone, Cleaning Zone, Preparation Zone, and Cooking Zone.

The key element is to not put too much pressure on solving your design layout challenge, as your kitchen designer can help you out with this. Solving the space is what a kitchen designer does best, so don’t stress out about where everything will go and how it will fit.


Before you meet with your kitchen designer, it is recommended that you have an idea of a comfortable budget allocated for cabinets and countertops. Another important step, if required, is to ensure you have financial approval beforehand as well. There are many factors that go into the price of your kitchen (for more info read What is the average cost of a kitchen remodel/renovation?), so having a budget allocated will help your cabinet designer remain on track and fiscally responsible with your investment. While most kitchen designers can help you with this establishing a budget, it is always recommended to have a rough idea of what you are comfortable spending on cabinets and countertops for your dream kitchen.


This does happen from time to time in small kitchens. A client will want to fit a built-in cooktop and tall wall oven cabinet in a small kitchen. Your designer will do their best to try to achieve this, however, the size of the space and desired appliances will dictate if this can happen. They are also mindful of fire code regulations, which may also prohibit your space from getting built-in appliances, due to required clearances. It is recommended to come with a vision and your appliance specs and dimensions, then from there, your designer can quickly tell you if this is possible or not.


Well-planned kitchens often have every storage item accounted for in the planning phase, however overthinking the integration of certain specific items can cost you valuable time. Take, for example, a large water cooler or telephone landline. If these are requirements for the rejuvenated space, let your cabinet designer help you determine the best place for them. Your designer will get the layout established and these items will easily and naturally fall into place, so don’t stress.


Less is more is one of the best-kept secrets of kitchen design and space planning. At a minimum, 36” is the general clearance distance between items such as countertops, openings, islands, and walls. Allowing adequate space for walking and appliance opening/swinging is often an overlooked detail. Every extra inch you can add for main walkways is well worth it, so don’t be afraid to ask your kitchen designer for a few more inches of clearance.


It all comes down to working with professionals that can help you execute your vision. Kitchen Designers and Interior Designers have many Superpowers and are tuned to help you achieve your goals. If you would like to meet with a Superior Cabinets Kitchen Designer, click here to Book an Appointment. We have Kitchen and Bath Showrooms in Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, and Edmonton. Our designers are ready to meet with you and discuss your dream space.


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