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Top 6 Kitchen Plan Blunders You Don’t Want to Make

A lot happens in your kitchen — cooking, cleaning, eating, drinking, and socializing— making this the core of your home. That’s why the kitchen requires both beauty and functionality. Regardless of your kitchen design preference, function and layout are indispensable. Here are Luxury Home Solutions (LHS) top six blunders to avoid in order to attain both a useful and well-designed kitchen.

  1. Impeding the Kitchen Triangle – The kitchen triangle links the three main work areas in the kitchen; the sink, the range, and the refrigerator, this area has the greatest activity that requires careful planning and unhindered access. Of the three, the sink typically sees the most action; it should have easy access to the stove and refrigerator, as well as your countertop workstations. Regardless of your kitchen’s size or layout (L-shaped, galley, U-shaped or island), the sum of all the three sides of the triangle should be between 13 feet and 26 feet with the distance between these areas no less than 4 feet and no larger than 9 feet. If the work triangle is too tiny, people will be stumbling over each other; if it’s too big, food preparation could be a strenuous chore.
  2. Wasting Storage Space Kitchens normally hold lots of food and appliances. Not only that but items, such as food processors or pasta makers, are often oddly shaped and need a lot of space. One big design mistake is not including enough storage. Just about every kitchen has wasted space, but this can be reduced with adequate preparation and planning. If your kitchen is small, consider installing extra-long upper cabinets for further storage space. Always put cabinets in above the refrigerator; not utilizing this space is a waste of storage for big or seasonal items. Lastly, put in shelves on the back of the lower kitchen cabinets; this adds up to 4 square feet of storage.

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  1. Inadequate Counter Space – One of the biggest grievances about kitchen designs is the counter space deficiency. There are so many things that happen in your kitchen that need countertop space, as well as appliances that are permanently situated there, you want to fit as much counter space in as possible. This can be accomplished by adding an island or breakfast bar to your kitchen. You could even wall mount the microwave or put it below your countertop in a cabinet nook.
  2. Poor Lighting – The kitchen is one room where you can’t have poor lighting. It’s not only a matter of atmosphere, but also safety when it comes to working with sharp knives and additional kitchen tools. Use pendant lights or a series of mini-pendants to improve the beauty of your kitchen. Pendants look great above sinks, while a series of mini-pendants work well over breakfast bars or kitchen islands. Install under-cabinet lights to guarantee that the counters have the appropriate lighting for common kitchen tasks. If you have the space for a window put one in – natural light is the best source of light!

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  1. Selecting the Wrong Kitchen Island – When it comes to kitchen islands, we commonly think of extra storage, preparation and serving space in the kitchen. However, kitchen islands can waste a lot of space. Selecting the wrong island or putting it in the wrong spot can be a calamity, especially in a work area that can get very messy. Islands that impede the flow of the kitchen triangle and primary workplaces will create restricted access in the kitchen. An island ought to be at least 4 feet long and 2 feet deep, furthermore, it must have room for people to move and work around. Top home builders and remodelers say that unless your kitchen is at least 8 feet deep and 12 feet long, you shouldn’t even contemplate an island.
  2. Ignoring Your Recycling – As recycling has become more widespread, dealing with the trash in kitchen planning has gone further than placing a trash basket under the sink. Plan your kitchen to manage your trash and recycling efficiently — integrate sorting boxes for recyclables into your kitchen plan to make sure you are effectively using space and making it easy to recycle.

Use a professional home builder or remodeler to take on your kitchen design project; it could actually cost more money, time, and energy to do it yourself. The professionals at LHS have the latest designs and can help you identify your needs/wants and translate them into a well-organized design that fits your style and budget.

Contact us for your project by calling 239-728-2143 or fill out our project form to get a quote. LHS builds custom homes and remodels homes throughout the Southwest Florida area.

Building A More Eco-Friendly Home created by Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc

Eco-Friendly Home Building

Luxury Home Solutions (LHS) is a leader in Southwest Florida Home Building and we wanted to help you make the right decision in 2017 by choosing Eco-Friendly Home Building. A lot of people think being Eco-Friendly in your home means recycling and choosing the right light bulbs. There is so much more you can do during the process of your home build to have an Eco-Friendly house!

You can become more eco-friendly throughout the home building process by taking in consideration these factors:

  1. Home Plan & Orientation
  2. Building Exterior
  3. Water Efficiency
  4. HVAC
  5. Green Materials
  6. Renewable Energy
  7. Lighting

Please see the infographic by Donald A. Gardner Architects Inc. for a more detailed look into the key factors into Eco-Friendly Home Building. All of us at LHS hope you consider Eco-Friendly Homes this New Year. If you have any question about this or any of your home needs please feel free to call us at 239-728-2143.

Our team at LHS can help you create the ideal home to suit all your needs. LHS has been building luxury custom homes in Southwest Florida area for over 30 years. We are dedicated to working with you to create your perfect home. To start the process of building your custom home click here.

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Increase Your Home’s Value with a Remodel in 2017

First and foremost, Luxury Home Solutions would like to thank every one of our subcontractors and clients for the wonderful holiday cards and gifts! They are truly appreciated and LHS values our relationship with every one of you! Happy Holidays to you and yours from the entire LHS team! With the New Year approaching, LHS believes it is the right time to discuss why you should Increase your home’s value with a remodel in 2017!

Here are some of the best things to do in a home remodel to increase your home value:

  • Kitchen Remodels: There are times when a full kitchen remodels is required to increase the home value. However, there are other times when just getting new countertops and appliances will significantly increase your home value. Consult a contractor like LHS to go through your kitchen to see what still has quality and what should be replaced. Completing a kitchen remodel correctly can provide a top return on investment for your home value.
  • Additions: May it be as simple as adding another bathroom or more complicated like adding a complete master suite. This kind of addition significantly improves home value. Adding on living square footage is the second best return for your money when it comes to home value. Just make sure that your addition to your home adds what your home was missing.
  • Bathroom Remodels: Everyone needs a nice bathroom and these are always looked at right after the kitchen. Improve your bathrooms with new fixtures, tile, paint, and lighting; you will see a significant return on your money. Bathroom remodels are always on the top three for the return of money in terms of home value.
  • Generators: If you do not have a home generator, then get one, it is a top returner of money for your home value. Especially in Florida, during hurricane season, having a home generator it has become more of a need than a want. Protect your home and improve its value in one easy decision.
  • Outdoor living space: In Florida, we are known for our great weather and beaches, so make sure you capitalize on this to improve your home value. Outdoor living spaces may it be as simple as adding a deck or patio or a little more like an outdoor kitchen and pool, these improvements to your home are generating more money for home value with each passing year.

Improve your home the way you want to enjoy it and in return increase your home value! It is as simple as picking up the phone and calling LHS, 239-728-2143, so why not make the right decision for your home? 2017 will be a great year and we hope to help you by improving your home. To get more information on home remodels please click here!

LHS hopes you all have a joyous Holiday and prosperous New Year!