A kitchen can be the heart of a home and it is many a homeowner’s dream to be able to design their own kitchen. There are certain designing a kitchen considerations that should be taken into account in order to achieve the kitchen of your dreams.

First, it’s important to take accurate measurements of the space to be transformed into a kitchen, then do a rough sketch on paper to determine where you want to position the key appliances and design features.

The oven/stove/range, sink and refrigerator are the three main appliances which should be placed in a triangular work space, ideally no less than 4 feet to 9 feet apart from each other for the most convenience when working in the kitchen. Adjacent counter tops in this work area should contain at least three square feet of work space. Appliances placed in the work space should be recessed as often as possible to eliminate any problems with work flow, and a work aisle should be at least 3 1/2 feet deep to accommodate one individual or up to 4 feet wide to accommodate two people working in the kitchen.

There are several styles of kitchen design to consider. One is the single aisle design in which the oven/range, sink and refrigerator are situated along one wall with the sink in the middle and counter/work space located on either side of the sink.

Another popular design style is the galley style kitchen in which two work areas parallel one another. The U-shaped kitchen is a good design consideration to accommodate families who spend a lot of time working together in the kitchen. And the L-shaped kitchen design allows for optimum traffic flow between its two walls. If you have the luxury of plenty of space to design a new kitchen, consider an island design where traffic flows around a centrally situated work station.

Other considerations when developing a kitchen design plan include whether or not meals will be eaten in the kitchen, are there special amenities such as wine storage or window sill gardening that needs to be accommodated in the kitchen space, and are there other appliances beyond the traditional sink, refrigerator and oven/stove/range that are required such as a dishwasher or microwave which can be built into the existing space.