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Feb-19-13

How Much Does Kitchen Design Cost?

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Is your kitchen looking weary and worn? A new kitchen can revitalise the look and feel of your home and make it a much more functional space. The question is – how much does a new kitchen design cost? Find out the answers in this handy article.

Kitchen Design 101

Before building your kitchen, you’ll need to decide upon a design. There are myriad designs to choose from – minimalist, French country, Tuscan, art deco, rustic…the list goes on. If you’re in need of inspiration, you can browse images in our photo section for kitchen design ideas. 

Another design consideration is the kitchen layout. U-shape, L-shape and galley kitchens are the most common, and each possesses its benefits and drawbacks. Our article Kitchen Design Layout features some good tips for choosing a kitchen layout.

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The Costs of Designing a Kitchen

The question of how much a kitchen design costs is similar to ‘how long is a piece of string’? This is because the kitchen design cost depends on the designer’s fees, your location and the kitchen you want designed.

Generally, however, the cost depends on whether you choose a ready-made kitchen or a customised kitchen.

A ready-made kitchen will tend to be less expensive than a customised variety. This is because the kitchen has already been designed (and often built) and – save for a few tweaks – can be installed into your space as is.

On the other hand, a customised kitchen will be created to your specific requirements. The colour, style, layout, carcass, cabinets, accessories and materials can all be designed to help you create your dream kitchen. Obviously this will take time to design, and as such will cost much more than a ready-made kitchen. While the cost of hiring a kitchen designer will add extra dollars to your budget, it can be worth it to ensure you receive the ideal kitchen for your space and preferences.

It is difficult to calculate the cost of your kitchen design, since the designer will need to assess the space and requirements. If you want a more unique or contemporary style, the quote is likely to be higher.

As a general guide, you can expend to spend a few thousand dollars for a kitchen design.

Comparing Kitchen Design Quotes

Since it’s difficult to estimate the cost of a new kitchen design, the best thing to do is contact kitchen designers to get quotes. With our free Get Quotes service, all you need to do is outline your project and designers will reply to you with their estimates.

Ensure you find out what is included in the quote, and what it will cost to weak or deviate from the original design. Some designers offer additional services, so check if this is included in the quote.

You’re then one step closer to creating your dream kitchen!

Oct-9-12

KBC Kitchen Design

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KBC Kitchen Design:

A well designed KBC kitchen should help your family adhere to Jewish dietary laws with comfort, elegance and style. Unfortunately, all too often “KBC kitchen design” is little more than dividing different sets of utensils, pots and pans.

While our approach to designing a KBC kitchen varies only subtly from our normal process, there are some unique challenges and potential pitfalls to be recognized. Our experience designing over 200 KBC kitchens throughout Chicago including Highland Park, Deerfield, Skokie, Peterson Park, and Lincolnwood helps us to ask the right questions, have access to specialized vendors, and to employ unique solutions that will ultimately meet your unique needs.

For example, a number of manufacturers are producing appliances that have a “Sabbath Mode” to use during the Sabbath and on Yom Tov. Ovens with a Sabbath feature allow a meal to be started prior to the Sabbath for consumption the next day without worry of the oven shutting itself off after 12 hours. The choice of counter surfaces can also be tricky. Granite and marble can be koshered depending on the sealant used, while some rabbinical authorities believe that composites that contain granite cannot be kashered.

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Jul-30-10

Luxurious Kitchens from KBC

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Luxurious Kitchens from KBC

At par with company’s like Alessi and Gucci and boasting of being one of the first companies to introduce the concept of modular kitchens, Pedini has been in business since 1956 and flourishing. It stands in line with the style kings and is constantly bringing something new to the table.

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With its five core kitchen collections namely Dune, Artika, Integra, Outline and Q2 Pedini is known for its signature ‘curve’ style. The company is infact one of the few that produces kitchen designs working on convex and concave lines.

Customizing kitchens as per the space and lifestyle of the client, aesthetic value and the running capacity of the space, instilling innovative ideas while designing ever nook and corner of the kitchen are some of the things you can expect when getting your kitchens done from these guys. Pedini also indulges is making your kitchen eco-friendly.

If you are the kind that lives, eats and cooks in style then Pedini has the right kitchen solutions for you.

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Jul-30-10

Stainless Steel Kitchen Designs

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Remember our series on kitchens where we covered designs in brown, red, orange, yellow, green and black & white hues? Well, we are back but this time the focus is on material than color. In this post we feature a set of inspirational stainless steel kitchens from some of the top kitchen makers from around the world.

A stainless kitchen offers immense flexibility to the user. The surfaces are specially treated for easy maintenance, corrosion resistance and no drip edges. A variety of designs can be arranged due to flexible counter tops and islands. The oven cabinets are integrated in the wall unit.

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All components are designed to be functional; there is lot of combinations possible to manage internal cabinet spaces. The drawers are separated in order to optimize efficiency. Stainless steel kitchens offer you unlimited flexibility, ease of organization, simple DIY assembly, possibility to expand and experiment with vivid surfaces. The tops are exclusively treated to mask finger prints, small scratches and marks.

Take a look at the images below to get better ideas about simple, durable yet unique looking kitchens.

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Jul-20-10

Italian kitchen design

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Italian kitchen design involves creating a work friendly environment that’s equally as welcoming as it is effective. Italian kitchens therefore shouldn’t compromise on style or functionality. Whether you’re creating a modern kitchen design or a country kitchen design, the same set of rules apply for Italian kitchens.

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Italian kitchens – style and functionality

A well crafted Italian kitchen design will be everything you’d expect from a nation synonymous with style – sleek surfaces and sharp features, built into a beautifully lit environment. Italian kitchen designs are immediately recognisable because of these features and it’s essential you stay true to them.

Contemporary Italian kitchens are primarily designed to be eye catching and ultra stylish, but that doesn’t mean they compromise on functionality and the basics of kitchen design. More traditional Italian kitchens have a rustic charm and are normally formed with warmer tones and materials but the same rules apply.

If you want a kitchen in your home based on the Italian principles of design, then it’s a good idea to start by thinking about what you use your kitchen for. By doing this you can determine the things you really need and start to eliminate the things you don’t.

Italian kitchen design is all about achieving tasteful lines so getting the right fittings is also essential. Therefore, it’s a good idea to consult with a number of companies to ensure you get the precise look you’re after.

By embracing these two simple ideas you can give yourself the best chance of achieving a bespoke, contemporary, Italian kitchen design.

We have more information on Italian kitchen design in the articles below and can also divert you to a number of the leading suppliers and manufacturers of Italian kitchens.

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Jul-12-10

Traditional Kitchen Ideas

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Kitchen with a Coffered Ceiling

 

This kitchen has it all: great color and materials (such as the marble backsplashes), many built-in details (such as the shapely hood over the cooktop), and a nice mix of cabinet styles. However, it’s the coffered ceiling that really caps the space, making it the heart of this traditional home. Overscale grid ceilings help define classic kitchens.

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Jul-12-10

Jackson Kitchen Designs

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Jackson Kitchen Designs offers a wide variety of leading brands to accommodate the style and budget of our customers.

  Cabinetry

  • Wood-Mode
  • Brookhaven
  • Cabico
  • Schrock
  • Merillat
Countertops

  • Quartz
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Wood
  • Caesarstone
  • Silestone
  • ComPac
  • Corian
  • Butcher Block
  • Wilsonart Laminate
We feature Wood-Mode Cabinets, the nation’s finest cabinetry. This is the brand rated “most recommended” in a national poll of the nation’s top 20,000 decorators, architects, and kitchen and bath professionals. As one of the nation’s top dealers, we have earned Wood-Mode’s Gold Star of Excellence and have featured their cabinetry for more than 40 years. Because of this performance, there are some kitchen cabinet designs so new that you can’t see them in any showroom anywhere else.

Jackson Kitchen Designs is a member of NKBA, the industry’s most respected organization.

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Jackson Kitchen Designs provides service to Southern NH, the Merrimack Valley, Greater Lowell and North Shore Area including such towns as No. Andover, Andover, Methuen, Boxford,
Georgetown, Middleton, North Reading, Reading, Haverhill, Bradford, Topsfield, Ipswich, Newbury, Newburyport, Hamilton, Wenham, and Marblehead.

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Jul-12-10

Our Kitchen Design Process

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Our Kitchen Design Process

Our Kitchen Design Process

The staff of KBC Kitchen Designs is available to share their creative ideas and professional expertise with you. To initiate the design process and create the home you desire, we recommend the following:

  • Tour our state-of-the-art kitchen design showroom to develop ideas about what types of kitchen cabinets, countertops, and fixtures suit your tastes, and arrange for a complimentary consultation with a designer at your home.

  • A designer will meet with you in your home to see the space, discuss your ideas & budget and offer suggestions for your kitchen design plans. Measurements will be taken at this time.

  • Meet with the designer at our kitchen design showroom where you will be presented with a preliminary first plan and budget.

  • When a final design plan is developed, a design portfolio will be prepared for your review, including floor plans, elevations, an appliance schedule, detailed cabinet selection information and a schedule of payments.

  • We place your order and arrange for delivery and/or installation.

We look forward to working with you from concept to completion.

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Jul-10-10

Fitted Kitchen Design Advice

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Fitted Kitchen Design Advice

If you’re planning a fitted kitchen design and aren’t completely sure about what to choose then here are some really useful things to keep in mind.

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Firstly, start by writing down what you want from your kitchen. For example, do you do a lot of cooking? If so, what appliances do you use the most and how would it most suit you to have things arranged? There’s no point having an excellent looking fitted kitchen if it doesn’t suit your needs.

Once you’ve decided the things you need in your ideal kitchen and where you’d like everything to be located you can then start to think about the theme. The theme will dictate what kind of fitted furniture you have installed. For instance if you go for a contemporary theme, then you’ll probably have more sleek finishes that create a very clean image. A country kitchen design on the other hand will be much more homely and employ wooden surfaces and cupboards.

By taking these things into consideration you’ll be in a much better position for when you eventually look around for your new kitchen. It also means that you won’t be easily persuaded by salespeople to accept the first suggestion they come up with.

Remember, a fitted kitchen design shouldn’t just be easy on the eye; it should also be functional and allow you to go about your day to day lives that little bit easier. It’s amazing just how many people get this wrong and end up with a kitchen that they never want to use because things haven’t been thought out properly. Doing your homework early on in a design can have a monumental effect on the success of your fitted kitchen.

Toby Beckett is a kitchen design guru who publishes his thoughts, opinions and advice on kitchen design at the KBC Kitchen Design Site.

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Jul-10-10

Understanding the Basics of Kitchen Design

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For most people, kitchen design is all about updating the appliances and cabinetry in the kitchen. But for me, it is all about getting down to the drawing board and creating a new layout altogether. The entire flow of the kitchen should change when you remodel it.
The focus should be to improvise on the functionality while keeping the aesthetic part in mind. There are some really old tried and tested kitchen design plans that work. You should choose one from amongst these based on the size and shape of your kitchen.
For long and narrow kitchens
If you have a long and narrow kitchen then you might want to opt for the one wall kitchen design. This is one of the most effective and inexpensive designs. Unlike the kitchen triangle, which is a very popular design this one has a linear design. It paves way for smooth functioning and flow of work in the kitchen.
But if you want to maximize the storage space, then this is not the very best design. You might have to use the L shaped design plans along with this one.
The classic triangle
The classic triangle is undoubtedly one of the most famous kitchen designs to have been ever invented. A triangle is formed with the sink, the oven/stove and the refrigerator at each ends. The distance between these three is maintained at optimum levels. Several designs like the corridor design use the classic kitchen triangle to maximize its effectiveness. It brings in more storage space into the kitchen.
The L shaped design
The L shaped design is perfect for large kitchens that always seem crowded. It does away with the storage woes completely and the most important part is that it still uses the classic kitchen triangle.

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