A Kitchen Design Questionnaire

"These questions are designed to help you start thinking creatively about how you use your existing kitchen and how you'd like to use your new kitchen. The answers will help you set some guidelines for many of the decisions you'll make as you go through the design process. Be realistic while answering the questions, and be sure to get input from everyone in your household who uses the kitchen." (from http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=1561583197/thesoundhomeresoA/">Kitchens that Work)

Questions George's Tips
What is the primary use of your kitchen? In our home, the kitchen is the center of the house. That works great for us, but it may not be your idea of a kitchen.
What major change would you make to the space in your kitchen (larger, smaller, shape, traffic flow, etc.)? Since the kitchen is the center of our house, it needed to be open to many other areas and be one of the lightest rooms in the house. This design makes our kitchen the primary circulation space, not a good idea if you like people to stay out of your kitchen.
What percentage of each day do you and/or your family spend in the kitchen? The actual percentage may be small, the importance of that time to you and your family might be great.
How often do you cook? Be honest! habits are very hard to break.
How many people will be cooking and/or working in the kitchen at the same time? I like to cook by myself or with the help of one or two people, I love to have a bunch of friends in the kitchen (on the other side of the counter/peninsula) munching on food and drinking wine.
How many people do you typically entertain at one time? Also, what kind of entertainment do you like? formal/informal? sit-down/buffet?
What is the most elaborate meal that you've ever cooked? How did that work out? Are you likely to try that again? How often?
What is the most elaborate meal you can imagine yourself cooking? Would that be fun? or just something you have to do? (if it's the latter, remember that restaurants are not as expensive as a rarely used new kitchen).
What is the single worst thing about your present kitchen? I hated my old "primary" work area, it was too small, I added one foot of counter space, it's great now - I don't need more.
What would you change about each of the following:
Floor? The 1965 Vinyl was in great shape, but it was ugly!
Lighting? I love those under cabinet lights. By lighting up the whole counter they add useful work room.
Storage? Full extension drawer glides add about 40% to the useful space in the drawer. Very deep cabinet tend hide the items at the back of the shelves Avoid storing stuff on the counter top
Appliances? If you like to cook, don't skimp on the stove. I did, I wish it would break and then I would have the excuse to get a good one.
Traffic flow? My cooking area is out of the traffic, the rest of the kitchen is open to all!
How hard are you and your family on your kitchen (wear and tear)? For example: if you have always wanted hardwood floors in your kitchen, wait until the kids have learned not to spill juice on the floor.
What would you like to show off in the new kitchen? And, if it's art work or an antique, how will you protect it?
How much money can you spend? If you are on a tight budget, make sure that you take this planning process very seriously! The better the plan the easier it will be to keep costs under control.
If you had to pick a single luxury item for the kitchen, what would it be? This could be an appliance, a surface material selection, a window or skylight or even the employment of an interior decorator to help select colors and surfaces.

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