Kitchen de­sign trends for cab­ins

Tips for out­fit­ting the cen­ter of your home.

Cabin Living - - Kitchen Design Guide -

With the kitchen be­ing one of the most im­por­tant rooms in the house, you want it to look good, func­tion well and last for years and years. This spe­cial in­sert will give you more in­for­ma­tion on some of the big ticket items (cab­i­nets and ap­pli­ances) and the de­tails (light­ing and stor­age) that will make your cabin’s kitchen a de­light­ful space.

Af­ter read­ing through this sec­tion, take the time to set a re­al­is­tic bud­get for your kitchen. How much you plan to spend may de­pend on how of­ten you’ll use your place: Will it be a va­ca­tion cabin that you only visit a few weeks ev­ery year? If so, you might set a slightly lower bud­get than for a kitchen that will en­dure daily wear and tear. One rule of thumb says a new kitchen shouldn’t cost more than 20 per­cent of the value of the home.

Con­sider vis­it­ing a kitchen de­sign cen­ter to get a first­hand look at as many of your op­tions as pos­si­ble. If your cabin will be log con­struc­tion, take into ac­count the fin­ish on your in­te­rior logs when choos­ing cab­i­netry.

Talk with your designer about the kitchen’s work tri­an­gle: the path be­tween sink, stove/mi­crowave and re­frig­er­a­tor. The sink should have easy ac­cess to the stove, re­frig­er­a­tor and coun­ter­top space. What­ever lay­out you choose, be sure that your work tri- an­gle isn’t too large to be ef­fi­cient or so small that it won’t fit more than one per­son.

Most im­por­tant, have fun dreaming about your cabin kitchen— it’s sure to be a place where you’ll gather with friends and fam­ily and make many fond mem­o­ries.

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