Posts Tagged 'good kitchen design'

Is It Really Better To Look Good Than To Live Good?

Maybe you remember him, maybe you don’t – Fernando Lamas. Brought to life on Saturday Night Live by comedian Billy Crystal, his token phrase was “You look mahvelous… it’s better to look good than feel good.

What do you do when it comes to remodeling or redesigning your kitchen? In this digital age of television and the World Wide Web, we are constantly reminded of the kitchen being the gathering place in the home. Think of how many kitchens you’ve seen on TV, in magazines or in online ads or DIY (do it yourself) websites and segments. Have you ever found yourself thinking, “Wow! I would love to have that kitchen,” because you fell in love with the look of it?

To go back to Fernando’s slogan, let the question be this: is it really better to look good than to live good? In the case of kitchen design, we can equate this concept to beauty versus function.

  • Will having a beautiful kitchen always allow you to live good?
  • Would you rather have a beautiful kitchen that forfeits some functionality and may be potentially hazardous to live with?

There are lots of design concepts that can balance both beauty and function, but others can be down-right dangerous.

Paul McAlary, kitchen industry professional, describes different scenarios and accidents waiting to happen in his article, Death by Kitchen Design. Read his post on the daily5remodel.com blog and educate yourself on potential kitchen dangers before you delve into your own remodeling project.

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Brandy Souza: “The Work Triangle”

Brandy Souza - Kitchen Views Designer

Brandy Souza – Kitchen Views Designer

Brandy Souza is this week’s featured Kitchen Views designer. You can view her portfolio here and her last blog post here.

“The Work Triangle” by Brandy Souza

Kitchens can usually be categorized by the above layouts. The L-Shape, the U-Shape and the Galley are the general layouts of kitchen spaces. The triangle describes the total measurement between the fridge, stove and sink. With the addition of many new appliances in some kitchens, that triangle now may represent the appliances you most use.

Other triangles to consider:  What’s the triangle from the TV to the refrigerator to the microwave and can you navigate to get beer and make popcorn during an NFL commercial? Or the veggie fridge to the prep sink to the steamer. Maybe two triangles are needed for two cooks – one for prep and cleanup and the other for cooking. The work triangle can include the most used appliances or workspace that the homeowner uses.

Whatever your kitchen planning needs, Kitchen Views can be there for you every step of the way!

Brandy L. Souza
Assistant General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd, New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com


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