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  • Try to keep the straight-line distance between the sink, fridge, and cooktop between 12 and 23 feet. 

  • Position the sink between the other two appliances, since it’s used most often. (The sink’s location may depend on pre-existing plumbing lines.) 

  • Allow for 36 inches of counterspace to the right and 30 inches to the left of the range and sink if at all possible; if not, allow a minimum of 24 inches and 18 inches. 

  • It’s tempting to place a tall fridge and built-in wall oven next to each other, but try not to; each needs its own landing space on both sides of the appliance for safety. 

  • Try to include a minimum of 10 linear feet of both base cabinets and upper cabinets. 

  • Utilize lazy Susans to make potentially wasted corners fully functional. 

  • Use pull-out drawers rather than reach-in, conventional cabinets for greatest convenience. If you’re retro-fitting existing cabinets, have pull-out trays installed. 

  • Consider barrier-free design and products. They make life easier for children, pregnant women, and seniors as well as individuals with disabilities. They’ll also add to the longevity of your kitchen.

Ryan, Mary Wynn.  “How to Design a Kitchen”  29 September 2006.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/how-to-design-a-kitchen.htm&gt;

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