Counter Materials Wood You can cut on it. It scratches It scorches
Counter Materials Marble Used for candy and pastry making Pros: waterproof; heatproof; beautiful. Cons: expensive; porous; stains easily unless professionally sealed
Counter Materials Tile Durable Easy to clean Wide range of colors and prices Uneven surface Grout stains Tiles can chip
Counter Materials Concrete Can have the look, texture, and feel of quarried stone such as marble, granite, and limestone. Needs to be sealed Can chip, crack or flake. Can form to any shape
Counter Materials Soap Stone Non porous Does not stain Does scratch Heatproof Apply mineral oil to darken the color
Wall Cabinets 13 deep and tall Widths range from 15 – 48 Space requirements- minimum of 10 linear feet 18 between the top of the base cabinet and the beginning of the wall cabinet. 15 between the top of a range and the bottom of a microwave.
Soffit The space between the ceiling and the top of the cabinet. Do you want a short wall, cabinets that go to the ceiling or space to decorate on top of the cabinets?
Islands The average depth of an island is 30. This island is wider to accommodate a seating area on one side.
Dishwashers A dishwasher is usually 24 wide and is located close to the sink because the plumbing is already there.
Dishwasher Drawers Dishwasher drawers allow you to wash mini loads in a smaller space.
Range Hoods A range hood allows smoke and fumes to escape from the kitchen. A canopy style is on top of the range and some microwaves have a range hood built into it.
Down Draft Range Hood A downdraft range hood moves up and down and allows you to ventilate fumes without having a hood hanging down in the kitchen.
Universal Design A philosophy of designing interiors and products to accommodate all people with a variety of requirements, needs and abilities. Pass out handout for application to kitchens.