Kitchen Planning Standards – Class 101


Ever wonder what standards there are for a either a new kitchen or a kitchen renovation.

Well, I’m here to help!

These industry standards will help  you work out  your plan properly so you don’t run into any unexpected surprises.


Standard oven width – 30 inches

Standard dishwasher width – 24 inches

Standard fridge width – 36 inches. Keep in mind that you should choose and order your appliances before building a new or renovating a kitchen, the cabinetry and countertops will be built around them for the most custom look.


Standard upper cabinet depth – 12 inches

Standard base cabinet depth – 24.5 inches

Standard counter height – 36 inches

Standard counter depth – 25.50 inches

Standard distance between bottom of cabinet and your countertops – 18 inches.  If you are installing under cabinet lighting, a must in my books, then you’ll have to give some consideration to the extra space needed for them and valances.  Also, if there is a special appliance(s) you would like to store on your countertop, be sure that the 18 inches will accommodate it.


Minimum distance between two working areas – 39 inches.  48 inches would be ideal but you can get by on the minimum of 39 inches.

Minimum island overhang – 12 inches with no brackets for support (depending on the counter material) or 15-18 inches with supports.

Minimum counter space on either side of the stove – 18 inches.  A stove should never be placed right beside a wall, as this could be a fire hazard.


Bar stool height – 30 inches

Counter stool height – 24 inches

Height for hanging light fixture over a table or island – Standard is 30-36″ from the top of the dining table, however this can and should be adjusted for individuals using the space and for sight lines.  I usually prefer to hang the light lower if it is a statement piece and if the table is large enough to accommodate it.  For an island fixture – standard is 60-66″ from the floor, but again this can and should be adjusted for sight lines and for tall individuals.





Kitchen musings

This has been a busy and exhausting summer for my family.  But I’m happy to report that our cottage exterior is being stained as I write this, thankfully by someone else :-).  In my mind, at least, this means we are turning the corner on all the work that has to be done at the cottage. I hope I’m right.

We had a cabinet painter in to give us an estimate on painting the kitchen cupboards recently and it makes me excited to start thinking about what I want to do in the kitchen.

This is my inspiration photo.



For the countertops I am actually thinking of reversing the order that is shown here and doing a wood countertop for the main counter and a quartz marble look alike for the island.  I had wood countertops in my previous cottage and really loved them.

However, when I looked at the details of this kitchen and the paint colours (there are actually two different ones) used, they are much more gray and dark than what I want, though in this picture they don’t look that dark.

So I’m thinking of this colour for the cabinetry, which I think pretty closely matches the colour in the photo above (and I just realized it really matches the colours on my website..I guess I’m a blue girl).

Sherwin- Williams Aleutian SW-6241


AleutianSW But first things first, I have to finalize all the changes to the cabinetry, obviously before I can get them painted so I’m in full scale design planning mode now. I also have to try and source some twenty year old tile for repairs in one of the bathrooms and the sun room.  Fun, fun fun.

Fall can’t come soon enough for me. How’s your summer been? Exhausting or exhilierating?


Kitchen plans and open shelving

As our bathroom renovation at the cottage is coming to it’s much awaited conclusion, hubby asked me what I wanted to change about the kitchen.  WHAT! I was speechless for a second, but just for a second.  There is so much to do at the cottage I hadn’t even wanted to bring it up to him.  But then I spewed forth. I think he was a little surprised about all the ideas I had swimming around in my head…but then he really shouldn’t be surprised…we have been married for 28 years AND I am an interior decorator.
After being in the cottage for a year and a half and spending alot of that time in the kitchen, I know just what works and doesn’t work in there. There are some things that I won’t be able to change such as the basic layout. It just isn’t financial feasible with a log home and with having an island that is partly made out of ROCK, yes rock.  So I will do what I can to make it more user friendly and comfortable for me, within our meagre budget.
So the rest of the weekend was spent dreaming, plotting and sketching… First off, I love the idea of taking down some of the upper cabinetry to open up the kitchen and replacing it with some open rustic shelves.  Here’s some inspiration photos.
This is the style I’m thinking I’ll be going for.  Thick rustic wood shelves with simple hefty iron brackets.
I love the colour of these cabinets in this kitchen. That soft green may be just the ticket…did I mention that I will be painting out the wood cabinets. Hubby is okay with this…Woo Hoo, probably because it is a LOG cottage and there is wood everywhere so he won’t miss just a little in the kitchen and I am probably putting in wood shelves, so it’s all good.
Then there is the question of where you stop the backsplash when you are doing open shelving. This one below shows it stopping at the first shelf.
I’m really loving this style of shelving and bracket from West Elm.
This one above also stopped the backsplash at the first shelf. I was really considering doing the entire wall, but I guess that will depend on the tile that I pick and how much it is…darn budget.
More wood and iron shelving.
So reality is that if we start on the kitchen in the near future, we’d have to compromise by not doing a full gut of the master bathroom and only do the repairs that are needed.  So….what to do, what to do?  The bathroom is in okay shape except for the shower floor, that could be fixed at a minimum cost and everything else, including the mint green grout and 6×6 square white square tiles (which are everywhere, the floor, walls, tub surround and shower), would be left in place.
I may be able to swing having the cabinet fronts repainted and some new sinks and faucets as well, but that would be about it.   I love the colour green but not really as grout. I did inquire about painting the grout and have been told that it would be fine everywhere but in the shower.  Then there is the thought of scraping out all the grout and replacing it with a more neutral shade.  I may just do this…crazy talk, I know but I really think it may be worth it.
It is really just us that use the master bathroom, since guests will be using the beautiful newly renovated bathroom shortly (and yes, I will be sharing pictures of the renovated bathroom once it is all ready for it’s unveiling), I think it is better to spend our time and money on the kitchen, which is seen and used by all.

Silestone and the New Neutrals…..

Speaking of the new neutrals trends,  Silestone (Cosentino) was another sponsor of BlogtourNYC and while we were enjoying a fabulous brunch at the Poggenpohl Showroom, we also got to take a peek at their  new quartz countertops.

Silestone Transparent

White Zeus Extreme is the whitest white hue in quartz surfacing countertops, this has been accomplished through cutting edge technology and using very refined quartz.  This stark hue offers an unparalleled solid, bright, clean look with less grain than the original, White Zeus colour.  This clear bright white is keeping with the new neutrals trend in kitchens and baths.  It can easily be adapted into different styles of kitchens and baths, as white always feels new and fresh.

This clean look is ideal for any number of installations, take a look at these below.

Laguna Beach 4

Laguna Beach 6 silestone-quartz-kitchen-cocina-serie-zen-blanzo-zeus-extreme-pulido-8

I love this modern sleek all white kitchen, contrasted with the very detailed architectural walls and ceiling and it certainly makes that floor stand out.

“White Zeus Extreme is for designers, architects and consumers looking for the ultimate sleek, modern, and refined white appearance throughout the home,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “Solid white surfaces are challenging to achieve and we are especially thrilled to have pushed our innovation to a new level with White Zeus extreme. This color truly underscores our commitment to being on the cutting edge of design and innovation.”

As with all of Silestone’s natural quartz products, White Zeus Extreme is naturally non-porous and never needs to be sealed.  It is easy to clean and has resistance to scratches, staining and heat.  It offers a combination of built-in antimicrobial protection that fights the growth of odour causing bacteria, mold and mildew and has the GREENGUARD certification for clean air quality and the National Sanitation Foundation certification for safe food preparation.

It’s available in polished, leather and volcano finishes and even comes in the Integrity sink.

I also recently posted about some of the other new Silestone’s quartz countertops from the Nebula series, Lyra and Cygnus, click here to read that post and for the gray/brown of  Merope, click here.  These are all part of the new neutrals in the kitchen and bath industry. And if you are looking for more on white, read my recent post on White, white, everywhere.

Photos courtesy of Silestone



Country House Dream Kitchen

Now, for the Country House Dream Kitchen.  Keep in mind, that I have a pine log home in the country and that is where I’m picturing this kitchen.

Poggenpohl logo (with transparency)

So to offset all the wood that is in the home, I would choose a white bright kitchen.  This traditional one from Poggenpohl would be perfect in that setting, I’m loving all the glass cabinet fronts and yes, I would etch them so you couldn’t see the mess inside.  I would also add some open shelving to help break up all the cabinetry.


Silestone Transparent

And on top of all these beautiful cabinetry. I would be all over this new colour in Silestone’s Nebula series, Lyra.  It looks just like marble but without all the upkeep and in the suede finish it would be just perfect.


And then on the island I would add some Cygnus, also in a suede finish, to bring in a little more coolness to all the orangey/yellow pine.


Isn’t it beautiful in the suede finish below?

Silestone Suede_color Cygnus 3 (b)


Next off, one of these induction cooktops for when I have to actually cook.  This baby cleans up easily and only heats when there is a pot on it.  So cool and with the 36″ model you have plenty of elements for when the entire family comes over (for me that is 26!!!)


Next up would be two of these beautiful refrigerators, because we go through lots of food and drinks up there and it’s my dream….so I want TWO!





Now for some other cooking love, how about one of these combi-steam ovens from Miele.  Convention, steam and a combination of both if you want.  I think a turkey would be cooked to perfection in one of these!



And also a must have, especially with all the over night guests up there, a built in coffee system. But I have to admit I’d be using it for tea lattes and hot chocolates.


And for the preparation and clean up, I would be all over Blanco’s fireclay farm house apron sink.

Blanco logo 4c



I would be topping this off with the 1010 kitchen bridge faucet from Barber Wilsons and Co Ltd. in the Regent style in a beautiful weathered bronze finish.



And of course, the last little detail is the hardware.  And DuVerre Hardware does not disappoint.



I am all over these ones, the Lotus from designer, William Harvey, yet again.


C-WHL08-ORB Elegant and organic they are the perfect thing for a sophisticated country house, and in the oil rubbed bronze finish, these handles and knobs would be perfection!

So there you have it my Country House Dream Kitchen, when are you coming over?


Next and last up, my Country House Dream Bath!

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