# 7

Whenever possible install a utility sink in the island to create a fully functional food-preparation area.

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# 6

Undergoing a kitchen renovation will usually prevent you from being able to use the kitchen. You will have to make alternative arrangements for dinner and plan on living around a mess for a while.

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# 5

Make sure there is countertop landing space of either side of the cook top.

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# 4

Set the budget and add 10 % for unexpected expenses. If you absolutely need to, you can alter the budget later but this will provide you with a good guide line.

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# 3

Leaving one wall open without cupboards makes the room interesting and inviting. It is monotonous to have a wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling room full of cabinets. 

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