ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Elevations for Kitchen Designs

Updated on December 14, 2016
Source

Elevations for kitchen designs help lay out the true heart of the home. Family and friends often congregate in in the kitchen to prepare food, to discuss the day’s happenings, relax, do homework or perform crafts. Careful planning is needed to ensure the best use of the room’s space, cabinetry and appliances. Only a few of the dozens of recommended kitchen design standards are listed.

© 2011 by Aurelio Locsin

Definitions of Elevations for Kitchen Designs

A plan is a top view that is the typical way of showing how space in a room functions with its components. It illustrates the layout of a kitchen and helps determine where to place cabinets, drains and plumbing. Elevations show the front, side, and sometimes, the rear views in scale drawings. They fulfill many of the functions of a plan, but show how components relate on a wall. Such views more clearly illustrate counter and cabinet heights and clearances, and where to position such decorative elements as backsplashes, hanging lamps and window coverings.

Sources

Specifications for measurements, clearances and other construction requirements in kitchen designs come from at least two sources. The first is the International Residential Code or IRC, which is maintained by the non-profit International Code Council. It generally covers permanent constructions such as the location of drains and outlets. Local and state building authorities base their regulations on this code and require contractors to follow it for inspection approval. The second are guidelines put out by organizations such as the National Kitchen and Bath Association or NKBA. These define good work practices rather than legal requirements, and thus act as starting points for elevations.

IRC

The IRC requires every dwelling to have a kitchen area with a sink. (REFERENCE 4) Kitchens can ignore the IRC minimum room floor area of 70 square feet, and minimum horizontal dimension of 7 feet. (REFERENCE 5, R304.2, R304.3) Kitchen wall receptacles must be spaced no further than 6 horizontal wall feet from the edge of the nearest window to door opening. They must also be no further than 12 horizontal wall feet from the center of other receptacles. (REFERENCE 6) A receptacle outlet is needed at each wall countertop that is 12 inches or wider. No point along the wall, such as a corner or stove edge, must be more than 24 inches from an outlet. (REFERENCE 7)

NKBA

The NKBA states that the work triangle drawn from the center of the sink to the center of the cooktop to the center of the refrigerator and back to the sink should total 25 feet or under, with each leg of the triangle between 4-to-9 feet. At least two work counter heights should be offered: one measuring 28 to 36 inches from the finished floor, and another 36 to 45 inches high. Entry, appliance or cabinet doors should not block each other when open. At least 10 percent of the total square footage of the separate kitchen, or living space with a kitchen, should be devoted to windows and skylights.

For more information on other standards for kitchen designs, consult the NKBA directly.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love watching the home makeovers on HGTV when I have time and the kitchen re-dos are amazing. Interesting hub. Voted up.

    • formosangirl profile image

      formosangirl 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      My new section is a "great" room like the expert in the video stated. It is an all in one--kitchen, dining space, and living room. I love it. Nobody is isolated unless they go to the other part of the house. Interesting hub. Voted up.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)