Kitchen Checklist - Remodel or New


  • Do your cabinets feature timesaving accessories such as rollout shelves, divided drawers and lazy susans?
  • At least one work triangle is in place
  • Total distance between two points does not exceed 26’
  • Traffic patterns do not interfere with triangle
  • Island/peninsula counters do not interfere with triangle
Counter Space Requirements
  • At least 36’’ in the mix/prep center
  • At least 18’’ on one side and 24’’ on the other side of sink
  • At least 9’’ on one side and 15’’ on the other side of the cook top
  • At least 15’’ on one side of a built-in oven or 15’’ of space on an island counter that is no more than 48’’ from the front of the oven
  • At least 15’’ on the opening side of the refrigerator or 15’’ of space on an island counter that is no more than 48’’ from the front of the refrigerator
  • Dishwasher within 36’’ of sink
  • Sufficient space between dishwasher and adjacent counters, other appliances and cabinets to allow for loading and unloading (21’’ standing space recommended
  • Bottom of microwave placed between counter and eye-level (approx. 24’’ to 48’’ off floor) with adjacent countertop work area
  • Adequate ventilation available
  • At least 12’’-19’’ of leg room beneath eating areas in counters, peninsulas, islands & bars
  • Sufficient accessible storage available
  • Good overall lightning and task lightning at sink, range and work areas
  • Is your lighting plan Title 24 compliant?
If you answer No more than Yes, you need a new kitchen! Take the first step and contact a member of Sonoma Kitchen & Bath to ensure a successful project.
We are kitchen and bath designers and subscribe to a strict Code of Conduct. Bring this evaluation with you, and your designer will help you use your No answers to make planning decisions regarding room shape and size, fixture and material selection as well as mechanical specifications.
For an appointment with one of our designers call 707-526-3535.