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"Before picking products, consult the NKBA Kitchen and Bathroom Planning Guidelines for tips on designing a functional layout."
NKBA Kitchen & Bathroom Planning Guidelines with Access Standards is a collection of illustrations and planning suggestions to aid professionals in the safe and effective planning of kitchens and bathrooms. The guidelines were developed by the NKBA to reflect the current industry environment, future trends, consumer lifestyles, new research, new building codes, and current industry practices.
Featuring 31 Guidelines for kitchens and 27 Guidelines for bathrooms, the book is meticulously illustrated in full color with plans, sections, and perspective views to show planning recommendations and code references and requirements, as well as Access Standards that consider the needs of a range of users. Additional features include:
- Newly revised planning guidelines for kitchens and bathrooms that reflect the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) and the ICC A117.1-2009 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities Standards
- Metric conversion of measurements
- Handy spiral-bound format permits easy, quick reference in the field
Q: How were the guidelines developed?
A: They were developed by the NKBA by a committee of professionals. The committee completed in-depth historical reviews of kitchen and bath planning research dating back to the 1920s. New research was conducted by faculty at Virginia Tech to determine kitchen activities and space planning appropriate for modern-day households and to recommend for storage requirements for todays kitchens. The guidelines published in this book reflect a composite of the historical review, the new research findings, applicable building codes, and current industry practices and requirements.
Q: What are the access standards?
A: These are recommendations for expanded universal design and reference standards from the ICC/ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, developed by the International Codes Council for accessible design considerations. They are consistent with national access standards and include information on designing kitchen and bath features that are useable by people with disabilities.
Q: What's new in this edition?
A: The latest 2012 International Residential Codes (IRC) and ICC A117.1 2009 Standards have been reviewed and are referenced in this edition. In addition to American standard measurements, SI units (metric) are also included.
Q: The book looks different, why is that?
A: To make the guidelines easier to read, we've enlarged the text and images. We've also changed the binding to a hidden-spiral.
Q: How is this different from a code book?
A: This is not a code book, it is a book of NKBA recommended guidelines developed to ensure code compliance and support sound, safe, and accessible kitchen and bath design. It's a convenient, handy reference for professionals and consumers.