Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ID 238
Course Title:
Advanced Kitchen and Bath Planning
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Course Description

Incorporates advanced understanding of design principles and elements to analyze and evaluate functionality and aesthetic principles for residential kitchen and bath planning. Includes Universal Design as it relates to the kitchen and bath and incorporates an advanced understanding of the guidelines as established by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Prerequisites: (ID 138 or BCT 229) and ARCH 132. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Design kitchens and baths that demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the NKBA Planning Guidelines for Kitchens and Baths; and the NKBA Access Planning Guidelines used in Universal Design projects for an aging population.
  • Develop an understanding of advanced interview techniques with clients.
  • Utilize critical thinking and creative design skills to solve advanced kitchen and  bath problems.
  • Develop concept and theme designs by utilizing architectural and interior design history and specifying appropriate products and/or design details to achieve the client€™s style preferences.
  • Create professional working documents to include:  construction documents, and specifications ready to bring an advanced kitchen and bath project from inception to completion
  • Perform effective presentation and selling techniques necessary to be successful designers and business professionals.
  • Utilize CAD software in the creation of appropriate drawings.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Student will identify tangible and intangible project constraints by observing the space, meeting with the client to develop design criteria and designing solutions that satisfy the client€™s wants and needs.
  • Student will demonstrate the understanding of advanced Design Principles and Elements and NKBA Guidelines of Planning by creating a min. of 2 kitchens and 2 bath projects, (1 kitchen and 1 bath to incorporate the NKBA Access Planning Guidelines for Universal Design)
  • Student will create construction documents to include:  floor plans, mechanical plans, elevations, construction plans, specifications and design statements to convey the design solution clearly to the client and or trade.
  • Student will demonstrate the ability to read appliance and fixture specifications
  • Students will present their kitchen and bath design solutions in a mock client meeting. Students must clearly and succinctly explain how their design solution meets the client€™s utilitarian, aesthetic and financial needs.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Elements and Principles of design
  • Theme Design
  • History of architecture
  • NKBA Planning Guidelines
  • NKBA Access Planning Guidelines for Universal Design
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Kitchen and bath plumbing fixtures
  • Cabinet specifications
  • Countertops
  • Flooring for kitchens
  • Communicating with clients

Process Skills:

  • Research, including internet resources
  • Verbal communications including interview skills
  • Written communications
  • Critical thinking
  • Networking
  • Mathematical computations
  • Memorization