Moe Saadeh / KITCHENS / 27th July 2016
The kitchen is the home and heart of every household – it is where families cook, entertain, share their day’s stories with each other and relax with a glass of wine in the evening. Whether you are building a new home or remodelling your existing kitchen, there are some rules that you should hone in on in order to end up with the best kitchen you could possibly have. Check out our list of 5 rules to adhere to when remodelling your kitchen and make smart design decisions for the centre of your home.
Easy Unpacking Of Groceries
Before you can even start cooking, we have to focus on the groceries. Kitchen designs should address more than just cooking and dining. It should also address how you enter your home and unload your groceries. Although this is something often overlooked, locating your refrigerator and pantry near the entry of the kitchen and nearby a countertop makes your kitchen flow with a much smoother dynamic.
The Famous Work Triangle
I’m sure you have heard about it before, whether on television or by a kitchen remodelling company – a work triangle is essential in any well-functioning kitchen. The work triangle is a crucial design concept that improves a kitchen’s functionality by minimizing the walking distance between the sink, refrigerator, and cooktop. It should allow enough space for at least 2 cooks to go about their business in the kitchen without constantly bumping into each other or running out of counter space.
Think About All Doors And How You Will Use Them
There are a variety of doors that are involved in the design of a kitchen – from cabinets to pantry doors and everything in between. With the style of kitchen you envision in mind, whether it be handleless style kitchens or a more traditional design, do make sure that all doors are designed to not overlap each other when they are both being used. While some operations will most likely overlap in some areas, it’s important to control which ones do – for example, an oven and dishwasher door can have overlapping doors as the two appliances are typically not used at the same time.
Ensure A Smooth Clean Up
Little things like the kitchen bin may be a seemingly unimportant thing to focus on, but it is essential to keep the bins within an easy distance of your dishwasher, food preparation area, and your stove. This is all part of the previously mentioned Work Triangle – a good rule of thumb that is simply all about keeping the most frequently used areas of the kitchen in close enough proximity to each other for a smooth workflow.
Remember To Keep It Fun And Social
The kitchen is probably one of the rooms in your house that people naturally gravitate to the most – it is the heart and center of your household, where people chat, have snacks, and wind down with a meal after a busy day at school or work. Keeping this in mind, entertainment and gathering areas in your kitchen should be separated from the Work Triangle in order for guests or family to have a nibble or enjoy a drink without getting in the way of the home chef whilst he or she is cooking.
Follow these simple yet essential rules when remodelling your kitchen and be proud of your beautiful, fully functional, spanking brand new kitchen space!