6 Tips to a Well Designed Kitchen
A kitchen to most is the central hub of the household. It’s the space that you spend time with your family, interact, and entertain. As a homeowner, it’s also an area you want to be prideful about. So, what do you need to consider for a well-designed kitchen? Here are 6 tips to help get you started.
1. Think Storage
The kitchen is a space where you hold many items from your dishes, to appliances, to the odd banana peeler you thought was interesting at the store, but really just sits in your cupboard. It’s important to consider what you have and what you plan to have as you grow your family and nest. The last thing you want to be doing is storing pans in your garage.
2. Plan an Island
If you can, an island can be an asset to your kitchen. A great place for extra storage underneath, a breakfast bar for quick meals, and a place to entertain. It’s best to first determine if it will function as an entertaining area, breakfast bar, or a place to cook when designing it.
3. Let there be Light
Having sufficient lighting is key to a great kitchen. Make sure to plan for more lighting than just the recessed. Think of the lighting as layers. Don’t forget to leave an area for great natural lighting. Plus, who doesn’t love a sink with a large window and a view?
4. Redirect Traffic from the “Working Triangle”
The kitchen work triangle is a concept used to determine efficient kitchen layouts. The primary tasks in a home kitchen are carried out between the cook top, the sink and the refrigerator. These three points and the imaginary lines between them, make up what kitchen experts call the work triangle. Make sure there’s at least 5 feet of space from this for guests.
5. Plan a Place to Land
When designing your kitchen, allow 15 inches of countertop on each side of a cooktop and refrigerator. Landing space is also important near the microwave.
6. Trash Talk
Make recycling and throwing away trash easy. Design a sleek hidden cabinet that’s easy to separate everything for you.
The kitchen is ultimately your space and it's important to determine your ideal functionality (entertaining, large family, etc) before doing anything drastic. Consult with a professional before considering any work and if you need any recommendations for great designers or contractors, feel free to drop me a line.