A kitchen renovation can be a costly endeavor. It can also be a massive disruption in the home, especially if you live in the house while the work is being undertaken. However, a new functional kitchen can increase the value of your home. To fully make the most of your new design, you need to make sure you are designing a kitchen that’s not only stylish and functional.
When redesigning your kitchen, think about how you interact with the various elements including, the proximity of the sink to the cooking equipment and the placement of dinnerware and flatware. Make the most of the space by locating items in appropriate places to have everything within reach when and where you need them.
Measure up the space carefully and make use of it, leaving plenty of room to navigate your kitchen. Spaces should be a minimum of 38 inches wider in non-cooking areas, more so again if you are considering a double-wide cooking area. This will allow you to have space to use the kitchen comfortably. Plan islands and peninsulas accordingly. Remove sharp edges by considering rounded corners to maximize space and remove added obstacles.
You want your kitchen to look good and last for as long as possible. While it can be expensive initially, you can save money in the long run by investing in high-quality materials at this point. Work with a countertop installer to ensure you are choosing the fitting worktops for your chosen design. The same goes for lighting and cupboards too.
The Work Triangle
The stove, the refrigerator, and the sink are the three most essential components of your kitchen design. A poorly designed layout can quickly turn cooking and cleaning your kitchen into an unnecessarily time-consuming and unenjoyable task if you are forced to run laps around the room.
While cooking, a well-designed kitchen layout will allow you to move freely between the three areas. When cooking with someone else, it should also allow enough space to bump into each other constantly. To accomplish this, a kitchen designer will design a “work triangle” between the stove, refrigerator, and sink, which is typically angled between 15° and 25° from the center of the room.
Throughout recent years, kitchens have evolved from being purely functional to becoming more versatile spaces that can be used to entertain, relax, and cook. A professional designer will always keep this in mind and strive to create a kitchen design that is open and inviting and allows for both entertaining and cooking to take place at the same time.
Incorporating a kitchen island with seating is a popular kitchen design. Visitors and family members can socialize and relax in an inviting environment without interfering with the use of the work triangle, which is a significant benefit. The host is then free to cook and entertain guests without feeling like an outsider.
Consider your kitchen as more than just a space to cook and eat in and look at all the aspects of what the room will be or could be used for and the practicalities your family needs from this area of your home to design the perfect functional space for you.