The kitchen is the heart of the house and one of the most complex rooms to design. It’s where families gather to eat, prepare their meals and snacks, store groceries, celebrate holidays, interact with friends, do homework, and pay bills.
The kitchen design process requires thorough planning if you want to design a kitchen that is functional, comfortable, practical, and esthetically appealing. A great kitchen design is one of the best ways to add value to your home.
Kitchens can be planned in different layouts, some of these layouts are: Galley, Line, L- Shaped, U- Shaped, and L- Shaped with Island. Kitchens can also be designed in diverse styles that complement the style, color scheme, and theme of your home. Some popular kitchen design styles include country, traditional, contemporary, formal, tuscan, rustic, eclectic, and cottage.
Any kitchen layout should contain the three primary kitchen workstations to meet your basic functional needs: a fridge for food storage, a cook top surface for food preparation and cooking, and a sink for clean up and waste disposal.
When planning your kitchen layout, start first with the fridge, then the sink area, and then the cook top. Design a layout that has good space planning, is safe, and is functional (no appliance or cabinet doors should interfere with each other).
The linear distance between these workstations is called the kitchen “work triangle”. Ideally the perimeter of the work triangle should be between 15 and 22 feet in total length. The distance between the sink and the cook top should be between 4 to 6 feet in length (the shortest line in your triangle). The desirable distance between the sink and refrigerator is between 4 to 7 feet and between the cook top and refrigerator 4 to 9 feet. The goal of a work triangle in kitchen design is to design a layout that promotes reasonable, suitable, well-organized, and efficient interaction between all three workstations.
To make the kitchen remodeling process as rewarding and fulfilling as possible, start with the changes that mean the most to you, and let the other elements fall into place gradually.
Careful planning when designing your kitchen will result in a comfortable room that reflects the styles and the personalities of the people who use it.
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