The Art of Designing Your Kitchen – Part III: Layout
In this series on designing the perfect kitchen for you and your family, I have taken my design process literally step by step and created a separate blog post for each. In my opinion, I prefer to read shorter blogs that focus on only one or two points rather than longer ones. When I sit down to read my fav blogs every morning, I can barely make it through them all much less absorb a whole designers process in how they put together a kitchen! This series offers you a bite size peak into my brain with every post, so you can really take in each step – one by one.
Parts I & II focus on assessment, budget and assembling your team. The rest of the series dives into actually putting together your kitchen! With your plans and foundation of support beneath you, you are now ready to get cooking’!
Layout of your kitchen
If you are like me and love to entertain, you would probably agree that the layout of the can make or break your bad mood. I know just where I like to have my pots and pans and I was involved in designing where the cabinets would go that would store them for easy access while cooking. I guess you could call it kitchen “feng shui” but whatever it is, the energy flow in the kitchen is ever so important to the harmony of the whole home!
Experts still say that the most efficient kitchen pathway is the triangle (see picture above)). This path involves the refrigerator, stove and sink. For maximum efficiency the design should also include counter space next to the open side of the fridge, as well as, plenty of counter space on both sides of the stove and sink.
Today’s trend towards additional appliances such as a second dishwasher, a second sink, a separate cooktop and refrigerator drawers may create extra work stations which means you will also want to create additional work triangles in your kitchen. Be careful that you avoid collision paths. For energy-saving efficiency, separate the fridge and the range or oven if space allows. And, if you are planning an island, then allow at least 4 feet between it and the nearest counter or appliance.
I tend to design for clients who love to cook and entertain, so I truly love to create with them a kitchen that makes them feel like the host and hostess with the mostess! I do! I know how fabulous it feels to pull off an amazing meal for family and friends and to do it effortlessly because of a functional and fungi shui’d design!
Here is a great post from HGTV with the five most popular kitchen layout ideas. Stay tuned for another peak into my design mind! Part IV is Countertops and Cabinetry!