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Designing Your New Kitchen

Kitchen Design Considerations:

Designing or remodelling a kitchen can be a daunting task. Whether you’re starting from scratch, completely refurbishing or making a few minor renovations, some basic know-how and handy tips will help make your kitchen design project a success.

  • Stay focused on your needs and lifestyle
  • Choose complimentary cabinets, counters, appliances, furniture and lighting
  • Choose design elements for comfort and design
  • Aim for a combination of function and style

Today's kitchen remains the heart of the home, the social hub where family and friends gather to

eat, meet, relax and celebrate.


A traditional kitchen kithcen layout should have three basic work centres or "stations":

  • Food preparation area
  • Cooking area
  • Clean-up area
Kitchen Layout
  • When planning kitchen layout it is important to observe the natural "flow" in the kitchen.
  • In what order are tasks done?
  • How many people cook or prepare food at the same time?
  • When you come home from shopping, you put the food away in the fridge and the pantry.
  • Later, you take it out to rinse it, chop it and prepare it, then you cook it on the stovetop or in the oven.
  • Finally, you serve it at the table.
  • If the work stations are arranged to follow this order, your kitchen tasks are made easier.
  • If more than one person is cooking or preparing food at the same time, a double sink will prove very useful. 

The triangle and other functional shapes 

  • For many years, kitchen designers used the triangle principle as the ideal layout.
  • Three most important elements in a kitchen – the refrigerator, cooktop and sink
  • Thess elements should be laid out so that each represents one of the points of a triangle.
  • Ideally the total perimeter of the triangle, should be between 15 and 26 feet.
  • No distance should be longer than 9 feet
  • The shortest distance between the sink and the cooktop – should be between 4 and 6 feet.
  • Traffic flow through the kitchen should not pass through the work-triangle area.

Open Plan Kitchens

  • Popularity of open-plan kitchens has led designers to rethink the idea.
  • Current trend is to merge the kitchen with the adjoining dining room
  • Many new homes are built on this model
  • Traffic flows more freely
  • Easier to manage tasks
  • Open space lets in plenty of natural light.
  • People can circulate freely and are not confined by four walls.
  • Open-plan kitchens are often laid out in an "L" or "C" shape, occasionally an "F" shape. 

Choosing the right appliances

  • Choose carefully to meet your family's varied real needs.
  • Kitchen appliances should be arranged in a logical layout
  • The oven should ideally be near the pots and pans,
  • The refrigerator close to the pantry
  • Space permitting, a popular choice is to have a separate cooktop and a wall oven
  • Choice of range hood must be suitable for the type of cooking, whether electric, gas or induction.
  • The location of your hood will depend on whether or not it is vented to the outside.
  • The style of hood has an impact on the overall look of the kitchen
  • Consider microwave placement depending on frequency of use, cooking style and physical attributes
  • Dishwashers raised by about a foot for easier access. 
  • Wine fridges are another lifestyle trend that is strongly influencing kitchen design 

Lighting

  • Pot lights are popular because they are always in style and can be dimmed to change the mood.
  • They are perfect for the ceiling and above the sink, as well as under cabinets.
  • Dimmable pendant lamps are a good idea over an island or peninsula
  • Above the table, a striking chandelier will add 'wow' factor and echo the style of the dining room. 

Finishing touches: designers’ trade secrets

  • An efficient kitchen is a well-organized kitchen.
  • Pull-out spice racks
  • Wall-mount utensil racks
  • Slide-out shelves for pots and pans drawers
  • Soft-close dampers for cabinet doors
  • Be mindful of the move toward universal design
  • Kitchen designers are increasingly incorporating a walk-in pantry. 
  • A small countertop may be included to keep the coffee machine and toaster out of sight. 

Materials and colour

  • Have fun choosing your decor style.
  • Large floor tiles lend a contemporary feel
  • Mouldings around the ceiling create a more classic look
  • Pale colours will make the room appear larger.
  • Durable, noble materials like wood and natural stone make sensational countertops. 
  • Renovating the kitchen is an investment.
  • A well-designed kitchen that is both chic and functional will increase your home's resale value.

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