There are many various ideas on kitchen designs and I’ll offer you my insight to help guide you to achieving the best kitchen possible.
Over the years the kitchen has become on of the most important parts of a home, and it’s design should fit your lifestyle. It’s evolved from only the cooking place to now doubling as a gathering place. It’s also usually the most expensive part of a home.
The first thing you should consider is your kitchens layout. It needs to look good as well as being a functional cooking place. An old method of designing a kitchen is using the work triangle where the stove, refrigerator, and sink would be laid out as the points of a triangle. One issue with this layout would be that only one person could fit in the triangle. Nowadays cooking is a family event where people talk and socialize, making this layout inefficient.
A newer design that designers use is a zone design which allows for multiple people in the kitchen at a time. This design allows for multiple cooking areas with separate ovens and cook tops, and sometimes two sinks.
Here are some of the basic floor plans/layouts:
– Single Wall – Simple for small kitchens, but not a very functional cooking space
– Galley Layout – For small kitchens that allow you to “pass through.” Has two sides that face each other
– L-shaped Layout – Commonly used for standard sized homes, very functional
– U-shaped Layout – Large Sized Kitchen design, fits multiple people
– Layouts with an island – Very common and provide you with a central workplace to cook
– Peninsula Layout – Provide an area to sit in the kitchen
– Outdoors – Increasingly popular
When deciding which layout to choose I would suggest reading the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA for short) guidelines. They were created to maximize the functionality of a kitchen. The NKBA guidelines give good recommendations for proper placement for different equipment, and the proper distance between cabinets and doors.
They will help make sure you have enough space to function properly in your kitchen.