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A Brief Guide to Creating a Functional Kitchen

A Brief Guide to Creating a Functional Kitchen.jpgBesides creating a beautiful, eye catching kitchen, when it comes to a renovation project, it’s really important to consider the overall functionality of your kitchen workspace. Things need to flow, with proper placement of appliances, cabinetry, electrical outlets, and even light fixtures. You might have the best on the block in terms of finishes and technologically advanced features, but if your workspace doesn’t properly flow with your cooking style in the kitchen, it’s all for not.

The Triangle and The Workstation

A general rule of thumb for kitchen workspaces, when possible, is to create a triangle among the three most utilized areas: the sink, the stove, and the fridge. However, while the tried-and-true triangle configuration still works for smaller kitchens with one cook, there's a better design for bigger, busier kitchens: work stations. With this approach, each
task” is assigned a station (prep, cooking, storage and cleanup areas), as well as the more specialized ones (baking and canning, for example), is centered around a major appliance and its landing area. If possible, each area is designated at least 12-15” of suitable countertop workspace.

Islands

Not only are kitchen islands a creative way to add additional seating to your cooking and gathering area, they serve as highly functional counter areas as well. Prep sinks, extra storage, second dishwashers, warming drawers, and even open shelving for cookbooks and wine displays can all be housed in this center space. Keep in mind, most kitchen spaces with island inclusions should allow for at least 40-42” of open space surrounding the island for proper traffic flow.

Light it Up

A properly functioning kitchen must be well lit. This means blending and layering different types of lights and fixtures for different types of cooking tasks. Canned and properly directed lights over the sink, stove, and meal prep areas are essential, while ambient and decorative lighting to highlight your aesthetic features create just the right touch.

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