The Kitchen Design Challenge

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The Kitchen Design Challenge

If you’ve recently looked at buying a new car, you’re spoilt for choice. For any given budget, the range of options is endless, and keeping up with the technology available is quite a challenge.

The same can also be said about kitchen design. In the past, the work triangle was said to be revolutionary, simplifying the design approach by placing the fridge, sink and cooker within easy reach, and to some degree these elements still dictate the layout of many designs, but of course, the kitchen now has to fulfill so many other functions; a place for the computer, somewhere for that collection of cookery books and perhaps a television to keep up with the results from Wimbledon. We recently completed a kitchen which included two dishwashers and a second kitchen sink. A wine cooler was also an essential part of the plan together with a combination microwave, a product that has become increasingly popular.

One addition that has become very popular is the island. Access from all sides opens up a number of possibilities for additional storage, an overhang on one side can provide seating for a chat over a coffee, and the extra work surface is always welcome, especially when the children need help with homework. Careful consideration needs to be taken regarding the space between the main body of the kitchen and the island, but this can usually be addressed by paying attention to the width of the doors on the units where the main work is carried out. For smaller spaces or maximum flexibility, the island can be put on wheels which lock when in use, and can be moved out of the way when the guests arrive.

The ultimate solution to many design challenges is a bespoke product. Imagine what can be achieved if you can have any size, height or depth of cabinetry. Add in a mix of materials for work surfaces, the vast array of kitchen paint colours available, dozens of options for handles and you can achieve your dream, a kitchen that is totally you and reflects your personality and lifestyle.

Kitchen Design | An Eco Friendly Approach

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An Eco Friendly Approach

Having recently completed a kitchen design project for a leading environmentalist, we were prompted to examine in more detail how we approach this aspect of our business.

As designers, we are responsible for a number of areas, and sustainability is often high on the list of priorities for a number of our clients.

Many people assume that sustainability is mainly about materials, but it’s also about the way we use our kitchens, the waste we create, the energy we use and the water we may waste.

Good research and the product knowledge gained from over 30 years in the industry can result in a number of significant savings and improvements and whilst we won’t save the planet over night, we can all help make a difference.

Domestic appliances are responsible on average for about half the energy consumption in a house, and the kitchen contributes a large percentage of that usage. Careful selection of appliances with a minimum energy rating of A+ or better still A++ will really make a difference to those energy bills. These ratings can also apply to water consumption, so don’t forget the dishwasher. Have a look at market leaders www.neff.co.uk for some great and innovative products.

Recycling and waste in another challenging area. Waste disposal units are worth considering, particularly if you’re not able to compost and we can offer a range of waste management systems that can be integrated into the cabinetry with options to sort the rubbish as you go. The ultimate solution is almost certainly a compactor more information on this is available at www.krushr.com.

Returning to our approach, our cabinets are manufactured in Sussex and delivered to site with the minimum of packaging. Our suppliers are all aware of our environmental policies and we are always working on ways to improve the way we deliver our product and service in the light of the challenges we all face.

We are always happy to receive feedback or ideas, so get emailing.

Galley Kitchen Designs

fitted kitchen designAccepted by many as the easiest to work in, the galley kitchen design can often be one of the most difficult to design and can easily become a boring corridor.

The room can often be narrow, and with two people working in the kitchen, the traffic can become a problem.

One of my favourite solutions is to break-front the cabinets using angled units or simply drop the depth of one section back to a run of shallow cabinets. Reduced depth cabinets can be very useful and save you having to rummage around for those small items that always get lost at the back.

Try to avoid too many tall units as they will certainly make the room feel smaller and overbearing.

You can enhance the visual effect by introducing different surface materials or for something different, try insetting timber drawer fronts into a painted frame.

Open wall units or just shelving will also help reduce the tunnel effect, and again, they don’t have to be the industry standard depth.

Bespoke solutions for awkward spaces.

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