THE DESIGN CHALLENGE: SOME BASIC GUIDELINES

The Design Challenge

The initial step in designing your new kitchen is to try and visualize the potential of the space, and avoid replicating the existing layout.

Not always easy, but with the help of computer aided design software your designer may be able to explore a number of alternative ideas that you had not previously considered.

Some Basic Guidelines

The tried and tested approach using the work triangle remains a good starting point, this enables you to focus on three major zones in the kitchen which generally consist of the refrigerator, sink unit and the cooking zone.

This basic approach should be enhanced to include storage, preparation and finally serving, the ultimate aim being to create a logical and seamless process.

Looking at each area in turn, the fridge would ideally have some adjacent work surface allowing you to easily unload the shopping with adequate general storage in the same area.

Careful consideration should be given to the size and type of sink, will that large roasting tin fit? An additional half bowl or even a second sink can be very useful and could include a waste disposal unit.

The dishwasher would normally be sited adjacent to the sink and this area can also include an integrated bin system, very helpful if you need to re-cycle.

The main consideration for your cooking zone is creating plenty of work surface on both sides as this area will often include space for preparation and generally be the area used for serving.

Should the space allow, including an island can provide additional storage and more importantly another work surface. An overhang on one side could be used as a casual eating area, great to sit at whilst sharing a glass of wine with the chef.

These are some basic guidelines for your design challenge, but should provide a good starting point for a conversation with your designer.

 

 

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