There is no doubt that kitchen is the heart of the home. Formerly, the household kitchen was only designed for meal preparation and cooking purposes. Nowadays, the kitchen became a hub where friends and family gathers not only to eat and drink but also to socialise, create memories and entertain – and this can be reflected in how you design your home.
When planning a kitchen layout, many designers work around the sink’s location to ensure efficiency and functionality. It is a fantastic idea to place the sink near the window for good natural light. If you would like to include an island bench into your home design, make sure that it is not too close or too far from all major appliances such as fridge, oven and stove. Another great location for the sink is in the island bench, so, you could have a view into the room. When creating a chef’s dream kitchen don’t forget about the size of countertops. The counter space is immensely important. A chef needs sufficient space to be able to prepare dishes and plate meals all at once, hence, having the space spread is vital.
Good ergonomics are more important in the kitchen than any other room in the house. Daily activities in the kitchen should be comparable with a stroll in the park and not a work out at the gym. The traditional ‘Kitchen Work Triangle’ will help you design your fit-for-purpose kitchen. The ‘Kitchen Work Triangle’ is a concept that refers to relationship between the stovetop, fridge and sink. These represent the three points of the kitchen work triangle. If you place these too far away from each other you waste a lot of steps while preparing a meal. If they are too close to each other you have a cramped kitchen without any place to work.
- Each leg of the triangle should be between 1.2 and 2.7 metres
- The total of all three legs should be between 3.7 and 8 metres
- No obstructions (cabinets, islands, etc.) should intersect a leg of the work triangle
- Household traffic should not flow through the work triangle
- It is all about shortening the distances you have to cover.
Scullery is a smaller second kitchen or an addition to the main kitchen, designed to function as a storage, cleaning and preparation zone. It is also referred to as the ‘backstage’, a place where the mess can be hidden along with mechanics of cooking while entertaining guests. Scullery have reportedly become one of the most desired features in today’s custom home designs.
Most sculleries are connected to, or are an offshoot of the main Kitchen. In some home designs you might notice a scullery next to the dining room. There are a few different types of sculleries to choose from, such as an open scullery – just a section of kitchen that is tucked away on one side, a screened scullery – an area that is screened with a folding door or a partition that can be opened to increase the overall available space if necessary, a walk – in scullery – popular type, if space allows, where decent size walk-in pantry can be combined with scullery, creating an efficient use of space.
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