Posts Tagged ‘kitchen layout’

10 Kitchen Design Mistakes to Avoid (intro and tip #1)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

In this next blog series we will share an excellent article I uncovered with very valuable information regarding kitchen design mistakes to avoid. We will post one design tip at a time so stay tuned for all 10 in this series. First I must give credit to the original author: Andreea of Freshome Design & Architecture.

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A lot happens in the kitchen both — cooking and socializing — whether we’re cooking, preparing a quick snack, eating breakfast or serving a three-course dinner to family and friends. The kitchen is one place that needs to be both beautiful and functional. This raises a double challenge of do’s and don’ts in kitchen design. Specialist warn us about 10 mistakes we should avoid in order to achieve both practical and elegant kitchen design.

Tip #1 Don’t obstruct access to the kitchen work triangle.

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Tip #1 Don’t obstruct access to the kitchen work triangle.

Experts refer to the sink, stove and refrigerator as the kitchen work triangle, the area of greatest activity, and it requires careful planning and unobstructed access. Of the three, the sink will see the most action and should have easy access to the stove and refrigerator, as well as your counter top workstations.

Sinks need to be installed in close proximity to the plumbing, but often kitchens are designed with the sinks installed right above the plumbing or in a poor location. Instead of making this kitchen design mistake, consider hiring a plumber to relocate the drains and the plumbing to accommodate the best placement for the sink.

Regardless of kitchen size or layout (L-shaped kitchen, galley, U-shaped or island style), the sum of all the legs in a work triangle should not be less than 10 feet nor greater than 25 feet. If the sum of the legs in the work triangle is too small, people will be tripping over each other and if too large, food preparation could be a very tiring task.

New Kitchen Layout Within Existing Space

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

When investing big bucks into a kitchen remodel, most clients want the freedom to rearrange the major components of the kitchen to improve traffic flow, storage space and the aesthetic look of the kitchen itself. In this case, the “Pull and Put” may not offer enough flexibility. Instead, the client should opt for a new kitchen layout within the existing space. This means that anything and everything can be shifted within the existing confines of the kitchen.

A new kitchen layout includes many of the “Pull and Put” components such as new cabinets, floors, and countertops. In addition, the design of the kitchen is reworked for maximum space efficiency and workflow. Usually, the resulting kitchen looks more modern and roomy.

Other changes that clients sometimes opt for are additional cabinets and convenience accessories such as rollout trays and pullout trashcans. If major appliances are moved, plumbing, gas and electrical utilities may need to be reworked.

This level of design service allows the contractor and client to customize the kitchen to meet the client’s individual lifestyle needs. For example, a family with four children will need a very different kitchen than an empty nest couple.

As usual, the cost can vary greatly on this type of project depending on the components of the remodel and the size of the kitchen. However, I think it would be safe to say that anyone in the San Diego area could expect an approximate cost of $40,000 – $60,000. Just remember that a kitchen remodel is an investment in your house. A substantial portion of the money you put into a kitchen remodel will be earned back in the increased resale value of the home.