You are about to embark on designing your dream kitchen and though you have glossy magazines and catalogs galore, you may not have the information you need to consider when making your plans. We offer you the following things to consider as you embark on your new kitchen design.
It has long been known that for a kitchen to be most efficient the layout of the sink, refrigerator and stove should be such as to create an efficient work triangle. The combined distances between these three key areas of the kitchen should measure no more then twenty six feet with no side of the triangle reaching more than nine feet in length and no less than four feet.
If you are planning your new kitchen with a single cook in mind be sure to allow for at least forty two inches of aisle space. If there is more than one cook in the kitchen plan on the work aisles being six inches wider. This space allows for comfort and efficiency.
It might seem to go without saying, but when designing for cabinets, entry ways and appliances take into account the opening of doors and be sure that none of these will interfere with one another. Entry ways into the kitchen are often the ones which get blocked by an open refrigerator or cabinet door. Take this into considreration when designing and save future frustration.
Having counters at different heights in the kitchen helps accommodate cooks of differing heights as well as provide comfort for different tasks. Counters 28 to 36 inches above floor level are ideal for tasks such as chopping, while taller counters of 36 to 36 inches are ideal for other tasks.
If you intend to install a cabinet unit above your stove, make sure the clearance between the two is at least two feet for a fireproof surface and thirty inches for an unprotected surface. Check your local guidelines as well as some municipalities and insurers may have different requirements.
The average kitchen will require a minimum of thirteen feet of floor level cabinetry, twelve feet of wall cabinets and eleven feet of counter space. This is a minimum for smaller (150 square feet) kitchens. Most modern kitchens tend to be larger in size and an equivalent increase in space requirements for kitchen cabinets and counters should be made.
As you move from designing to building taking these points into consideration can greatly increase your chances of success and help to keep your dream kitchen a dream instead of nightmare later.
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