A lot happens in your kitchen — cooking, cleaning, eating, drinking, and socializing— making this the core of your home. That’s why the kitchen requires both beauty and functionality. Regardless of your kitchen design preference, function and layout are indispensable. Here are Luxury Home Solutions (LHS) top six blunders to avoid in order to attain both a useful and well-designed kitchen.
- Impeding the Kitchen Triangle – The kitchen triangle links the three main work areas in the kitchen; the sink, the range, and the refrigerator, this area has the greatest activity that requires careful planning and unhindered access. Of the three, the sink typically sees the most action; it should have easy access to the stove and refrigerator, as well as your countertop workstations. Regardless of your kitchen’s size or layout (L-shaped, galley, U-shaped or island), the sum of all the three sides of the triangle should be between 13 feet and 26 feet with the distance between these areas no less than 4 feet and no larger than 9 feet. If the work triangle is too tiny, people will be stumbling over each other; if it’s too big, food preparation could be a strenuous chore.
- Wasting Storage Space – Kitchens normally hold lots of food and appliances. Not only that but items, such as food processors or pasta makers, are often oddly shaped and need a lot of space. One big design mistake is not including enough storage. Just about every kitchen has wasted space, but this can be reduced with adequate preparation and planning. If your kitchen is small, consider installing extra-long upper cabinets for further storage space. Always put cabinets in above the refrigerator; not utilizing this space is a waste of storage for big or seasonal items. Lastly, put in shelves on the back of the lower kitchen cabinets; this adds up to 4 square feet of storage.
- Inadequate Counter Space – One of the biggest grievances about kitchen designs is the counter space deficiency. There are so many things that happen in your kitchen that need countertop space, as well as appliances that are permanently situated there, you want to fit as much counter space in as possible. This can be accomplished by adding an island or breakfast bar to your kitchen. You could even wall mount the microwave or put it below your countertop in a cabinet nook.
- Poor Lighting – The kitchen is one room where you can’t have poor lighting. It’s not only a matter of atmosphere, but also safety when it comes to working with sharp knives and additional kitchen tools. Use pendant lights or a series of mini-pendants to improve the beauty of your kitchen. Pendants look great above sinks, while a series of mini-pendants work well over breakfast bars or kitchen islands. Install under-cabinet lights to guarantee that the counters have the appropriate lighting for common kitchen tasks. If you have the space for a window put one in – natural light is the best source of light!
- Selecting the Wrong Kitchen Island – When it comes to kitchen islands, we commonly think of extra storage, preparation and serving space in the kitchen. However, kitchen islands can waste a lot of space. Selecting the wrong island or putting it in the wrong spot can be a calamity, especially in a work area that can get very messy. Islands that impede the flow of the kitchen triangle and primary workplaces will create restricted access in the kitchen. An island ought to be at least 4 feet long and 2 feet deep, furthermore, it must have room for people to move and work around. Top home builders and remodelers say that unless your kitchen is at least 8 feet deep and 12 feet long, you shouldn’t even contemplate an island.
- Ignoring Your Recycling – As recycling has become more widespread, dealing with the trash in kitchen planning has gone further than placing a trash basket under the sink. Plan your kitchen to manage your trash and recycling efficiently — integrate sorting boxes for recyclables into your kitchen plan to make sure you are effectively using space and making it easy to recycle.
Use a professional home builder or remodeler to take on your kitchen design project; it could actually cost more money, time, and energy to do it yourself. The professionals at LHS have the latest designs and can help you identify your needs/wants and translate them into a well-organized design that fits your style and budget.