As the saying goes, the kitchen is the heart of the home. That’s why they require so much careful planning and professional designing to ensure that it’s not only a beautiful room, but also highly functional and efficient. Here are some tips to consider when designing your kitchen:
1. Have Wide Walkways. Paths throughout a kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide. Paths within the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide for a two-cook configuration. This will make moving through the kitchen easier and help avoid accidents.
2. Consider the Countertops. Those who love to cook will require more counter space than those who cook less or prefer preparing simple meals. If you love having kitchen tools such as a statement stand mixer on display, you’ll want to accommodate them with more countertop space.
3. Smart Plugs. Install multiple outlets along the backsplash and on your kitchen island so you’ll have electricity wherever you need it. Do you use an iPad as you cook, or love following YouTube videos? Then you’ll want enough outlets to accommodate these electronics.
4. Determine the Island’s Function. If your kitchen is large enough to feature an island, make sure you decide on its main function. Will it be a cooking island with a built in butcher block and garbage can, or a breakfast island with stools and space for everyone’s bowls? Deciding on the main function will help determine the size and design of your island.
1. Find the Focal Point. It could be the tile work, beautifully veined marble floors, bright kitchen cabinets, or impressive countertops. Pick one item to make it stand out from the rest and this will create a more cohesive kitchen design that doesn’t overwhelm the eye.