Within the overall design of the kitchen, the design of an efficient work space for preparing meals is critical. In your kitchen design, the work triangle must be carefully planned out. This includes the placement of the stove, refrigerator and sink. The kitchen must be designed according to these items in order to achieve maximum efficiency and flow in the kitchen.
Here are a few things to consider when trying to achieve kitchen design success:
- Do you prepare several meals a day or eat out often? How many persons do you prepare meals for on a daily basis?
- Do you prepare the food yourself or does your partner or children share the work (and space) with you? If children are involved in the preparation of food, a lower counter top may be needed to facilitate the height of the children.
- Do you cook fresh food that require a lot of preparation, and therefore require plenty of space? Or do you normally use ready-made meals that require minimal space for preparation?
- Would you like a work surface made from different materials to suit different cooking activities? A combination of marble and a wooden cutting board may be integrated depending on your specific needs.
- Are you an accomplished cook who would like to entertain friends and share recipes? If so, consider an island with a stove top range.
- What is the ideal location for your kitchen sink? Is washing the dishes something you find therapeutic? Some homeowners add a sink in the middle of the kitchen on an island, while others prefer to have the sink by a window where they can look outside at the trees and use the time to reflect.
Once you have identified what is most important to you in the design of your kitchen, you should be well on your way to creating the perfect kitchen to suit your lifestyle.