A wise person once said that man cannot live on UberEats alone. Unless you’re planning on living on food delivery services or going out for dinner every night, chances are that your kitchen is going to be one of the most important areas of your home design (especially if you have hungry children to feed!).
Despite this, many people don’t really put much thought into their kitchen design. Taking the time to properly consider some of the more crucial design elements can mean that you end up with a much more functional, convenient and pleasant space.
Whether you’re an aspiring masterchef, a complete cooking novice or somewhere in between, make sure you check out our tips for designing a better kitchen for your new home or renovation project.
Reduce Wasted Steps
Think carefully about where you place each of the elements in your kitchen and factor in how much you actually use them. If your utensils, crockery and microwave are all in separate corners of the room, then heating up some leftovers is always going to be a lot more of a hassle than it needs to be. Consider your fridge, dishwasher, cutlery, pots & pans, plastic wraps & containers and other important appliances and develop a layout that will allow you to move efficiently between them.
Direct Traffic Appropriately
It’s always a good idea to keep your cooktop out of high traffic areas so that children, or anyone else for that matter, won’t catch handles and cause dangerous spills when moving through the kitchen. We also recommend making the fridge accessible for when you’re cooking up a storm, or sneaking past to grab a late-night snack.
It’s important to give everyone room to move. Paths throughout your kitchen should be at least 90cm wide to allow easy movement. Paths within the cooking zone should also be 105cm wide for a single cook and 120cm wide for two people. Nobody wants to be falling over each other while cooking dinner so it’s a good idea to factor this into your floor plan if possible.
Where would we be without the humble microwave? It’s important to give everyone in the house equal access to this marvellous modern device so think about who’s in your house and who will need to use it. For homes with kids, a below-countertop setup may be safer and more suitable.
Beware Of Corners
To make your cabinets and doors as functional as possible, plan space for door clearance and swing direction in your design. Keeping appliances away from corners is a good idea, and make sure that your doors don’t bang into each other if opened at the same time. It might not seem like a big deal when you’re planning out your whole house, but it can be infuriating to deal with on a day-to-day basis.
By now we’re guessing that you’re viewing the importance of a well-designed kitchen in a whole new light. At Impressions the Home Builder, we’ve taken the time to carefully consider all of these things and more so that you don’t have to. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our amazing home designs featuring fantastic, well-designed kitchens.