When buying a new home, a very important room is the kitchen! The kitchen isn’t just a room where you cook and eat, but a room where you spend quality time with your family and friends. Your kitchen should show your personality and style while welcoming in guests. Kitchens are typically one of the bigger investments when building a new home, so it is important to make the most out of that room. When designing your kitchen, there are a few things that you may want to consider.
Your lifestyle should determine the functionality of your kitchen, not the other way around. So, a good rule of thumb when designing your kitchen is the work triangle. The work triangle is a concept used to determine efficient kitchen layouts that meet your needs. Your primary tasks in your kitchen are typically the sink, stovetop, and refrigerator. These three points and the imaginary lines between them are what experts call the work triangle. The idea is that when these three components are in close proximity to one other, it will give you the most functionality.
Another thing to consider is the height of your appliances. Considering the user’s height and abilities, determine what height would be best for your appliances in your kitchen such as your microwave and your oven(s). According to experts, the ideal location for the bottom of the microwave is 3 inches below the principle user’s shoulder, but no more than 54 inches above the floor. When it comes to your ovens, determine whether it would be more functional for you to have wall ovens or range with a cooktop.
Once you have designed the layout and functionality of your kitchen comes the fun part! Picking out cabinetry, countertops, wall color and more! Now you can design the perfect kitchen to match your family’s style and personality.