The key to successful kitchen design for the modern lifestyle is having enough work stations to carry out each activity. A beautiful kitchen suited for entertaining still has the need for efficient design, one that anticipates the needs of the cook, and all those who love the cook’s food. During grand events like Thanksgiving, it can be extremely difficult to cook and entertain simultaneously, which is why we believe the Open Kitchen is the ideal kitchen design for the holidays. It allows everyone to be involved with the group, even while mashing the potatoes.
The Open Kitchen
The Open Kitchen as part of the Great Room Space, consisting of the kitchen, dining room and family room has been trending in kitchen design for decades now. The trend has emerged as busy modern families struggle to connect. The Great Room Space allows several activities to converge at once, allowing for casual conversation to take place easily, for example this familiar meal time scene: Kids can sit at the dining table and do their homework while one or both of their parents, just home from work prepare and cook the evening meal. Parents can easily converse with their kids and vice-versa without
an interruption in either activity. The Great Room space also supports a casual and inviting way of entertaining and hosting dinner guests, making the experience for the guest more interactive and lively. If the host is a great cook, then the dinner guest is in for an especially rewarding visit. Being invited into the kitchen to watch a delectable meal with it’s tantalizing aromas being prepared can be an experience! Imagine the sound of a sizzling dash of port wine, the aromas of shallots and mushrooms cooking down into a saute, the sight of a chutney glaze drizzling over braised chicken. It is easy to see why this trend has continued in popularity.
The key to successful kitchen design for the modern lifestyle is having enough work stations to carry out each activity. A kitchen suited to the modern lifestyle still has the need for efficient design, one that anticipates the needs of the cook, and all those who love the cook’s food.
The Efficiency of the Work Triangle Still Holds True
A long standing design principle has been the work triangle- the proximal work path from the refrigerator to the sink, to the range. The ideal work triangle has landing space (counter space) to either side of all three work centers, the refrigerator (food storage) the sink (food prep) and the range top (cooking). 36” is also the minimum required clearance between counters and appliances that face each other. Ideally you want appliances to be offset from each other so that the oven door or dishwasher door doesn’t impede access to the refrigerator door, when opened, hence the work triangle.
The work triangle in a number of kitchen arrangements, the L Kitchen, the U Kitchen, the Galley Kitchen, the Center Island Kitchen, or the Peninsula Kitchen. You shouldn’t have to walk too far between these work centers at anytime.
The Center Island
A multi purpose work station and gathering area in the kitchen, can be specialized for any purpose, as well.
A kitchen needs a washing area for vegetables and dishes, the prep area, for chopping and sorting, and the cooking area. Something often overlooked is the baking area. A center island lends itself perfectly to this task, especially if custom outfitted to accommodate mixing bowls, an electric mixer, baking sheets, dough cutting tools etc. The standard width allowance between cabinetry is 36” for the sink range and refrigerator work centers. Though now, larger clearances are common to accommodate the wider cabinet depth refrigerators or commercial refrigerators.
Space Savers- Time Saving Storage and Organization Nuances
Plan for extra storage. A pantry is always a good idea. Where else is that special china that comes out 4 times a year going to go, or all the bulk food from costco?
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