As a Winnipeg interior decorator, one of the most requested services is kitchen design.
In a lot of cases clients are wanting to open up the design of older homes and introduce an open concept design. Often they want existing walls torn down between kitchen, living, and dining rooms, and they are concerned about how to do this, and how it is going to affect these adjoining spaces. In a lot of cases they have visited kitchen cabinet stores that offer the basic design for kitchens, but the problem with this is the fact these companies only deal with the kitchen area. When walls are torn down between the kitchen and these other rooms how is it going to impact these other spaces. Often entirely different furniture layouts need to be configured to ensure the end result is visually pleasing, provides for adequate traffic flow, lifestyle needs, colors and styles are coordinated. So the problem often becomes more than what kitchen stores are able to handle and this is where my design services are needed.
But for now, here are some kitchen design basics:
- Efficiency is important in any kitchen. So when it comes to kitchen design the work triangle is important. The work triangle consists of the distances between stove, fridge and sink. The most efficient spaces have 12′ to 22′ of movement. Most frequent configurations are 4′-7′ between fridge to sink, 4′-6′ from sink to stove, 4′-9′ from stove to fridge.
- Is the kitchen going to be designed for 1 or 2 cooks in the family. Sometimes additional workspace and perhaps even an extra sink needs to be added to account for this.
- Storage is another consideration. An example of a typical problem today arises often around the need to re-cycle, and where to place containers for this purpose.
- Traffic flow. The less traffic flow through the work space of a kitchen the better, so it is important that the kitchen is designed to keep the number of people needing enter and exit the kitchen area to a minimum.
These are all examples of some of the many aspects of design that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to designing a kitchen.
For this client, entertaining guests was an important aspect of everyday life, so an additional sink, counter space, and fridge were added to create a bar/snack area. Through the creation of this area, I was able to also reduce traffic through the work triangle, as family members no longer had to access the main fridge or sink area to retrieve snacks, or drinks. Instead this bar/snack area was located in close proximity to the family room area of the home.