- Think Outside the Triangle
- Details That Make a Difference
- The "Right Size" Kitchen
- Make the Most of the Space You Have
- Kids and Other Considerations
- Layer with Light
- Appliances You Need vs. Appliances You Want
"Kitchens are more than a platform to cook. They must enhance life by becoming a place to automatically congregate—just being in them should raise one's spirits."
Johnny Grey, Kitchen Culture: Re-inventing Kitchen Design
All great kitchens, no matter the size, no matter the cost, have one thing in common: Function. Your kitchen may look fabulous, but the honed marble, the sleek appliances with custom insets, and the bespoke tile backsplash will quickly lose their luster if the kitchen, at its heart, doesn't function well.
The whole notion of "function" goes beyond simply having a space to easily and efficiently put a meal on the table. Paul Reidt, president of Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers in Stoughton, Massachusetts, has definite views on the subject: "A great kitchen welcomes the whole range of human experience," he says. "It solves efficiency issues and supports social functions."
With this in mind, here are a few things to consider as you create your own well-designed kitchen.
Think Outside the Triangle
TIP: A series of task-specific, mini work triangles sometimes works better than a traditional single work triangle.
The ideal work area is one that is as close to an equilateral triangle as possible. Understanding that not all kitchen structures lend themselves to this (and that not everyone remembers their 8th grade geometry), the experts at the National Kitchen and Bath Association have made the following recommendations:
- Each leg of the triangle should be between 4 and 9 feet long
- Total length of all three legs of the triangle should be no fewer than 12 feet and no greater than 26 feet
- Major traffic should not flow through the triangle