When there’s more than one person in your kitchen do you find yourself dodging from place to place like a human pinball? Does your kitchen have enough space for food preparation and appliance storage, not to mention ample room to entertain or do homework?Is it time to re-design your kitchen?
We ask a lot from our kitchens but often fail to plan the most efficient design. If your home was built pre-1990, you may have just enough space for cooking, cleaning and preparing meals – and little else.
You want a functional kitchen and you’re not alone. In a survey conducted by Houzz.com, the second most popular motivation for a kitchen remodel was to “improve function.” Only “Improve the look at feel” rated higher.
But there’s hope when you work with the Castle Building Company!
If you are contemplating how to take your kitchen from barely functional to beyond exceptional, read our
ips to maximize kitchen efficiency.
- Understand the “kitchen work triangle.” This triangle connects the three main work areas in the kitchen: the sink, the range, and the refrigerator.
As a general rule the distance between these areas should be no less than four feet and no larger than nine feet. The sum of all three sides of the triangle should be between 13 feet and 26 feet.
- If you have a family or like to entertain, consider how having multiple people in the kitchen affects what each person can do. For instance, one of our clients couldn’t open up their dishwasher and have someone standing at the kitchen sink at the same time. The dishwasher door opened to the space where you would stand to load the cutlery drawer. It may seem like a big deal, until you consider how many times you unload the dishwasher in a day, or in a week. Only by moving the sink or the dishwasher, could the space be utilized.
Think about how the layout needs to work for the way you WANT to use the kitchen. After all, you are planning for the kitchen of your future, not making due with the one you’re dealing with right now.
- Consider what irks you about your current kitchen design. Do you lack storage in the kitchen so your hallway closet has turned into a pantry, leaving you with no place to store coats? Are you wrestling pots and pans from drawers with Jenga like precision? Do you have cabinets that everyone in your family can reach and open, or do you rely on stepstools and chairs?
- Sketch out a space for everything you currently have in your kitchen and a space for what you lack. Some examples include a pantry, space to store recyclables, an area for Fido to eat, and room for spices and baking supplies.
- Counter space and storage space are key to peace of mind. Ask the family member who cooks the most. Having enough counter space and storage are sure to be close to the top of their list. It’s similar to how a desk clear of clutter = less stress. A crowded counter is nobody’s choice. Kitchen appliances take up a lot of room. You may have a toaster oven, microwave, Keurig, Ninja, crockpot, mixer, and a food processor. If you’re like us, you may even be holding on to the breadmaker you’ve had since 1990. You may use the toaster oven and microwave every day but need to store the others out of sight. Do you have the room to do this or will your hall closet end up looking like a rummage sale?
Castle Builds understands your need for efficiency. The kitchen design of your home can work for you and your family. These are a few ideas to get your mind into makeover mode. Schedule a consultation at (303) 944-0488 so we can make your kitchen remodel a reality.
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