Welcome to Our Kitchen Design Page
How Bad Design Can Affect Your Life in the Kitchen!
You are about to set out on one of the most intimidating experiences you’ll ever encounter as a homeowner, the design or remodeling of a kitchen.
For most homeowners kitchen designing or the (kitchen remodel) will be an intimidating experience. It all begins with the designer. One of the most prevalent misconceptions is that you don’t need to understand the process of cooking to design a proper kitchen. Rarely, if ever, is a designer asked if he or she knows how to cook. And yet, the kitchen is a complex space—so complex, in fact, that it deserves the services of a specialist. Food for thought.
We spend our lives in kitchens that are familiar and comfortable, yet waste a good bit of our time with their inefficiency. The process of designing a kitchen must go hand-in-hand with a thorough understanding of the process of cooking. Only then can you achieve a kitchen that is a pleasure to cook in and that cooks well. Your kitchen should also be an intimate environment that allows you to have a heart-to-heart talk with someone, and a place where you can spend quality time with other individuals. Any kitchen “worth its salt” should function and feel like a well-designed workshop. It should offer intelligent traffic flow patterns, a smartly organized layout, and all the appropriate tools. The best kitchens marry workshop efficiency to a warm, personal, attractive environment. When any of these elements is missing, the kitchen ceases to be comfortable and cooking becomes just plain hard work.
You feel as though you’re at the mercy of your designer, your architect, your contractor, and your cabinetmaker. Adding to that stress is the fact you’re about to invest a considerable amount of money, and you will have to live with the results. Will your investment get you a kitchen that not only looks good but works as well?
Any number of books and magazines on the market today can tell you how to put together an attractive kitchen. A beautiful looking kitchen is important, but for people who love to cook, aesthetics are only one half of the story.
Appliances Drive the Design
The most important element of kitchen design is appliances, appliances, and more appliances. Today, we speak in terms of cook-tops and ovens, toaster ovens, microwaves, convection ovens, and combination microwave/convection ovens. With the advent of more modern options, such as built-in grills, deep fryers, woks, and steamers, leads to cooking many different ethnic foods with greater ease. Few people realize that poor appliances can render a magnificent kitchen nonfunctional when cooking for more than four people. So I cannot stress enough: The limitations of your equipment determine the menu for the life of your kitchen. When you are designing your kitchen, keep in mind not only what appliances you need but also how they will be used.
I am going to cover the five basic counter surfaces. I will start from the most economical to the most expensive surfaces. Another overlooked piece of the puzzle is the use of small appliances. These little workhorses of our modern day kitchen let the home chef spend less time as a slave to the meal and more time enjoying the meal along with friends and family. Today, special appliances are geared for just about any requirement the home chef has in mind. Adding a second sink (one for prep work and the other for clean-up) becomes a must. The two-sink design, when spaced properly, splits the workload and allows for separate flow patterns
The Subsystem Approach
As rational human beings, we derive great pleasure from creating order out of chaos. We try to break down a process to a series of steps. We try to develop a system. Think of the kitchen as just such a system—i.e., one demanding order, but flexible enough to be versatile. Think of cooking as a process that must be broken down step-by-step.
Refrigeration; Cold Storage
Cold food storage is, essentially, no different than dry food storage. Refrigerator manufacturers like to have you think in terms of cubic feet. Resist. Think instead in terms of shelf space. By doing so you’ll be much better able to assess your needs and find the appliance that addresses those needs. The market is filled with special cold storage appliances from a refrigerated drawer to built-in wine coolers.
Cabinetry and Dry Storage
Cabinetry can also dominate a kitchen design budget. It generally represents between 25-50% of a kitchen’s total cost. There are basically four types of cabinetry on the market today: stock modular, semi-custom modular, custom modular, and custom millwork. . Let’s look at them one at a time, from the least to the most expensive. Let's take a look at the types of cabinets used in the kitchen design
Whether your kitchen is tiny or spacious, tools and equipment that you use daily should literally be at your fingertips in order to save you time and energy. The problem arises when you have a kitchen with limited counter space and you must keep the countertop clear of appliance clutter in order to work. Having all the little gadgets available at any given moment translates to joyful and efficient food preparation.
How do you get the kitchen you want?
You can start by exploring your needs and by asking yourself and then your designer or builder a variety of questions.
Start by making a list. Here are a few examples:
- What size kitchen do I need and want?
- How many people do I cook for daily?
- How many people do I want to cook for on an informal basis? On a formal basis?
- Will my kitchen work in tandem with the number of people my dining room seats?
- What kind of appliances do I want? Do I need?
- Is my kitchen the central hub of the house?
- Do you have any children that will be cooking?
- Is there going to be a cook’s nook (built-in desk area)?
A Kitchen is More Than the Sum of its Parts.
I Design Kitchens Based On Your Skill Level and Your Budget
Cooking is a process that includes time and preparation, and they must go hand-in-hand for a successful soufflé.
Like a soufflé, a designer and homeowner must work together to achieve a work of art. You want someone who will consider such issues as where the microwave is in relation to the refrigerator, and whether you can sauté and bake at the same time. You want someone who understands what poaching and grilling are all about. Finding the right kitchen designer is not simply a matter of finding someone who simply understands budgets and material lists. If cooking is a priority to you, the key to finding the right designer or builder is asking the question "Do you cook?” I have, time and time again, for as few as 1 and up to crowds of 50. Timing and layout makes for a fun filled party of 50 or a disaster if not well prepared. And a kitchen layout not suited for the needs at hand, well, it just won’t cut the mustard!