The look of the kitchen cabinetry continues into the adjoining butler’s pantry, which serves as a transition space for the formal dining room. Counter space here is ideal for serving a meal or as a spot for additional helpers during meal prep. There’s just enough room in the narrow space for a bistro table, where two can enjoy coffee and a snack.
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- 1.Measure all the walls of the kitchen for length and height as well as the general perimeter shape.
- 2.Measure the existing cabinet lengths, depths and heights.
- 3.Measure the height and width of the existing doors and windows and note their location in the room.
- 4.Draw the general perimeter shape of the kitchen on a piece of paper to scale using the architectural scale and triangles Most residential floor plans are drawn at a quarter-inch or an eighth-inch scale.
- 5.Draw in the location of the existing sink, cook top range and refrigerator.
- 6.Research what style you want your U-shaped kitchen to look like. Look at magazines and visit show rooms for ideas.
- 7.Consider the traffic that moves throughout your house and what role the kitchen plays in your movement through the house.
- 8.Design the U-shaped kitchen so that the work triangle of the sink, cook top range and refrigerator is comfortable. The sides of each of the three legs should add up to between 12 and 26 feet.
- 9.Create a path in your U-shaped kitchen design from the sink on one wall to the cook top range on another wall and the refrigerator on the last wall.
Designing A Comfortable Space
- 10.Locate the refrigerator so that the door can swing clear and possibly give two people access to reach in at the same time. Do not locate it up against a corner or blocking the entrance door to the kitchen.
- 11.Draw the sink underneath a window if possible. Often the sink is located first and the other items are placed around it.
- 12.Place the sink so that you have at least 36 inches on one side and 24 inches on the other side to allow for a place to put dishes. This will also give you room to locate the dishwasher underneath the counter next to the sink.
- 13.Locate the cook top range on an exterior wall if possible. This will allow for an easy installation of the hood and ventilation system.
- 14.Once you’ve designed your U-shaped kitchen you can take the plans to a professional to get an estimate on how much it will cost to build.
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For most people, kitchen design is all about updating the appliances and cabinetry in the kitchen. But for me, it is all about getting down to the drawing board and creating a new layout altogether. The entire flow of the kitchen should change when you remodel it.
The focus should be to improvise on the functionality while keeping the aesthetic part in mind. There are some really old tried and tested kitchen design plans that work. You should choose one from amongst these based on the size and shape of your kitchen.
For long and narrow kitchens
If you have a long and narrow kitchen then you might want to opt for the one wall kitchen design. This is one of the most effective and inexpensive designs. Unlike the kitchen triangle, which is a very popular design this one has a linear design. It paves way for smooth functioning and flow of work in the kitchen.
But if you want to maximize the storage space, then this is not the very best design. You might have to use the L shaped design plans along with this one.
The classic triangle
The classic triangle is undoubtedly one of the most famous kitchen designs to have been ever invented. A triangle is formed with the sink, the oven/stove and the refrigerator at each ends. The distance between these three is maintained at optimum levels. Several designs like the corridor design use the classic kitchen triangle to maximize its effectiveness. It brings in more storage space into the kitchen.
The L shaped design
The L shaped design is perfect for large kitchens that always seem crowded. It does away with the storage woes completely and the most important part is that it still uses the classic kitchen triangle.
The next step in planning your new kitchen is to plan enough storage to suit your needs. As already explained in Kitchen Shapes, different shapes of kitchens automatically provide different amounts of storage space. However, there are a lot more possibilities and styles than you might think. In this section storage solutions will be discussed and useful tips will be given to make the most of even the smallest of spaces.
It is obvious that the bigger the worktop, the more you can store below it. After you have planned the position of your sink, fridge and hob/oven, the rest of the space below the worktop is yours to play with, because cupboards are not the only option.
Storage below the worktop is especially handy for heavy items such as electrical equipment and heavy pots, pans and oven dishes. Think about how many of those items you have and how much storage space you have to give to those items. Remember to leave enough room for expansion as in the future you will buy more utensils and the items you already have will take up more space than you think!
Products like bottles of wine and vegetables that don’t need to go in the fridge will also need their space beneath the worktop. Think of different ways to store them than the usual cupboard. For bottles for example a cupboard doesn’t really work, as you can’t see the bottles in the back of your cupboard. Think of a cabinet that you can pull out or maybe a pullout trolley. If you are a big wine lover you can think of special shelves to put your wine on display.
Vegetables must be kept in a dry place to prevent them from early decay so don’t store them too close to an oven or a hob. Wicker baskets will give a rustic accent to you kitchen and will keep your vegetables dry and dark.
Most of your cutlery will be stored below the worktop as well. Try to store your cutlery close to the dishwasher or sink for quick storage after cleaning. Drawers are still the best storage option for cutlery, but you may find it handy to keep you ladles and wooden spoons in a jar on your worktop. Knives can be kept at a magnetic knife holder that you can attach to your wall or in a separate knife-block on your worktop. Make sure though that your worktop is free from too much clutter as this will give your kitchen a messy look. Read the rest of this entry »