Kitchens are one of the most important spaces of a home. The kitchen isn't just the space your family gathers to eat, but it's also often a place for entertaining and spending time with family. For this reason, if you're building a home, you want to make sure you are designing your kitchen with these factors in mind. Having your newly constructed home completed only to find that you either don't like the design of your kitchen or that it isn't functional, isn't a situation you want to find yourself in. Here are some kitchen design mistakes to avoid.
As a highly-functional space, it's important that you think about flow when it comes to your kitchen design. For example, when you get vegetables out the refrigerator, typically you wash them, cut them up and then put them on the stove. Design your kitchen in a manner that will allow you to complete these types of processes efficiently.
A common idea is to design a kitchen with a triangle in mind. The refrigerator, sink and stove all represent a different point of the triangle. This type of design allows you to move back and forth between these spaces easier.
Insufficient Countertop Space
When it comes to a kitchen, countertops are one of the most important components. You need countertops to store small appliances, cook and for most families, help with homework. If you have a kitchen that doesn't have enough countertop space, this can be a major problem.
As a general rule of thumb, you want to have at least 36 inches of uninterrupted countertop space for food prep, 15 inches on both sides of the refrigerator and oven and at least 18 inches on both sides of your sink. Designing your kitchen with these figures in mind will help ensure you have ample space for food prep, your appliances and anything else you need to do in your kitchen.
Too Little Storage
In addition to ample countertop space, you also want to ensure you have enough storage. This is especially the case if you prefer to keep your countertops clutter-free. Unfortunately, there is no general standard for storage space. The number of appliances you have and the size of your family is generally a great place to start.
Generally, the larger the family size, the greater the amount of storage space necessary. Additionally, if you use a lot of small appliances when cooking and you won't have a pantry in your new kitchen, you will need more storage space.
Make sure you are designing your kitchen with functionality in mind. The more functional your kitchen, the more enjoyable the kitchen will be for the entire family. Visit some local kitchen displays, such as those by Home Builder Abbey Master Builder, for more ideas.