One of the first jobs in our new house at least is to upgrade the kitchen. This is an ongoing project, and we have barely made a start, but after looking at some kitchen design ideas I thought it was a good way to kick off this blog. I hope the information here is helpful.
The layout of a kitchen is not an improvised idea, far from it. There is an area of movement with the famous triangle of activity, as well as the distances from sink to oven to fridge that need to be considered. These rules of the installation of a kitchen always need to be considered. Nicolas Sallavuard, certified architect, gives us the low down.
The flow of clean and dirty
Back from the dining room, plates and dirty dishes are placed on the worktop. Before being placed in the dishwasher, they get emptied to the trash and eventually rinsed in the sink: these three items (garbage, sink and dishwasher) must be close to each other with a simple and easy circulation. Closets, cabinets and drawers that can store clean dishes should also be near the dishwasher, so that with little effort you can remove the clean dishes and fill up with dirty ones.
The heights of the worktops and cooking appliances depends on your size. Remember however that in case of rental or resale, your successors will not necessarily be the same size as you. The work plan must be at waist height (85 to 95 cm) so you can reach the bottom of the sink without bending. The oven is placed preferably at eye level. A bar shelf should be at the height of your elbow (between 110 and 115 cm). The highest cupboards top shelf should be about 220 cm.
Large household appliances such as the oven or dishwasher, fits into a square of 60 cm, so that should be considered when working out your work plan. Also these days, kitchen designers prefer increasingly deeper apertures (65 cm) for increased comfort.
For easy movement around your kitchen, leave 70 cm minimum free to your furniture. 90 cm allow you to easily bypass a closet or an open dishwasher. 120 cm allows 2 people to work in the kitchen without bumping in to each other.
Get the light right
Even if a sink is placed in front of a window, the natural light is not usually enough. The layout should take into account the lighting required for safe working and mood lighting.
You must have general lighting a main ceiling light can do the trick, which will provide an average brightness in the entire room. Install also strong lights trained on different areas of the work area. Directional spots, arranged in wall units, are ideal.
Do not overlook also mood lighting, especially if the kitchen is open to the dining room, in which case sideboards may have china cabinet lighting, lamps and uplighters can all add to the overall room light but with a softer gentler feel.
For more kitchen design ideas, check out the House and Garden website here, and the video below has lots of useful tips.