Author Brenna Malmberg
Anne Ellard March 5, 2017
Houzz Australia Contributor. Kitchen designer at Kitchens by Kathie in Brisbane, Australia. I strongly believe that above all else, the most important thing when designing a kitchen is creating something that the client loves!
Here is an article from “HOUZZ” that I think anyone planning a new kitchen can benefit from. Quite often people will consider the aesthetic properties of a new design and not forgo functionality until it is too late. This article gives great pointers for how to calculate function to form.
Stash It All: Know the 3 Zones of Kitchen Storage
Organize the right amount of storage around the kitchen’s main activities for easier cooking and flow
Steven Randel April 14, 2016
Houzz Contributor. California licensed architect specializing in residential projects throughout the state, keynote speaker, and author of the upcoming book “The Realtors’ Guide to Home Styles: How to Understand What Clients Really Want & Match Them To Their Dream House”.
“How much space do I need?” This question leads to decisions on where you want to live, what type of home fits you and how you remodel. The trick is to assess what you own and decide how you will store it for convenient access. Carefully consider this challenge because poorly organized spaces often become daily irritations, impeding the pleasure of being at home. Kitchens top the list of rooms in which you need to get your storage right.
Michael Fullen Design Group
A contemporary high-end kitchen features open display storage.
The kitchen deserves special attention because it is home to a long list of items, some of which cycle in and out of the house. Requirements vary widely, so kitchen organization principles, combined with your household type, are the common threads.
Consider grouping your storage around three primary activity areas: the refrigerator, the sink and the range.
- The Refrigerator Center The refrigerator center serves as a receiving and initial food-preparation point in the kitchen layout. It is best positioned near the entrance from the direction of grocery arrival. Even if this arrangement is not the case in your kitchen, considering this function can help you determine how to begin organizing your space.A countertop next to or across from your refrigerator is the ideal spot for setting down grocery bags. This position allows immediate transfer of cold items to the fridge and freezer, and storage of staples, canned goods, condiments, cereal boxes and other dry food items in nearby cabinets or a nearby pantry.Easy access to your staples for initial food preparation helps make the job go faster and easier. Since your staples are placed here, plan to have this same area hold mixers and mixing bowls and their preparation utensils, such as measuring spoons and cups along with sifters, graters, salad molds, cake tins, pie plates and
The refrigerator center is also the ideal spot for the can opener, food processor, coffee and bread makers, and other small appliances you use with dry goods.
Appliance garages such as this one help eliminate countertop clutter near the refrigerator station. Cookbooks can be anywhere in the kitchen, but the refrigerator center is a good location since cookbooks are used in initial food prep. Place a small bookshelf in a place where it will remain dry but be within reach, as shown here.
Consider placing brooms, dustpans and mops in a pantry or small closet near your refrigerator center.
This table offers a rough starting point for planning storage around the refrigerator. Mix and match ideas to adapt it to your lifestyle.
Pantry and dry food storage. Allow at least 16 cubic feet for storing dry groceries. Pantry pullout cabinets begin at about 24 cubic feet, while dedicated closet pantries begin at about 72 cubic feet (a space that’s 3 feet square by 8 feet tall).
Initial food prep equipment and tools. Start with wall and base cabinets of at least 24 inches in width. Bigger families and collectors need to begin with at least 42 inches in width.
Refrigeration. The smallest fridge starts at about 10 cubic feet of food storage space. Top-of-the-line units start at about 25 cubic feet of refrigerated food storage space.
Small appliances, occasional vases, bowls and trays. Minimalists begin with 12 inches in width of wall and base cabinets, while big families may want to start with 36 inches.
- The Sink Center The sink center should be between the refrigerator and the range center, or cooking area, for maximum efficiency. Since sinks get the most use and traffic of any spot in the kitchen, centrally located sinks and dishwashers work best.Plan to have the most uncluttered countertop space in the sink center. The area in and around sinks is used for food-preparation tasks involving cleaning and cutting, as well as washing and cleaning up after meals. Place trash and recycling containers strategically so that tidy disposal happens effortlessly.Storage at sink centers includes places for everyday flatware, dishes and glassware, as well as activities involving waste management, dishtowel placement and storage, cleaning supplies, polishing and drying.
Place cutting boards and knives at a midpoint between the sink and refrigerator so you can easily access items from the refrigerator, cut and chop as necessary, and dispose of the remnants to the sink center, which holds the refuse containers.
Most people store drinking glasses in wall cabinets near the sink and dishwasher, which works well, but drawers designed to hold glassware offer another solution and can make access more convenient. In any case, maintain a location convenient to the sink and dishwasher for your glassware and everyday dishes.
When organizing your kitchen, look for ways to store items related to each other, such as mugs near the coffee station, as shown here.
Sink, dishwasher and cleaning supplies. Minimalists can find sinks as small as 12 inches in width and dishwashers at 18 inches in width. Big families may require two 24-inch-wide dishwashers and a 36-inch sink.
Dishes, glasses and flatware. The smallest kitchen needs at least 18 inches in width of wall and base cabinets, while gourmet cooks and large families should begin with 42 inches in width of upper and lower cabinets.
Cutlery, cutting boards and small appliances. Minimalists begin with 12 inches in width of wall and base cabinets, while big families should begin with 42 inches.
Trash and recycling. Depending on how you recycle, compost and dispose, begin with 12 inches in width of base cabinets and go up to 36 inches in width for a big household.
- The Range Center Two configurations, a range or a cooktop with wall ovens, comprise the range center, where cooking food and preparation for serving takes place. Place these functions toward or near the dining room. Anything that involves the cooking process needs to be within the range center. Ovens with ample countertop space next to or closely across from them provide a spot to set down hot items quickly. In immediate and obvious proximity to the range center, put potholders and other items that aid in handling hot cookware. Also use this location to transfer cooked food to serving dishes. Plan to store platters, bowls and other equipment used to get food to the table around the range center.
Consider dedicating a cabinet for cookware frequently used on the stovetop, and another cabinet with cookware more commonly used in the oven. Place warming appliances in this area to allow convenient transfer of food to your serving dishes. Breadboards and bread bins work well in the range center. Small appliances that belong in the range zone include toasters, waffle irons, bread makers and portable grills.
Spice storage, pots and pans, and cooking utensils placed immediately around cooking equipment ensure convenient and intuitive access to the tools and staples you need in meal preparation. Personal preference determines whether you want to place these items in upper shelves or cabinets, as in the previous photo, or in drawers and pullout cabinets that are below eye level, as shown here. Either can work, so decide what is best for you and conforms to your design aesthetic.
Cooking surfaces. While a New York City apartment dweller may be able to get by with a tiny 12-inch-wide two-burner cooktop, big families will need at least 36-inch-wide ranges or cooktops, and some may go as wide as 60 inches.
Microwaves. These ovens can be found in 24-inch widths for minimalists, while some units are built into double-oven arrangements that need 30 inches in width.
Cookware, bakeware and small appliances. Small abodes need at least 24 inches in width of wall and base cabinets, while big families begin with at least 60 inches in width.
Serving pieces, tableware and table linens. Minimalists need at least a 12-inch width in base cabinets, while a big household needs at least 36 inches in width.
Consider the three-center concept flexible, and use it as a starting point to organize your kitchen depending on how you plan to use it. For example, you may want to have a spot in the kitchen for young children to safely contribute, or you may set up your space to suit multiple cooks. The key is to organize items so that they are placed in an obvious location and can be easily accessed for the coordinating activity.
An efficient transitional-style kitchen has closed storage lining every wall.
The number of people and cooks in your household will drive many of your kitchen storage choices. Consider four common scenarios:
• The Minimalist: Those with efficient and concise lifestyles, such as urban dwellers and singles
• The Starter Houzzer: Those just beginning homemaking and still adding to housewares
• The Empty Nester: Those who downsize but still have plenty of things they want to keep
• The Big Family: Those with a houseful of children of all ages, lots of stuff to stow or a resident gourmet cook
The Minimalist Kitchen
From left to right, the refrigerator begins this one-wall kitchen, followed by a pantry cabinet. Next, a dishwasher and small sink provide an efficient cleanup space, with open shelving for everyday dinner and glassware artistically displayed. A small cooktop and wall oven frame the right-hand end of the scheme. High ceilings allow an extra bank of cabinets above average reach, which can be accessed when necessary with a stepladder.
The Starter Kitchen
Efficient but thorough should be your thoughts when putting together a starter kitchen. This example has a simple 30-inch-wide range and a built-in microwave oven strategically placed next to the fridge. The U-shape provides an efficient work triangle but allows enough space for a couple of cooks to work together.
The Empty-Nest Kitchen
In an urban neighborhood of Philadelphia, this kitchen provides plenty of glamour and upscale finishes for the empty nest of these owners. Spaces and features are generous but not oversized.
The Big Family Kitchen
This kitchen begins with a large built-in refrigerator with an ice and water dispenser. A microwave and coffee maker come next before transitioning to the cooking center, which hosts a double oven and warming drawer, and a large professional-grade cooktop to the far right. The sink and dishwasher in the island complete the work triangle positioned comfortably between the cooking and refrigerator centers.
September 28, 2016 by Guest Author
People spend a lot of time in the kitchen these days. Preparing meals, eating meals, and cleaning up the mess after meals is very time consuming. But more than this, the kitchen is, and always has been, a place of gathering. Family members tend to congregate in the heart of the home for more than just eating, so our kitchens should be both comfortable and beautiful to make our time spent here more enjoyable.
These popular trends for kitchen design in 2016 are popping up in kitchen remodels as well as in many new construction homes.
Kitchen colors are softening to a more muted palette. Grays, charcoals, pale blues, pale greens, and tinted whites are replacing the traditional white. When it comes to the wood of cabinets, 2016 is bringing lighter tones such as walnut, white oak, and whitewashed woods. Accent colors are also toned down with muted greens, blues, and pale yellows popping in for color.
Metal is edging its way into taking up more and more real estate in kitchens. Metal pendant lights, cabinet pulls, and faucets have been around for the past year or so and are still going strong. And metal is making even bigger statements in 2016 with many wooden hoods being replaced for metal hoods, giving kitchens a nice contrast.
Smart technology is a hot new home amenity this year and is making every aspect of our lives easier and more convenient. So why not bring that technology into the kitchen? Hidden charging stations for phones and tablets make accessing recipes much more convenient. State-of-the-art appliances with smart technology, like refrigerators with cameras or ovens you can control from your phone, are making their way into more and more kitchens.
More and more homes are being designed with open floor plans that combine the kitchen and living area into one big space. Open spaces make the area seem larger, while allowing for an easy and smooth flow. This means that living spaces and kitchen decorations need to coordinate.
Texture-on-texture designs provide a beautiful contrast in a kitchen. The same texture is used more than once throughout the kitchen, but in a different pattern each time. This creates a rich and interesting look as different materials are repositioned in different ways throughout the kitchen.
Backsplashes are an easy way to update a kitchen, and the perfect place to add a pop of personality. Custom backsplashes in bold patterns and colors are very popular this year. Another popular trend this year is using the same texture material, but in different patterns for a customized look.
Set the mood to match your meal. In addition to recessed can lights, cabinet lighting adds a unique and elegant touch to a kitchen. Low-voltage light tape strips under cabinets, above cabinets, and within cabinets add a sophisticated accent. You can even use these lights under countertop overhangs.
Quartz is the material of choice for countertops right now. Less expensive than granite, but often just as beautiful, quartz is making its way into more and more kitchens. Neutral colors are still king when it comes to countertops.
Mixing and Matching
More and more kitchens are combining different colors in their cabinetry for a unique look. Contrasting colors, like white cabinets above and gray/brown cabinets below create an interesting and customized look. Not only that, but the contrasting colors make some items appear like standalone custom furniture pieces.
Everything… PLUS the Kitchen Sink
We typically picture white or stainless steel when we think of sinks, but bright colors are beginning to replace the traditional kitchen sink. The convenient hands-free faucets are making their way into more and more kitchens as well.
While a large beautiful new kitchen is just one of the many things buyers look forward to most when building a new home, you can never overestimate the importance of having a great kitchen. New homes incorporate many important elements into their kitchen designs, giving new homeowners the chance to have the kitchen of their dreams.
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