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PROB­LEM: Although our homes may not nec­es­sar­ily be get­ting big­ger, our kitchens are, which can equal a space that’s too spread out to be ef­fi­cient.

SO­LU­TION: “Peo­ple th­ese days are de­sign­ing the size of their kitchen to ac­com­mo­date the large crowd they host maybe half a dozen times a year,” says Re­becca Gul­lion Lindquist, a cer­ti­fied master kitchen and bath de­signer. “While that’s im­por­tant, it’s cru­cial to cre­ate a space that’s com­fort­able and ef­fi­cient for the pri­mary cook who uses the kitchen ev­ery day.” To do this, you still need to fol­low some sort of kitchen tri­an­gle for­mula to cre­ate an easy flow of traf­fic be­tween the fridge, sink, stove and even­tu­ally to your kitchen ta­ble. The most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is that the perime­ter of your tri­an­gle should mea­sure no more than 26 feet.

A smart way to main­tain a com­pact work tri­an­gle in a larger kitchen is with a kitchen is­land. Con­sider plac­ing ei­ther the cleanup cen­ter (sink and dishwasher) or the cook top on the side of the is­land clos­est to the work core. Or, if you have room, in­cor­po­rate two is­lands. If you opt for two is­lands, you can turn one of them into a com­pletely sep­a­rate sta­tion, out of the way from the pri­mary tri­an­gle.

One of the most im­por­tant el­e­ments to think about in a large kitchen is per­sonal space. In­te­grate seat­ing for a com­fort­able gath­er­ing spot that puts fam­ily and friends in close enough prox­im­ity that they feel like they’re part of the ac­tion, but not un­der­foot. “Snack bars and counter seat­ing are a good way to achieve this,” says Lindquist. “If you don’t pro­vide that des­ig­nated space, you’re al­ways go­ing to have peo­ple in your way.’

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