KITCHEN PROBLEM SOLVED
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.’