Timber Home Living - - Special Design Section -

1 To­day’s kitchen is hailed as the so­cial epi­cen­ter of the mod­ern home, play­ing host to all ac­tiv­i­ties from fam­ily break­fasts to elab­o­rate din­ner par­ties, so it’s all about func­tion. While you’re plan­ning, an­a­lyze how you’ll use each nook and cranny so you don’t end up with cab­i­net sizes and shapes that you don’t need. And be sure to give some thought to where the trash re­cep­ta­cle should go. That tends to be an over­looked com­po­nent of kitchen de­sign. 2

Don’t be se­duced by beau­ti­ful fix­tures at the ex­pense of func­tion­al­ity, sug­gests Salant. “The most im­por­tant thing is to de­sign the room so you can fix a meal eas­ily. Keep the sink, stove and re­frig­er­a­tor in close prox­im­ity so you don’t criss­cross the room to cook.”

3 Lip­pert’s rec­om­men­da­tions are of a prac­ti­cal na­ture. He ad­vises clients to in­clude a built-in desk and shelves as a place to plan meals and store cook­books. Even bet­ter: Add a com­puter for easy ac­cess to In­ter­net recipes.

4 When it comes to kitchen-is­land de­sign, Carr of­fers this ad­vice: “An is­land (prefer­ably about 4 by 8 feet) should in­clude a small prep sink but no cook­top or other ap­pli­ances to break up the coun­ter­top sur­face. This will max­i­mize space avail­able for food prepa­ra­tion.”

5 “Make the kitchen large enough to ac­com­mo­date two cooks, with at least 5 feet be­tween the stove, is­land and coun­ters so peo­ple can pass each other with­out bump­ing,” says Kyl­loe.

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