get in the zone

Timber Home Living - - Inside Style -

THE “KITCHEN TRI­AN­GLE” — the holy grail of de­sign that places the stove, re­frig­er­a­tor and sink at each point of that tri­an­gle — is no longer ideal. This con­fig­u­ra­tion was cre­ated to make it easy for one per­son to flow ef­fort­lessly be­tween the kitchen’s key com­po­nents. But put sev­eral peo­ple in this space and you’ll just be in each other’s way. So now smart kitchen de­sign­ers are re­or­ga­niz­ing the kitchen into zones.

For ex­am­ple, the prep zone has its own ded­i­cated sink sep­a­rate from the dish sink. The bak­ing zone has two ovens and a wood or mar­ble sur­face for work­ing dough. A serv­ing zone pro­vides am­ple room for large gath­er­ings and food dis­play. A kitchen li­brary, some­what re­moved from the ac­tion, boasts book­cases, a small desk and data ports. And spe­cialty zones like grilling sta­tions, pizza ovens, built in fry­ers, etc., serve the res­i­dent chef’s pas­sions.

Allen Hol­comb, pres­i­dent of MossCreek, a Knoxville, Tennessee-based de­sign firm, says that ev­ery­one wants an over­sized is­land th­ese days, whether it’s to whip up a big meal or serve as a fam­ily gath­er­ing spot.

“Th­ese kitchens are too large to main­tain the tra­di­tional ‘work tri­an­gle,’” he ex­plains. “To add func­tion, think about re­frig­er­ated draw­ers, veg­etable sinks and a mi­crowave in an is­land drawer to al­low more ef­fi­cient ca­sual cooking.”

Allen gives his clients this sim­ple but sage ad­vice: “The most im­por­tant thing is to match ‘your’ style of cooking. Whether you are South­ern, Kosher, Ital­ian, etc., your cooking style should de­ter­mine the nu­ances of your kitchen’s de­sign. Think about your cooking process and how to max­i­mize every step.”

DOWN ON THE FARM. This cozy kitchen oozes farm­house charm. White, hand­dis­tressed cab­i­netry and golden buck­skin sand­stone coun­ters har­mo­nize with the sub­tle, creamy faux fin­ish on the walls. Re­claimed wood over­head echoes the an­tique heart pine hard­wood...

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