Planning a kitchen for purpose and pleasure

If you are planning to get into gourmet cooking, experimenting with new and exotic meals for the family and throwing dinner parties, then you’ll want a highly functional kitchen with plenty of storage space and up-to-date appliances.

If several members of the family are going to be using the kitchen at the same time then space becomes a priority.

One of the most important things in kitchen design is the ‘work triangle’, with the sink, the cook-top and the refrigerator at the three points. The total walking distance on a round of the points should be between seven and 10 metres, depending on the number of people you expect to be working in the kitchen at any one time.

Once you have assembled your ideas, work with your builder, architect or designer on you plan, its effect on other parts of the home, and your ideal materials. Try to get these decisions made early and stick to them. People who change their minds halfway through a project often face delays and extra costs.

A carefully planned kitchen will be a pleasure for the enthusiastic cook, make life more convenient for the family and add value to the home.

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