It’s a well-known fact kitchens are one of the key rooms that help sell a home so it makes financial sense and saves a lot of hassle later on if you get your kitchen right from the start.
Peter Mannion, Head Designer at G.J. Gardner Homes and owner of house design company Synergy Designs says the key to good kitchen design is keeping it simple and functional.
Here Peter shares his top four tips to create the perfect kitchen.
1. Functionality and the kitchen work triangle
Peter says the best way to achieve a functional kitchen is to use the kitchen work triangle concept to determine an efficient kitchen layout. The primary tasks in a home kitchen are carried out between the cooktop, the sink and the refrigerator and these three points and the imaginary lines between them make up what kitchen experts call the work triangle. What you are aiming for is to be able to stand in the middle of the kitchen work triangle and be in easy reach of these three points. By doing this, you will not be walking from one end of the kitchen to the other when preparing and cooking food, making the experience in the kitchen much more enjoyable.
2. Kitchen Zones
One of the hot ticket items in modern kitchens is a butler’s pantry, according to Peter. Including a butler’s pantry to the side of the kitchen allows the kitchen to be clutter-free and orderly, which is especially important in open-plan house design.A butler’s pantry can hide bulky appliances such as a dishwasher and can include an extra sink – features that are important for busy families and those who like to entertain. Butler’s pantries provide extra cupboard space, which creates additional space in the kitchen and ensures everyday kitchen items are out of sight.
3. Keep lines clean and simple
Peter says straight lines work well in kitchens and improve the overall flow, making a kitchen appear tidy and clean and cutting down on maintenance. Avoiding ornate, complex design and having a clean galley line with no dead corners saves on construction costs and ensures the kitchen won’t go out of style quickly.
4. Easy-access storage
Plan your kitchen storage carefully to allow for easy access when you are busy cooking. Peter says clever design features like slide-out drawers save you bending down to access kitchen items. It’s also important to ensure microwaves and ovens are positioned at the correct ergonomic height to make life in the kitchen easier.