Traditionally, the kitchen has always been the heart of any home; a place to nourish your family and friends. The modern kitchen can still fulfill this role, but careful planning and design is needed, to ensure that the kitchen can be both functional and beautiful. These days, a kitchen can add significant value to a home and it must always be approached as an investment. Here are four tops tips to create a better kitchen that will be a joy to use and increase the sales potential of your home.
1. Wide Walkways
Wherever possible, make the walkways in your kitchen as wide as you can. A kitchen is a high traffic area in your home, and additional space is always welcome. The paths into and through your kitchen should be at least 92 cm wide. The paths in and around the cooking zone should be at least 106 cm wide in a single cook kitchen and 122 cm wide in a double cooking configuration. When you plan out your kitchen, bear these measurements in mind and place any kitchen islands accordingly.
2. Watch Those Corners
In order to make sure your appliance and cabinet doors will work as intended, space must be planned for their clearance. There must be enough room for clearance and to keep the swing direction clear in your kitchen design. Appliances should not be located in corners and care should be exercised to ensure that cabinet doors cannot bang into each other if they are open/opened at the same time.
3. Establish the Function of Your Island
A kitchen island or peninsula is a fantastic way to add functionality and a touch of class. However, many people donít have a clear idea of how their kitchen island is going to be used when designing and an opportunity is wasted. The function of the kitchen island should be clear. Will it be used for cooking on? Is the primary function an additional eating space? If the island will be used for both eating and cooking, sufficient space must be left between the areas for safety.
4. Knife Storage
Many professional kitchens store their knives and other sharp implements on magnetic strips that are placed near the backsplash. In a domestic kitchen, this looks fantastic, but itís also very practical from a safety aspect. The right knife for the job at hand can be located quickly and easy without scrabbling through a drawer. Also, the knives are located safely out of the reach of very small children.
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