Planning The Perfect Kitchen

Kitchen Design Kit

The Synergy Kitchen Design Kit will help you to achieve the best results for your new kitchen layout

The kitchen design kit consists of:
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5 Kitchen Zones
Non Consumables
Better Ergonomics
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Optimal Access
More quaility of motion
Sufficient storage space

By applying DYNAMIC SPACE to the kitchen

planning process you can be assured of vastly improved ergonomics and optimum levels

of comfort.


1. Plan sufficient storage space

Individual storage space requirements should be

determined before kitchen planning takes place.


2. Plan in five kitchen zones

Shorter travelling distances and optimised workflows are achieved by planning in five kitchen

zones (Consumables, Non-consumables, Cleaning,

Preparation and Cooking).


3. Avoid fixed shelves in lower cabinets

From an ergonomic standpoint, fixed shelves in

base cabinets are counter-productive Storage

items can often only be retrieved from an uncomfortable position.


4. Select full extensions with an inner dividing  system

Full extensions enable easy access to storage

items. Inner dividing systems provide organisation

and items are easy to locate.


5. Only consider high-quality fitting solutions

Good fittings provide easy opening and silent and

effortless closing - for the lifetime of the furniture.

This completes total comfort in the kitchen.

In addition to the kit, we have listed essential things to consider when designing your kitchen. 

           Basic Kitchen Design Info
Traditional kitchen design was based on the work triangle. The three main work areas are food storage, food preparation, and the clean-up area. In addition to this, you need to consider storage for the non-consumables such as eating utensils, pots and pans etc. The sketch below indicates the recommended distances between the different stations

Remember that too small may make the area too cramped to work comfortably in, and too big can result in an inefficient work place. The trend towards large appliances has made it more of a challenge to fit everything in and still allow enough room to comfortably circulate

Tip - Don't underestimate the depth of any of the refrigerators. The space required to open doors back far enough to remove shelves and the implication of getting into the adjacent cupboards
Zonal kitchen design is based on the number of work zones and their interaction to each other when we are preparing and storing food

Factors that have lead to a change in kitchen layouts is that cooking is now often a shared activity whereas 20 years ago, there was usually only the "housewife" preparing meals.  Nowadays, it is very common for 2 or more to be involved in cooking at the same time.  Also, there are a lot more appliances used in food preparation and cooking.  All these require easy storage and access.  Our lifestyles have changed and entertaining is a lot more casual, with the "chef" often on display.  No longer is the kitchen an isolated room - it is the central focus of the house

            Basic Kitchen Layout Ideas
Modern kitchens are designed to fit in with our lifestyles.  If it is a new kitchen within an existing house, there will be restrictions based on the existing room layout, doors, windows etc.  Existing plumbing and electrical locations should be considered as they can sometimes be costly to relocate.  If it is a new house, it is easier to incorporate more of your design requirements.  Some of the basic kitchen layouts are as follows:

The Galley Kitchen
This usually occurs where there are two parallel walls that are 2.5 - 3 metres apart.  It's effectiveness is dependant upon whether or not it is a thoroughfare and how many people are involved in cooking at the same time

The U - Shaped Kitchen
This is a traditional shape for a kitchen deign as it is usually the most efficient when it comes to the distance walked between work stations.  Most suitable when there is only one cook

The Peninsula Kitchen
This is a U shape kitchen that usually opens into a family room/dining room. It could have a raised serving area

The L-Shaped Kitchen
This shape is good in a large room as it allows you to group equipment without travelling long distances between work stations and works well if there will be more than one person cooking at the same time

The Single Wall Kitchen
This shape is used mostly when "appearances" are very important.  It is used more often in apartment/condo living.  This works best when the storage is kept above countertop height with appliances kept below to maximize countertop space

Addition of an Island
An island will work well with any of the above designs depending upon the additional space you require circulating around it and still allowing for appliances to open etc.  It not only allows extra counter space but in the more open planned living areas it provides a social place for guests to be part of the cooking experience
In order to achieve the best layout for you and your family it will be necessary to do some homework. You need to prepare a check list covering such topics as how you wish to use your kitchen, the mood or "feel" that you wish your new kitchen to achieve and what structural restrictions you have to your space

            A brief checklist:

How do you entertain?
Casual / Formal / Regularly / Rarely

How many and how old are the family members?
No. of adults / under 5 / 6 to 12 years / teenagers / young adults

Are the people using the kitchen left or right handed?

What methods of cooking do you most often use in the main kitchen area?
Frying / Grilling / Baking / Microwave 

What hand appliances do you use and how frequently?
Blender / Juicer / Coffee Machine / Toaster / Kettle / Griller / Sandwich Toaster
How often do you shop?
Daily / Biweekly / Weekly / Monthly

What sort of food items do you mainly purchase on these outings?
Non Perishables / Fruit and Vegetables / Meat

What sort of seating do you require within this space and will it be stools or chairs?

Preparation seating / Snack seating / Dining seating / and for how many

Do you prefer the following setup?
A flat breakfast bar / Raised serving area / Casual eating area / A separate formal area

How much do you recycle and what separate dedicated space for the waste items?
Organic -wet / glass / paper / general / other

What other facilities would you ideally like to incorporate in this area?
Radio / T.V / Phone / Phone books / Computer / Notice pin board / Message board

Do you also need to incorporate additional storage for other items?
Brooms / Dustpans / Cleaning products / Ironing board/  Vacuum / Medical drugs etc

Eronomic Requirements