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
- Link to Dynamic Space Website where you can learn all about the latest concept
in kitchen design. There you will also find an interactive design tool to assist you in designing the perfect kitchen.
- Elevations of
a model kitchen to demonstrate the most common sizes and relevant gaps between the countertop and overhead cabinets of a
kitchen. There are 2 heights displayed and are meant to act as a guide to help determine the modules best suited for your kitchen.
Factors that may influence the choice are ceiling heights, budget, and the preferred appearance required
- A step-by-stepmeasuring guide with a grid plan worksheet to sketch your room dimensions and current layout if applicable
- Ergonomic design
requirements to help you layout your kitchen cabinets
By applying DYNAMIC SPACE to the kitchen
planning process you can be assured of vastly improved ergonomics and optimum levels
Plan sufficient storage space
Individual storage space requirements should be
determined before kitchen planning takes place.
Plan in five kitchen zones
Shorter travelling distances and optimised workflows are achieved by planning in five kitchen
Preparation and Cooking).
3. Avoid fixed shelves in lower cabinets
From an ergonomic standpoint, fixed
base cabinets are counter-productive Storage
items can often only be retrieved from an uncomfortable position.
full extensions with an inner dividing system
Full extensions enable easy access to storage
items. Inner dividing systems provide
and items are easy to locate.
5. Only consider high-quality fitting solutions
Good fittings provide easy opening 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
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
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
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
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
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
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