Last week we discussed kitchen layouts, and specifically, the commonly used work triangle layout. However, some kitchens simply do not fit the work triangle mold. If this is the case in your kitchen, you can still have a highly functional space by designing a layout more customized to your needs. Simply place the sink, refrigerator and stove relatively close to each other in order to maximize efficiency. While this may not be the first choice, an alternative layout option may be the best option to keep your project on budget.
For example, an L-shaped kitchen, like the one pictured here, is a good example of a kitchen that cannot accommodate the traditional work triangle. To keep the scope of the project within budget, we cannot move the sink. Thus, when planning the kitchen layout, we must simply find the best place to position the refrigerator and stove, while still providing ample room for food preparation. In this case, you might have a longer distance to travel from the stove to refrigerator, but you have created more room for food prep.
Another good example of a kitchen space that does fit the mold of the traditional work triangle, is the galley kitchen. If you have a galley kitchen that you want to open up, you will want to remove one of the walls. If you remove one of the walls, you will need to place the sink, stove, and refrigerator on the one remaining wall. This obviously eliminates the option for a traditional work triangle. As previously discussed, plan to layout the kitchen to fit your needs and preferences to make the most efficient use of your kitchen.
Regardless of which layout you choose, you will also need to consider walkways. The minimum width of a walkway should be 3 feet. This will allow somebody to pass through an area without interrupting somebody else standing or working in the kitchen.
The layouts discussed in this blog are just the beginning of the thought that will need to go into your next kitchen remodel. Stay tuned for future blogs in which we will discuss layouts and design options for other spaces, including bathrooms, stairs, and handrails!