If you take a moment and sit down for a talk with your kitchen designer, you will probably hear them explain how people share the same complaints. Most, if not all of these issues have the same root cause: the design of the kitchen is not done in accordance with the owner’s needs and requirements.
There is one thing that separates a good designer from a bad one. The former will invest a lot of time in listening to how you plan on using the place and how you envision it. They will also ask about your lifestyle and habits because it is these factors that determine the actual layout and features.
Only then can you hope to avoid the common problems listed below:
- Insufficient storage space – among the most common issues of kitchen design is inadequate storage. Obviously, if you plan on having a vast kitchen inventory, this needs to be taken into account during the design phase. You will need considerable lower and upper cabinets, in order to have everything neatly stored. Luckily, storage options have evolved to meet any such needs. Secret drawers, spice racks and other solutions are widely available, and even a small kitchen can benefit from them. You will do well to think about your storage needs in advance and implement enough space.
- Poor workflow and layout – with poor kitchen layout you will have to work harder. Eventually, you will grow tired of it and stop enjoying the place. The workflow of your kitchen needs to take into account your individual needs. For many people the kitchen triangle – sink/oven/fridge – is holy and they don’t deviate from the concept. But for some kitchens, it is better to establish different zones for washing, cooking and preparing food, rather than following the strict rules of getting the triangle lines right.
- Little counter space – another typical design problem is having insufficient counter space or having the counters at the wrong place. Consider all of the ways you use countertops and plan for it. It is important to have free space opposite the oven and the fridge, but also anywhere you plan on working.
- Having too much traffic through the working area – if you are planning to have more than one person working in the kitchen, you need a plan on how to achieve this without them getting in the way of each other. Also, if there are children in your home, make sure they don’t push you out of the way as they come charging in the kitchen. Ensuring that traffic in the kitchen is not a problem is very important.
- Cabinets/appliances not well-spaced – cabinets and appliances must be not only well-positioned but also well-spaced. One typical example is this: walkways need at least 36 inches of width so that drawers and doors can open without hitting the other side. At the same time, you don’t want them too far apart, as that doesn’t make for a smooth workflow.
All of these mistakes can be avoided when you work with the right kitchen designers. Make sure you discuss these matters with them so that the kitchen you end up with is one that you love.