How To Create A Show-Stopping Kitchen In Any Development
The kitchen is the heart of any home. As a developer, you need to understand how to create the most effective, functional, and appealing design.
Now, of course, your designer will have those items in mind, but it is up to you the developer to make sure that the final design ticks all the boxes. One method that designers use in their work is the 'kitchen working triangle'; this concept is used to determine efficient layouts that are both atheistic and functional by focusing on the primary tasks in the kitchen.
Breaking it down, there are three major areas in a kitchen; 1. cook-top, 2. sink. And 3. fridge. When we have appropriately arranged these areas then we can start thinking about the appropriate internal fixtures, storage, and bench space for these areas.
For example, let’s say you are doing a townhouse development in a middle-class suburb close to schools and shopping centres. 1. Who do you think the target buyer for this development will be? Going based on the location we can assume small families. Once you know our target buyer you know what is essential for them in their design, let's say for this area you want to incorporate a standard gallery kitchen, it's ideal to have a window above the sink and this will be a space also used for preparation (Zone 1), from there we think about how we can make that space more practical so it makes sense to put your hideaway bin there, drawers for your cutting knives and cabinets that are for your preparation tools. Then you have to think about where you are going to store your food, your refrigerator (Zone 2) has to be close by to the sink and arranged in a way that you aren’t walking from one end of the kitchen to the other when trying to get your ingredients and lastly where you cook (Zone 3) has to be by where you prep so that when you’re done chopping ingredients you can turn around right to your stove.
As a developer, you need to know who are the target buyers in your area? Are you catering your development to families or students? The example above is best suited for a target of ‘family buyers’, but what if you are developing student accommodation? think about how a student would use the kitchen... That is why you need to keep reading this article to know how to implement an effective working triangle for your kitchen design.
WHY DOES A WORKING TRIANGLE WORK?
The segments of these triangles are to best represent the largest portion of traffic flow within a kitchen. The kitchen is generally a space that has the busiest workflow, several things can be happening at once; it is also one of the only spaces that double as dining or even a workspace.
Kitchen working triangles aim to achieve an idea of rotational movement between all your tasks, so the idea is to clearly mark this space and design an ergonomic work area and reduce the distance and effort required to work effectively in this space.
CREATING AN EFFECTIVE WORK TRIANGLE
This is a basic design technique so obviously, your designer should be incorporating this themselves, but it is a great idea for you to also have this knowledge so that when you receive concept designs you can judge the functionality of the kitchen.
So the following points are a simple way you can ensure the working triangle works in your kitchen:
No side of the triangle should cut through an island
No major traffic patterns should cross through the triangle
Each leg of the triangle should range between 1200mm to 2700mm; this depends on the workflow and number of people using the space.
But, remember that the working triangle is not a rule nor a standard, it is a simple concept that illustrates functionality and traffic flow; it can always be adjusted, changed, or simply not applied if it doesn’t match the purpose of your development.
DO THEY STILL WORK?
In short, yes. But, this method has been a standard for which good design has been measured for and the design and use of kitchens have since changed.
Now we have butler’s pantries, double sinks, and so on. The purpose of a working triangle is the ensure functionality in the space, we have to determine where you will be the most and fit that triangle there, otherwise, a design can be made with multiple triangles; for example, kitchens with butler’s pantries have two different zones entirely so we have to create functionality in both of these spaces.
It comes down to what your buyer is looking for and what is best for your specific development.
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