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What to do with that corner cabinet in your kitchen?

When planning your kitchen renovation, the question about what to do with the corners is usually a contentious one. Shelves? Lazy Susan? Lemans?  or just kill it? Here’s a look at the pros and cons of each:

1. Shelves can be a cost effective and simple solution to corner storage and can be integrated into a true corner cabinet or a blind cabinet. Some people choose to use the cabinet floor for the majority of their storage and use a half shelf to make access easier. Shelves are solid, stable and can hold kitchen items of just about any size, shape or weight. The downside to shelves is that once yoimagesu fill them, the stuff at the back, under the hals shelf, is almost impossible to get at without removing items from the front (it can also be taxing on your knees and back when trying to get at things). Corner cabinets with shelves can quickly become graveyards for items that don’t get used very often or that should be thrown out. If you are going to use shelves in your corner cabinet, you will need to put some thought into how you organize the contents.

 

 

2. Lazy Susan’s have been around for years and are available in a number of different materials and configurations. You can get plastic shelves, wood shelves or metal shelves. You can get a pac-man style Lazy Susan for piano door cabinets or you can get full circles for angled corner cabinets. Some Lazy Susan inserts have posts that run from top to bottom through the shelves, while others have a hidden half shelf and use a ball bearing system to rotate. Regardless of which style or configuration you choose, a Lazy Susan is a good way to organize a decent amount of kitchen storage so that it can be accessed as required. The biggesUnknownt complaint about the Lazy Susan is that they often lose items in the back corner that fall of the shelves when rotating. It is always best to use a Lazy Susan for items that are lower in height and that carry a bit of weight. I would caution you against using a Lazy Susan for cereal as there is nothing worse than trying to clean up a spill at the back of the cabinet!

 

3. The Lemans Corner is a relatively newcomer on the kitchen scene. It is a peanut shaped double shelving unit that seamlessly glides in and out of a blind base cabinet to bring the contents out for access. Lemans corners are very convenient and save you the hassle of bending down and reaching in to find what you are looking for. Because the entire unit pulls completely outside of the cabinet, they are also very easy to clean and items that fall off the back are easier to retrieve (easier thaimages-1n a Lazy Susan). The peanut shape does limit the storage somewhat because the shelf is narrow in the middle, but there is still a decent amount of space if you manage it properly. Lemans corners are a little bit more money than shelving or a Lazy Susan, but they do allow you to use a blind base which gives you more room for functional cabinets in your kitchen.

 

4. If you have a large kitchen with plenty of room for storage, you may want to consider killing the corners so that they are not accessible at all. It may sound strange to do this, but because corner cabinets are usually the most expensive and difficult to use cabinets in your kitchen, it can be quite liberating to say goodbye to them! Killing the corners also gives you an opportunity for larger cabinets and the straight runs so that the amount of functional space that you loose is minimal.

Regardless of which solution you choose for the corners in your kitchen, there are a number of important factors to consider.

Choosing a Fireplace for the Kitchen

Gone are the days of heating the tea kettle over an open fire. Before the prevalence of central heating and gas stoves, one of the first things we did upon waking was to light the fire in the kitchen. Life revolved around the heat and light that the fireplace provided and the kitchen was the place to be. Today’s kitchen can still enjoy a roaring fire and indeed, fireplaces are finding a renewed place of honor in the most modern kitchens.

A fire

Gas

With options of gas and electric, fireplaces are being installed in all rooms of the house, including the kitchen. Gas fireplaces are a favorite for kitchen installs because of their safety and versatility. Gas fireplaces can be vented horizontally through the nearest wall and are sealed, making them less of a carbon monoxide hazard. The gas fireplace is convenient, and low maintenance and for these reasons, are the popular choice for homeowners, when it comes time to install a fireplace in the kitchen. The choice to install two- and even three-sided fireplaces is becoming increasingly more popular. Kitchens are often central to the home and the fireplace can be shared with multiple rooms. The heat that a gas fireplace creates will fill a room while the wood fireplace creates radiant heat that only heats the immediate area around the fire.

Electric

While gas fireplaces are easy to vent, they do require a natural gas hookup. If one isn’t available, an electric fireplace is your best bet. As with the gas fireplace in the kitchen, the electric fireplace is versatile. They can be placed anywhere with an electrical outlet. Electric fireplaces have come a long way since their inception. The electric fireplaces of today, provide a much more realistic look and feel. Some models will simply provide ambiance while others are fitted with a heater, making your beautiful kitchen fireplace, a heat source. Both gas and electric heat is convected which makes for a more efficient heat source than its wood counterpart.

Wood

While installing a gas or electric fireplace in your kitchen may provide convenience, there is nothing like the crackle of a roaring fire that only a wood fireplace can give you. If you are looking to install a wood fireplace in your kitchen for the purposes of cooking, the added work, (and there is a ton of it) can be well worth it.

After the wood is chopped and lugged into the house, the fire built, and the food cooked over an open flame, you will have surely worked up an appetite. A wood burning stove or fireplace in the kitchen will not only make great pizza but heat your space for hours. Installing a wood burning fireplace in the kitchen, will require room. Not only will room be needed for the fireplace, but a storage space will need to be created for the wood. Wood burning fireplaces can be messy. For those who have come to love their kitchen fireplace, it is a small price to pay for the authentic look and feel of real wood burning in the kitchen.

Your kitchen space and budget will surely be the main determining factor in your choice of kitchen fireplace. Good planning and a consultation with the professionals will ensure you make the right choice.

If you would like any more information on a kitchen redesign that includes a fireplace Contact The Wright Kitchen.

How to Reduce Your Household Food Waste

Food waste disposal is a growing concern with the many costs it incurs to our communities in terms of waste collection, disposal and greenhouse gases. It only makes sense that getting rid of the food waste in your kitchen requires a variety of approaches. When you food waste ends up in the bucket instead of utilizing other initiatives, it cost you money and wastes the water and energy resources used to originally produce the food.

An apple core from a red apple

When food waste is trucked into landfills and incinerated, it produces dangerous bio-gas emissions. Food scraps decompose quickly at these sites thereby producing methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is at least twenty-one times more potent at altering our climate and trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. It has an acidic liquid residue that can seep into the groundwater and contaminate it.

There are a variety of methods that you can design into your kitchen that will reduce the waste produced, such as better storing of food, meal preparation disposal and after meal storage or disposal. It can be simple approaches you take to reduce the waste your household generates from food and packaging.

Wet Food Containers

Blue box recycling is a major initiative to reduce packaging materials and most municipalities have programs in place for their communities. Also, today in many urban communities, programs have begun to have households dispose of their wet food materials using a wet food container.  These types of wet food containers help household owners collect the food scraps in the kitchen and dispose of them on a scheduled collection date in the same manner as blue box recycling.

Proper Planning

Much of the food waste in our kitchens comes from inadequate planning, buying too much food or preparing too much food. Portion control means preparing just the right amount of food that your family eats.

Planning your shopping list is important to keep you on track and help you to save money. A large proportion of food waste comes from not planning your meals around the food left in your refrigerator; hence, past due dates occur and waste occurs.

Food Storage

Keep your food fresh and avoid wasting energy by having your fridge set at the right temperature between 3 and 4 degrees Celsius for the fridge and between minus 15 and minus 18 degrees Celsius for the freezer. Airtight containers and zip lock bags are great for keeping leftovers. You can store lots of food in the freezer until you need it.

Blue Boxes

You can have different size blue boxes in your kitchen to accommodate the various food related products, such as one for hard plastics, tins, paper, foil, pie trays, glass, etc. and one for paper from packaging. The majority of packaging that comes with your food can be avoided or recycled. Make sure you know what your local municipality will not collect.

Composting

Composting is a great way to keep your yard waste and kitchen scraps from the landfill and by doing so you are doubly rewarded. You can compost any uncooked organic waste, including cardboard and paper, and don’t worry if you have a garden on which to spread your composted humus. Even in big cities, many local farmers markets and organizations will gladly accept your compost.

After following some of these ideas to reduce your kitchen waste from meal preparation, be sure to rethink how to better dispose of kitchen scraps before tossing anything in the trash.

If you find yourself spending lots of your time in the kitchen and have been thinking it could use a makeover, Contact The Wright Kitchen and speak with the Kitchen Redesign professionals today.

Inexpensive Kitchen Makeovers and Ideas

If you find yourself outside, barbecuing all winter long to avoid your kitchen, it might be time to make a change. A new kitchen might not be in the budget but there are loads of things you can do to spruce up your kitchen that are both affordable and easy.

A Kitchen wall

A kitchen renovation can be costly. But don’t worry, if a complete kitchen renovation isn’t a possibility just yet, you might still be only a few small projects away from enjoying your kitchen to it’s fullest potential.

Paint

A fresh coat of paint on the walls will cure most rooms in your house from looking stale and bland so why should your kitchen be any different? For under $100, the look and feel of your kitchen can be transformed. Don’t be afraid of colour. There are many areas in your kitchen that will break up the colour and a bolder choice will inevitably make your kitchen a happy place.

Plants

With the amount of traffic in your kitchen, this room can sometimes feel like the living, breathing epicenter of your home. Adding fresh plants will only add to this atmosphere. Plants can be placed just about anywhere in the kitchen. If you are worried about accessing these plants in places likes the bulkhead for watering purposes, perhaps some artificial foliage is in order. With the distance from eye level a little farther away, no one will know the difference. Fresh flowers will also do the trick and a big bouquet in the middle of the kitchen table will distract from less appealing aspects of the room

New Upholstery

Many kitchen chairs and stools come with fabric seats. For just a few dollars and a trip to your local fabric store, those seats can be transformed and new colour can be added to your kitchen. Over the years, these fabrics can become worn and stained. With just a small time and cash commitment, they can be restored. You will need some elbow grease to remove the old fabric and a staple gun to re upholster with the fabric of your choice.

New Hardware

While new cabinets might be your first choice in freshening up your kitchen, your budget might have different ideas. For under $100, the hardware on your cabinetry can be replaced. New handles and drawer pulls will give the old cabinets a fresh modern look and extend the life of your kitchen. Be sure to give those cupboards a good scrubbing while you’re at it.

Refinish the cabinets

Most cabinets can withstand a good painting. If it’s not in your budget to have them professionally done, consider taking on this project yourself. There are many products out there specifically designed for kitchen cabinets. This can be a time consuming project and one that will need perseverance.  Cabinets take up the bulk of the room in the kitchen and when they are treated to a fresh coat of paint, the makeover can be remarkable.

Beautify your walls.

Adding colour to your walls doesn’t just have to come in the form of paint.  Consider adding pops of colour by hanging some art. A chalkboard or corkboard will add dimension to the space and create some organization as well.  Small shelves will get things off the counter and reduce clutter.

Loving your kitchen again is possible and it doesn’t have to break the bank.  With a few bucks, a little imagination and some effort, your kitchen may not be looking showroom ready, but at least it will once again be an inviting place to gather. If you feel like your kitchen needs more than just a bit of help, then speak to the professionals at The Wright Kitchen and we will do our best to put the ‘WOW’ factor into your kitchen.

How to Improve a Kitchen’s Efficiency by Simply Changing It’s Layout

If you are in the process of remodeling or renovating your kitchen you are probably surrounded by a sea of potential floor plans and layouts. It’s an exciting time! But how can you be sure that your kitchen is going to be up to the job? Making sure that your brand new kitchen is the right size for everything you need takes planning, preparation, and organization. It’s simply not enough to simply make sure you have enough cupboard space. Oh no, making sure that you have the space for all the cooks in your kitchen is just as important.

a couple designing their kitchen

 

The Kitchen Triangle

Chances are you already know about the Kitchen Triangle. If not, we have Another Blog that is a great read and it’s all about increasing your kitchen efficiency. The kitchen triangle is basically a term used to describe the highest high traffic area of most kitchens, which is usually made up of your stove, fridge, and sink. According to kitchen design theory, these are the three most often used appliances in your kitchen, and obstructing the flow of this space slows down your kitchen efficiency to a snail’s pace. When it comes to designing your kitchen, proximity to the plumbing dictates where the sink will be located. From there, the stove and refrigerator are put into action. During a remodel, chances are you aren’t going to want to relocate the plumbing, so situating your kitchen triangle is virtually done for you. However, if you are renovating your kitchen all together, having a professional relocate the plumbing may help make the space more efficient.

Counter Space and Storage Options

When designing your new kitchen, take the time to imagine it in use. Who is going to be using your kitchen the most? How many people will be using the kitchen? And what will they be doing there? The kitchen is a multi-purpose room. Homework gets accomplished, socializing is done, science experiments are undertaken, and of course, meals are eaten here. When remodelling or renovating your kitchen, take into account all of these activities and create spaces for your lifestyle. Counter space, dining space, and storage space are all essential elements of a well designed kitchen. When it comes to storage space, don’t stop at the pots and pans. Create a space for newspapers to be tucked away during mealtimes, for cookbooks, for half finished homework projects, etc. An island with built in shelving goes a long way to reducing clutter on surfaces.

Getting Down to Kitchen Measurements

In the kitchen, space is important. Every inch counts! A counter space that is too small, or a kitchen triangle that is too large can drastically influence how much you enjoy the space, and not for the better. According to kitchen design experts, every part of the room needs to be planned out. Whenever possible, doorways should never be less than 32 inches wide, meanwhile passageways should be at least 36 inches wide. When it comes to the kitchen triangle, the sum of the three sides should not be greater than 26 feet. The optimal length of each side is between four to nine feet. When it comes to counter space, ensure that there is at least 24 inches on one side of the sink, and at least 18 on the other. Lastly, you should be looking to include at least 158 inches (or just over 13’) of usable counter space throughout your entire kitchen. How does your kitchen measure up?

If you’re thinking about doing a kitchen redesign, Contact The Wright Kitchen and speak with a professional for advice and expert help.

 

Designing an Eat In Kitchen

Kitchen renovations of any kind might have you contemplating changes to your space.  Let an eat in component, with all it has to offer the family, be one of them.

Family eating dinner in the kitchen

It used to be that the kitchen was where friends and family bonded over great food and great conversation. With the increase in popularity of the dining room, many home owners found value in more storage. The eat in area was taken over by more cabinets. Many eat in kitchens from the 50’s and 60’s have since been redesigned to utilize space with storage in mind. Eat in components were all but eliminated in these redesigns.

Until most recently, newly built kitchens have been created with some alternate seating that didn’t involve sitting around a table. The island was born and this multipurpose surface became the alternative to table and chairs.

Most recently, with homes that are being build bigger than ever, eat in kitchens are making a comeback. Not just a few stools behind a counter, but a full-fledged table with chairs, giving the kitchen back its title of being the focal point of the home.

Aside from formal dinners, an eat in kitchen just makes sense.

If you’re considering a new eat in component or simply want to revamp your existing eat in kitchen, there are many seating options to choose from.

  • Nook seating is versatile and can make use of just about any extra space in and around the kitchen.
  • Benches give you the opportunity to provide more seating that the kitchen space might not otherwise allow. Bench seating is great for large and active families.
  • Chairs are the old stand by. Chairs and tables give great design quality to any kitchen space. Tables, whether round, or rectangle, take up more room and may be reserved for a kitchen space that is in abundance of square footage.
  • Stools have found their way into many kitchens because they give so much and ask for so little. A stool can be placed under a counter or island. A collection of stools can provide seating to a kitchen that may otherwise not have room for any seating at all.
  • Banquette seating, with it’s versatility, allows many diners to find a place to sit in just about any shaped space.

Which seating options you ultimately decide on, will greatly depend on the space you are working with. Perhaps a combination of more than one of these options is the answer.  Kitchen renovation is not cheap. You will want to consider your present needs as well as your future needs. If you are a growing family, a round bistro table with two chairs won’t likely serve your needs for long.

An eat in kitchen is a place where homework is done, the pie crust is rolled out, the crossword is nearly completed and the place where the newspaper gets read. With an eat in kitchen, you and your family will come to enjoy all kinds of solid pastimes. Pastimes that will bring the family together under the aroma of your great cooking.

The kitchen remains the place where everyone meets. Let them take a seat with an eat in kitchen. If you are considering doing a kitchen redesign of any kind feel free to Contact us at The Wright Kitchen and speak with the kitchen redesign experts.

Timeless Kitchen Trends

If you are in the process of remodeling your kitchen, chances are you are hoping that this one will be the last one you have to do for at least a few years. Renovations, and even less involved remodeling projects require an investment of both your time, and finances. Doing it right the first time is at the top of your priority list.

A trendy kitchen

Your kitchen is a hub of activity. You want it to be as inviting as it is stylish and functional. In order to achieve this look you will want to avoid potentially fleeting fads and instead focus on timeless trends. The following are just a few of The Wright Kitchen’s favourite timeless kitchen trends.

Classic Shaker Cabinets

A shaker cabinet style imparts a look of modern traditionalism that will never go out of style. Shaker style cabinets are best, and most reliable when they are made from quality materials. Most of the time, shaker style cabinets are painted a white, or off-white colour that is guaranteed to go with nearly every colour scheme. Over time, these cabinets can be refinished and repainted to look fresh, and brand new! Quality materials and classic design can be combined with more fleeting trends to keep your kitchen your favorite room in the house.

Keep It Neutral

Neutral doesn’t mean boring. It means versatile, classic, timeless. Neutral also doesn’t mean beige. Think instead of soft greys, charcoal, slate, even navy. These shades effortlessly combine with a huge variety of colour schemes to look clean, and well put together. When choosing a colour, consider choosing an “off the rack” colour that you can easily match in the future.

Opt For Marble Countertops

Nothing says classic like marble. Not only does marble stand the test of time (take a walk around a museum!) but it also looks extremely sophisticated. It is going to be quite the investment, so take your time choosing a marble countertop – you’re going to be washing those countertops for years to come. Depending on your style preferences a predominantly white, or black countertop is the norm when it comes to marble. A white countertop will add levity and brightness to a space of any size, meanwhile black lends an air of classic modernity to your kitchen.

The Farmhouse Sink

A farmhouse sink is as functional and gorgeous as it is timeless. There was a time, however, when farmhouse sinks were not chosen for their good looks, but instead out of necessity. Before indoor plumbing, water had to be retrieved from lakes, rivers and wells to get dinner ready, wash dishes, and generally keep things clean. A big sink was the best way to get the job done. Gradually, these same sinks were adopted into houses with plumbing, and became a favourite among housewives for their ergonomic, functional design. Today farmhouse sinks are a focal point in their own right.

Regardless of how “timeless” a kitchen trend is, it still needs to be installed correctly the first time, The Wright Kitchen can help. Contact us today for more details on our services.

The Minimalist Kitchen Trend

If you have leafed through a magazine lately, you have probably taken a moment to check out the trendy, minimalist kitchens that grace those glossy pages. Whether wood, granite, or cement, minimalist kitchens are defined by sleek horizontal and vertical lines, functional and unobtrusive appliances, frameless cabinetry and the occasional pop of trendy colour.

Minimalist Kitchen

A Wright Kitchen Designed Minimalist Kitchen

The Appeal of the Minimalist Kitchen

Above all, modern kitchen design promises cleanliness, sophistication, and functionality – all elements appreciated by the contemporary homeowner. Whether incorporated into a historic home or built from the ground up in a new build, done right, a minimalist kitchen can complement any style. Minimalist kitchens emphasize an innovative, forward thinking style, with a nod both to historic design elements and contemporary conveniences. Hidden appliances, state of the art refrigerators, and highly advanced kitchen technology all feel right at home in a minimalist kitchen alongside retro art and sterling silver cutlery.

Lighter Than Air

One of the most beautiful elements of a minimalist kitchen is their emphasis on light and space. Despite being home to industrial grade appliances, and seemingly heavy metal accents, minimalist kitchens incorporate open floor plans, natural light, and artificial light in ways that add levity to the area. Modern, minimalist kitchens use light colours from the cabinets to the wall colour to further enhance the natural light experienced in the kitchen area. Skylights, walls of windows and open floor plans are all used to add an even lighter feeling to this highly functional space.

Wood Minimalism

While classic, glossy white is certainly a minimalist kitchen go-to, streamlined quality wood cabinetry has come to define many a modern kitchen. The versatility and durability of wood cabinetry has been a homeowner favourite for decades. At Wright Kitchens, we love collaborating with homeowners on bringing the kitchen renovations of their dream to life.

Minimalist wood cabinetry have several things in common: frameless design, clean lines, uniformity, and natural grains. Using the wood’s natural grain, professional cabinet makers transform a single piece into a design element in its own right. Using a variety of lacquers, shellacs, and stains, a single grain becomes a focal point in minimalist kitchen cabinetry.

Minimalism as a Frame of Mind

A minimalist kitchen doesn’t end once the cupboard doors are opened though! Despite the fact that as a society we own more than ever before, minimalism in its own right is becoming a popular trend. People across the world are swearing off superfluous possessions in favour of a fewer belongings, in the hopes that it brings them a lighter, more clear sighted outlook on their lives. If your kitchen is anything like most kitchens in Canada, there are drawers of gadgets and tools you rarely – if ever – use. In this article, one author writes about the 16 things your kitchen can do without. Items from crockpots to juicers, and even a knife block are being viewed now more than ever as unnecessary.

If you want some help designing and implementing a sleek minimalist kitchen in your own house then Contact The Wright Kitchen today.

Tips on How to Install a Kitchen Backsplash

Installing a kitchen backsplash is an easy way to update the look of your kitchen. Whether you are installing a new kitchen backsplash or updating an old one, there are many options for you to explore. Even if you’re still debating whether or not to install a kitchen backsplash, this blog will give you a better idea of what goes into the process. You’ll want something that is durable, attractive and compatible with your current kitchen design.

A newly Installed Kitchen Backsplash

The first thing to consider when thinking about a kitchen backsplash is related to scope: How much surface area do you need to cover your kitchen backsplash? For small kitchens, a minimal backsplash just a few tiles high will be enough. A more extensive design might overwhelm the space. If you have a larger kitchen with a grand design, countertop to ceiling backsplashes can add drama and elegance while optimizing the use of available space.

Once you’ve decided on the scope of your backsplash project, its time to consider style. There is great variety of style, quality and price available in your choices of materials, colours, textures and layouts. Ceramic tile is a very common choice. It’s widely available in a great number of styles and colours. In addition it is extremely easy to maintain. The most popular choices of ceramic tile are subway tile, mosaic tile and penny tile.

Other tile choices include granite or other natural materials. Popular for kitchen countertops and floors, travertine, granite or marble tile are often used in backsplash design. These materials provide an elegant, durable option and offer a high end look. All kinds of natural stone tiles are available in a variety of colours and textures, from slate-like matte finishes to rougher, pebbled designs. Your colour choices are nearly infinite as well and many granite retailers can even dye the products to suit your design needs.

Glass tile is another excellent option for kitchen backsplashes. It can add a bright, elegant and colourful style to a kitchen. Not to mention there are many different designs to choose from, from transparent to coloured or intricately patterned.

Copper backsplashes are another great option. These offer a durable and visually interesting option. An additional benefit to copper is that they will evolve over time – as the copper is exposed to air and moisture, its colour will deepen and change. This can create an exquisite, naturally worn look to the backsplash.

Once you’ve made a decision on the materials for your kitchen backsplash, you’ll want to consider the style that’s best suited for your kitchen. You can most certainly use the backsplash as an opportunity to add colour and great visual interest to your kitchen. Keep in mind that particularly expressive designs tend to be best in a kitchen that otherwise features an understated, minimalist look. On the other hand, if your kitchen has a more intricate design, you may want to consider a more relaxed feel for your backsplash. This way it won’t create a visual overload.

Whatever your choice in material and style, know that updating or adding a new backsplash to your kitchen is an easy way to update your entire kitchen design. If you’re looking to get expert help with the installation of your kitchen backsplash, then you’ll want to contact The Wright Kitchen today.

What to Consider When Redesigning Your Kitchen

Hurray! You’re ready to embark on your kitchen renovation! Like we’ve discussed in previous articles, remodeling your kitchen has the potential to dramatically increase the value of your home, as well as your enjoyment of it! Gone are the days of disorganized tupperware, and out of reach storage spaces. Redesigning your kitchen allows you to create a space that responds to your needs, instead of the needs of the previous owners. By now you have probably decided whether you’re remodeling or completely renovating. A remodel is a largely cosmetic undertaking – new cabinetry, hardware, perhaps new countertops, an island or a tiled backsplash. Meanwhile, a renovation involves totally starting from scratch. This article addresses the starting from scratch route, although some points can apply to both plans but overall will give you some of the most up to date and latest kitchen design ideas out their.

A modern kitchen with dark wood cabinets and hardwood flooring

One of Wright Kitchens Latest and Greatest Kitchen Renovation Projects

The Kitchen Triangle

Interior designers and Kitchen specialists refer to the area between the sink, stove, and refrigerator as the Kitchen Triangle. It’s the most frequently used area in your kitchen, and as such it needs to be cleverly laid out. In some kitchens, the plumbing may need to be relocated to get it closer to the stove, refrigerator and countertop workspaces. When it comes to the size of the Kitchen Triangle, aim for somewhere between 10 – 25 feet. Smaller than 10 feet will make the space feel cramped, meanwhile over 25 feet is going to make you feel like you’re running a 10k marathon instead of making a sandwich.

Dedicated Garbage and Recycling Space

This might seem like a small, almost inconsequential point, but building dedicated garbage, compost, and recycling area within your kitchen is going to help you keep your space so much more organized! With today’s increasing emphasis on separating out food scraps from recycling and trash a simple garbage under the sink just doesn’t cut it anymore. Instead of letting plastic containers and old newspapers accumulate in piles all over your kitchen, consider including a spacious cupboard with built in sliding garbage, recycling, and compost receptacles.

Storage Space

Look around your kitchen. On any given day, you probably use 15% of everything you own. The rest of it is only gets pulled out for holiday meals, school bake sales, birthday dinners, and daring culinary adventures. A well designed kitchen features storage not only for the seldom used gadgets and good dishes, but also for easily accessible everyday basics. Within the Kitchen Triangle, you should be able to easily access your most often used dishes, utensils, and tools. You shouldn’t ever have to get out a step stool to find the salad bowl for your Meatless Monday meal.

Countertop and Island Workspace

Not everyone needs an industrial sized kitchen. Depending on how much space you have in your kitchen, and your culinary habits you can get away with more or less counter space. An Island is one way to increase the workspace in your kitchen. You can also incorporate a breakfast bar onto the island for additional casual seating. By adding a sink, Islands can be used as a totally separate workspace allowing you to use countertop space for appliances, or even decor.

And last but not least, never underestimate the importance of a professional! Before you go at it alone, get a few estimates from trusted local professionals on your dream kitchen, you’d be surprised at how much you could learn if you do. Happy Renovating!