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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.

Kitchen Trend Predictions for 2016

Nothing quite transforms the look of a home like a kitchen renovation. Over the years, we have seen many trends come and go and we are very excited about some of the new design ideas that are on the horizon. The following are some of our top kitchen predictions for 2016.

Trendy Kitchen

  1. Semi-Custom Cabinets

These are the ideal mix of personalization and affordability! Modern cabinet companies are now providing a wide range of styles, colours and functions to suit any home décor. This allows for personalization without the high cost of custom cabinetry.

  1. Open Plan

If you have one of those homes where the party always ends up in the kitchen, then consider bringing in the New Year with an open plan kitchen. Features such as islands and breakfast bars give you space to prepare food while you are laughing and talking with your guests at the same time.

  1. High gloss

Super glossy walls, cabinets and countertops not only provide a futuristic look but they make for easy cleaning from spills and sticky fingerprints. There is no limit when it comes to palette either. Choose bright whites, earthy neutrals or vibrant shades of reds, teals, limes and yellows.

  1. Brushed steel

Stainless steel appliances and fixtures have long been a favourite of homeowners and the demand for them are showing no signs of slowing down. Trends have shifted however from shiny to brushed steel. Pair this with dark or matte colours to really accentuate them.

  1. Warmer metals

While stainless steel will remain popular, there will also be more of a shift toward the warmer hue metals. Shades of gold, brass and copper will be seen in cabinet hardware, light fixtures and faucets. Consider a copper range hood or a gold-flecked glass backsplash.

  1. Porcelain surfaces

Porcelain for sintered compact surfaces will see a surge in popularity in 2016. While it shares some of the qualities of quartz or engineered stone, porcelain is the clear winner when it comes to heat and stain resistance. Because it is available in so many thicknesses, porcelain can be used on everything from countertops to vertical surfaces like backsplashes and cabinet doors.

  1. Comfort is in

Expect to find more comfort in kitchen furniture trends in 2016. Kitchen chairs and stools will take on more organic shapes and make use of fabrics such as cotton and wool linens.

  1. Contemporary country

Contrast the charm of traditional soft pastels of a country kitchen with contemporary dark wood cabinets made from mahogany or walnut. This trending look for 2016 will delight both lovers of traditional and vintage kitchens.

  1. Texture

While modern, minimalist white kitchens will remain a popular choice, you can also expect to see more homeowners choosing a texture. Textured laminate on cabinet fronts and textured glass or stone on backsplashes will add visual interest.

  1. More storage

Storage will be a key feature of kitchen design in 2016. Many new appliances now come with added storage drawers. Easy to use cabinet doors that open with a touch as well as hidden cupboards will make it easier than ever to tuck away dishes, utensils and small appliances.

So if you’re considering a kitchen makeover for the new year, contact us and we will help you determine if any of these up and coming trends are right for you.

Electric Stove Vs. Gas Stove

Cooking is one of those wonderful things we do on a regular basis. It brings us together as a family. Nothing beats the smell of a home cooked meal. That’s why it’s so important to have a stove that is reliable and efficient. These days there are so many choices of stoves, from contemporary finish to a rustic appeal. But the most important decision is to decide if your stove will be electric or gas. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages to each.

Gas and Electric Stove Burners

Cooking

When it comes to getting the job done, the gas stove will give you an advantage since the heat it provides is almost instant and remains at a steady temperature throughout the cooking time.  The flame of a natural gas stove cooks food more quickly and evenly. On the other hand, the electric stove elements take longer to heat up to your desired temperature; however with most modern electric stovetops being a solid glass surface with a sleek appearance, the heat is distributed evenly to the pot or pan.

Electric stoves are easy to use; you simply turn the knob to the desired setting. Gas stoves require you to light the element. You need to be careful about making sure the element isn’t left on when the flame is out as this will allow gas to enter your home.

Cleaning

Not our favourite part of cooking, but cleaning your stove is a necessary task. When you have an electric stove, cleaning your stove can be accomplished very simply, especially if it has the smooth glass surface. Spills and splashes can be easily wiped away.

With a gas stove, cleaning is a bit more difficult because you need to move the heavy cast iron grates from the burners. Each of these burners have various parts which can be accidentally moved out of alignment possibly resulting in an uneven flame the next time you use the stove.

Power Source

Your electric stove runs on normal household electricity. However, electricity utility costs can be higher than if you used a gas stove. Gas stoves tend to be cheaper to run but require specialty hook-ups to your kitchen which can be costly, especially if you don’t already have a gas line to your home. Overall, the operating and energy costs of your stove will be lower if you use a gas stove.

During a power outage your electric stove will not work, however, your gas stove will continue to work so you can still cook a meal for your family.

The Cost

Another thing to consider is the purchase price. Overall, the cost of a gas stove can be considerably higher than an electric stove.  However, as previously mentioned, the operating cost of a gas stove is lower than the operating cost of an electric stove.

When deciding on which to purchase; gas or electric, consider your needs and your lifestyle. It’s also a good idea to check with friends and family and see what they use and how they feel about their choice. In the end as long as your stove is reliable and efficient it will be a trusted appliance in your home.

You also want to make sure that the stove fits into your kitchen design and space. Our experienced team at Wright Kitchen would be happy to meet with you and come up with a design plan that would suit your kitchen’s needs best. Contact us and we can book you a free consultation today.

Cool Kitchen Gadgets

Even if you aren’t the most enthusiastic cook, you can’t beat a good kitchen gadget. And if you are an extremely enthusiastic cook, even better! Kitchen gadgets are there to make our lives easier in the preparation or consummation of food, or to make one of our creations look better and more professional.

Whether it is the latest in knife technology or a gadget to remove the top from a boiled egg, there is almost a gadget for every culinary problem – and one for things that you didn’t even realize were a problem.

three different kitchen gadgets all in use

Here are some of this year’s best kitchen gadgets:

Jenaluca Herb Scissors

It is always a bit of a job finely chopping those herbs. The Jenaluca herb scissors have just made that job so much easier – the scissors are comprised of four separate blades meaning that herbs can be cut quickly and evenly, giving your herbs a professional look and distributing the flavour more evenly. Check it out on Amazon Here.

iGrill2 Thermometer

This thermometer does more than just measure the temperature of the inside of your food. Its multiple probes mean that you can track up to four different foods in one session, and it will link directly to an app on your smartphone to help you monitor at all times. Check it out Here.

Ravi Wine Chiller

Any wine buff will tell you of the problem of chilling your wine to exactly the right temperature. Not only is it a question of time, but it’s also getting it to the right temperature – which varies from wine to wine. This wine chiller fits over the top of the bottle and will chill the wine to exactly the right temperature as it pours out of the bottle. Check it out on Amazon Here.

Quirky’s Egg Minder

A specialist egg tray combined with a smartphone app can be used to tell you which of your eggs is oldest and which you should be using first to avoid wastage. The special LED technology in conjunction with the app can tell you which eggs to eat first and also notify you when you are running low on them. Check it out on Amazon Here.

Simplehuman Sensor Trash Can

This trash can works on a sensor basis to know when it should be opening for you. Much like a foot pedal trash can, but without the hassle, this means that even with your hands full or messy you can keep your kitchen looking pristine.  Check it out Here.

Simplehuman Sensor Soap Pump

This soap pump works in exactly the same way as the trash can. It senses when your dirty hands are close by and dispenses soap accordingly. Meaning no more greasy soap dispensers or pastry encrusted pumps. Check it out Here.

Technology is one of the fastest moving areas of our world and the kitchen hasn’t been forgotten in this. Things change every day in the world of design – whether it is with small gadgets or on a larger scale with kitchen design itself.

At The Wright Kitchen, we use all the advances in design and technology to create the most effective, useful and innovative kitchen cabinets and surfaces to make your life as easy, comfortable as stylish as possible.

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.

Tips On How to Get Your Modern Kitchen Lighting Just Right

These days most kitchens are used as dining room, office and a family room. The lights are on in the kitchen much more than in any other room in your home. Since you’re going to be using the kitchen for cooking, working and playing, you will need a good range of lighting to create a suitable environment for all your activities as well as preventing any accidents and eyestrain. Here at The Wright Kitchen, we like to think that we can all agree that the more lighting options you have in a kitchen the better (without going overboard of course, you don’t want to blind your guests!). So read on as we have some great ideas for you to light up your kitchen in more ways than one.

Modern Trends in Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen lights installed by the Wright Kitchen

Overhead Fixtures

A single overhead fixture will give you good lighting for most of your general cleaning activities and navigation but does a terrible job of casting light inside your cabinets; especially in the deep cabinets and your corner units. One possible solution is to use the current light fixture electrical box to add in a new track lighting system.

Track Lighting

Track lighting is available in fluorescent, incandescent, and high- and low-voltage halogen styles. There are multiple fixtures that give you the freedom to focus and direct the light where you need it most. There are also a very wide variety of specialized fixtures which allow you to customize and arrange your lighting as you need it. You can buy units with reflector bulbs for task lighting and you can buy units created especially for general or mood light. Many of the systems also have adapters for pendant lighting.

Positioning

Once you’ve selected your fixtures, be careful to position them so that they don’t shine directly into your eyes. Remember not to install fixtures directly in line with sinks and other such work areas because your head will block the light. Instead, install them to the sides and then angle them out toward the target spot. Place the fixtures where they won’t get in the way of opening upper cabinet doors. Also be sure to select a system that will complement the look and feel of your own kitchen.

Under Cabinet Lighting

Another type of lighting which is useful in kitchens is under cabinet lighting. Since your body and upper cabinets can often block the light from any centrally located ceiling fixtures, installing cabinet lighting will put the light where you need it most. Avoid working in dim shadows by installing the lights beneath the upper cabinets. This will help to illuminate your cutting boards and cookbooks.

Another solution to kitchen lighting is to purchase special recessed light trims which focus light where you need it most.

The standard recessed lights often tend to light up floors, walls, cabinet fronts and frequently the top of your head. These are all places where light isn’t really needed. Many of the recessed light manufacturers have produce a basic fixture that can be fitted with a good variety of trims which range from the more basic baffled cylinder to wall washers and adjustable eyeballs. These last two versions allow you to direct light right where it’s needed; to the inside of your cabinets or to specific areas of your countertop. The advantage to using these trims is that the cost is usually quite low and the job takes only a few minutes to complete.

One last tip: You should make sure that your new trims are made by the same company that made the recessed housing and that the trim is compatible.

The Wright Kitchen will do its best to redesign your kitchen with appropriate lighting solutions. Contact The Wright Kitchen if you’re interested in our various options for kitchen redesign and renovation.

Kitchen Counters Make a Statement

Over the years, kitchen counter trends have seen a bounty of new materials that will inspire you to renovate your countertops for the most up-to-date statement. Kitchen counters are a focal point of any kitchen and although more costly, they are a wise investment. Whether you’re renovating your existing counters or choosing countertops of a newly built home, return on investment is a major consideration. Since the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house, investing in upgraded countertops makes a lot of sense from a resale perspective because they add beauty and value to your home. In fact, many of today’s kitchens feature showpiece kitchen countertops that dictate the design of a kitchen.

Kitchen with subzero unit

Homeowners today not only want the best even if they’re on a budget, but they also want their home to be updated in a tasteful and stylish look, both on the outside and inside of their home. Countertop materials range from unique to impractical to functional, but whatever you decide on it should be a reflection of your lifestyle and personality. Since trends seem to come and go and everyone has their own style and tastes, it’s good to get some idea of the hottest trends that homeowners are installing. Before making any decisions on which material you will select, you may want to reflect the connection between your cabinetry, colour scheme or surrounding furnishings.

If you are on a budget, but still want to upgrade to something beautiful and substantial, there are several assorted grades of granite that you can select among depending on the manufacturer. As an example, you may want to opt to install a granite grade level of 2 instead of level 5 that will still look spectacular, but less costly. Additionally, some laminate products are close mimics to more expensive surfaces like granite, but the products cost half the amount.

Laminate Counters:

For the homeowner who is looking for an affordable and durable countertop surface, laminate certainly fits the bill. Although it’s not as eye catching as some other surface materials, it can certainly stand up in the kitchen and comes in a variety of colours, patterns, textures and style. It should be noted that laminate has come a long way from the Formica look and still retains its good character traits at reasonable prices. Many of today’s laminate surfaces have a look that can closely mimic many of the natural materials and best of all, there are many different edge treatments to choose among to eliminate the dreaded look of seams at the junctions.

Quartz Counter Tops:

Quartz is a favorite with homeowners because it is arguably the most durable option for kitchens. It is an engineered stone, made from the hardest minerals with a blend of stone chips, resins, and pigments. In the last few years, Quartz has come on strong and replaced natural granite as the top choice for countertops by homeowners. Manufacturers have been steadily developing and manufacturing a variety of new patterns for this popular and versatile material. It can rival the look of granite or marble in addition to being instilled with bold new colours and patterns.

Concrete Kitchen Counters

Concrete continues to be a strong choice as a material that homeowners and designers are requesting for countertops; however, concrete, although beautiful and versatile, is repair-prone, especially when it comes to staining and chipping. A surface sealer is required for water and stain resistance. Large concrete slabs will have seams too, but they can be minimized. On the positive side, the colour options are endless which gives you the ability to effortlessly coordinate with the rest of the kitchen. It can be cast in any size and shape that fits your requirements.

Wood Kitchen Countertops:

Wood has been and always will be a favorite, but the trend for finishes is now being represented in natural forms and textures rather than high-gloss or smooth finishes. Today’s homeowners have taken notice that wood countertops are gaining in popularity because wood can provide a warm, nostalgic and homey feeling that a modern kitchen is lacking.

Dramatic Statement:

Beautiful countertops will always be a staple feature of any kitchen. With so many choices of materials from which you to select among, you’re sure to find just the right mix to make a dramatic statement in your kitchen. If you are finally ready to take the steps towards the dream kitchen you always wanted, contact The Wright 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.