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I stumbled upon an interesting article the other day and I thought I’d share this with everyone!
CONSIDERING KITCHEN LAYOUTS
The single-guy-who-nukes-his-dinner-every-night crowd probably doesn’t care about a good kitchen. To the rest of us, the kitchen can make or break a real estate deal. To a lot of people a kitchen isn’t just a room in which to prepare meals. It’s a homework area, a place to sit with a neighbor over a cup of coffee, and, in the case of the country kitchen, an area where the family gathers to share the day’s stories. If you’re not that single guy with a microwave, evaluating kitchens will be an important aspect of your house hunt.
Classic Kitchen Design: The Work Triangle
One element of classic kitchen design remains constant throughout the years: the work triangle. The triangle’s three points are the refrigerator, the oven and the sink, and its purpose is to ensure efficiency and good traffic flow.
To picture the triangle, consider how you work in the kitchen. When preparing a meal you move between the refrigerator, the stove and the sink. Good kitchen design places these elements in a triangle. Which element is at the apex of the triangle depends on the kitchen’s layout. There are four distinct kitchen layouts, and within each of them the work triangle remains a constant: the galley, the “L” shape, the “U” shape and the “G” shape or peninsula.
Even small kitchen layouts can be functional and practical if the work triangle is properly integrated.
Kitchen Design Extras
A number of features are wonderful surprises when house hunting, even if they’re not essential to kitchen layouts:
- Breakfast nooks
- Fridges and dishwashers disguised by cabinetry
- Garbage disposal units
- Kitchen islands
- Recessed lighting
- Big pantries
Lighting Can Enhance Kitchen Layouts
Avid cooks understand the importance of good lighting in the kitchen. Homebuyers, on the other hand, seem to give it a cursory glance. If you cook, even if it’s just family meals, good lighting is essential. Turn on the lights – all of them. Try to picture the room as it will be at night, while you’re cooking dinner. If the light is insufficient, is there a way to add more light? Some of the big-box department and import stores carry inexpensive under-counter lighting that you can install with just a screwdriver.