Kitchen Design: Creating a Beautiful and Functional Space
Often, building codes and regulations around designing or remodeling one’s kitchen stand in the way of creativity.
Before you go ahead and start remodeling your cooking area and the place where young and old love to gather, there are a couple of requirements you need to know, such as:
- How high is too high for your countertops?
- What do you need to consider with regards to your landing space?
- How much space is needed around your kitchen appliances, such as your desired French door refrigerator?
Before you flip your lid regarding building codes and all the regulations you need to comply with, take a step back, and reflect on the fact that these are in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
Experts in home design thought of making a valuable contribution to all homeowners by coming up with an innovative and practical kitchen design plan, which in all likelihood would include the use of a French door refrigerator, that complies with all the latest building codes and design trends.
Besides, isn’t it reassuring to know a bit more as to what is in line with best practices for kitchen space design while having peace of mind as your health and safety as well as welfare is taken into consideration?
Lets us discuss some of the latest guidelines in this regard.
Layout guidelines everyone needs to abide by to ensure their cooking area functions properly.
Distance Required Between Work Centers Known as the Kitchen Triangle
The three areas that form part of the kitchen triangle would be; cooking area, wash-up area, and cooling space (French door refrigerator).
Cooks frequently move between these areas and need to do so flawlessly, which is part of the reason why the sum total of these three areas should not exceed 26 feet. That is all three legs of the triangle combined.
In addition, other areas or appliances you need to move to should not be further than 4 feet away as a minimum or exceed more than 9 feet. Each leg of the triangle is measured from the front center area of the sink or appliance concerned.
Too much space between the three prominent areas may result in accidents and will be less user-friendly for the person cooking who also needs to have free and easy access to the French door refrigerator.
Also, the three main work centers should not be separated by a tall cabinet or another appliance. Recessed, corner units are acceptable as these will not interrupt the workflow.
What About Walkways and Doorways
If you have a doorway in your kitchen, then it should be at a minimum 32-inches wide. Should you be blessed with a small kitchen, then it is suggested that the door swings outwards to avoid clearance issues.
Ideally, passageways need to be 36-inches wide and even wider if you have an open plan kitchen design. Within work areas, walkways need to be at least 42-inches wide and up to 48-inches when there is more than one cook.
What About the Dishwasher and Sink Area?
Any sink area should be flanked with 24-inches on the one end and 18-inches on the other side. If you have a small kitchen layout, then you may want to invest in a rolling kitchen counter cart that you can move to your French Door Refrigerator to gain access to ingredients over there.
As far as the dishwasher is concerned, it should be installed within 36 inches of the nearest point to the sink. Be sure to leave a space consisting of 21 inches between adjacent appliances and the dishwasher.
What is the General Ruling with Kitchen Countertops?
One of the first things many homeowners would say when asked - “What is the first area they want to remodel or improve on,” would be countertops. While building codes rarely if ever have anything to do with countertops, the design principles surrounding these do.
- The total length of your counters, which should include a minimum of 13 feet. Homeowners with L-shaped counters or small galley counters cannot install this much counter space.
- Countertop edges that should be round or clipped. These are much better than sharp, 90-degree-angled counters.
- The depth of the counter shouldn’t exceed more than 25 inches, which gets measured from the counter edge to the backsplash or wall.
- Above the counter space is something else we should not overlook, seeing that we have to make use of appliances such as bread machines, microwaves, and blenders. Thus, a vertical allowance of at least 15 inches should be made between the underside of your cabinets and countertops.
Another area that we should not overlook is the landing areas next to your stove. The requirement is at least 15 inches on the one end and 12 inches on the other side. Greater widths are recommended as these measurements are hardly big enough to hold a large pot. It would be great if you can just reach out to your French door refrigerator and take what is needed for your cooking pot.
As you can see, it is not all bad to comply with best practices for kitchen space design.