How to Design the Perfect Functional Kitchen
Believe it or not, the kitchen is the most important room in the house; it’s the center of you and your family’s day-to-day living, where the day begins with coffee and breakfast, where you spend quality time eating and socializing. As the heart of your home, having a well developed layout will help foster a productive space, as well as a warm and welcoming atmosphere. In this article, we break down the must have elements when designing the perfect and functional kitchen.
The Kitchen Triangle
The kitchen triangle is the relationship between the three major kitchen components: the sink, the cooktop, and the refrigerator. These appliances are the main areas where preparation and cooking will take place, so it’s important to have them designed as a flow of traffic from one to another. With the kitchen triangle design, you’ll be able to rotate between cooking at the stove, prepping food at the sink/counter space, and gathering supplies from the refrigerator. It also helps minimize the walking distance between the three appliances.
Open Kitchen Concept
An open concept is a very important must have kitchen element. Allowing the living, dining, and cooking spaces to flow together gives the home a welcoming ambiance. Not only does an open concept make the room feel more spacious and bright, but it’s also an easy way to keep an eye on young children, spend more time with family, and entertain guests while preparing food. By having these rooms “connected” everyone is able to feel like they are a part of the action.
Optimal Storage + Counter Space
Even with the spacious feel of an open floor plan, you always want to make sure you’re maximizing the storage space of your kitchen. This can include adding more cabinets for dinnerware and cooking utensils, and switching a small closet out for a walk-in pantry. You can boost the existing space with organizers, wire baskets and more to hide the cluttered, less functional items away in cabinets and pantries. Create work-station charm with jars and stylish containers for your coffee station, cooking utensils, and fruit. Vertical wall storage is also another way to keep the counters clear for cooking and/or entertaining. By optimizing your storage space, not only will your counters feel more aesthetically pleasing and functional, you’ll also have more room for meal prepping and entertainment.
A Center Island
In terms of maximizing usage and functionality, having a center island in your kitchen is a must. It heightens your walkways, increases your storage capacity, and adds additional counter space and seating. Reflecting back to The Kitchen Triangle mentioned earlier in the article, we recommend a Gourmet kitchen option that features a cooktop on the central island. This way you’re able to face your guests and cook simultaneously. As a focal point of your kitchen, the island beautifully combines function and style.
Today, a kitchen is way more than just a kitchen, it’s a living space for you, your family, and your guests. And, as you can see, having a functional design is key for both cooking and entertaining. With over 75 home designs to choose from, Maronda Homes is here to make your kitchen dreams come true!