Depending on your lifestyle, the kitchen can often be the heart of a home. In addition to serving its intended purpose it often operates as a gathering spot, an office, a dining room, and a work station. With all of the roles the kitchen plays it’s important to make sure it is highly functional, in addition to being stylish. There are a few mistakes that are commonly made when designing and building a kitchen. We’re going to walk you through some of them and teach you how to avoid them.
Focus on Placement: One of the most common issues in a home’s kitchen is poor placement of appliances, fixtures, and lighting. The three most used items in the kitchen are the fridge, sink, and stove. Placing one of these things in an awkward or inconvenient location will have a big impact on your kitchen functionality. These three items should be placed so they form a triangle, this will allow you to go from one to the next with ease. The placement of the lighting in your kitchen can also have a big impact on it. When placing your lighting, focus should be on work areas. Countertops and appliances should all be brightly lit to allow ease of use and to prevent any accidents.
Don’t Skimp on Surfaces: A common complaint about kitchens is a lack of countertop space. Having a limited area to work in the kitchen can make cooking the simplest meal an event. It’s fairly simple, if you have extra countertop space in your kitchen, you’re generally going to use it. However, if your kitchen has almost no room to prepare a meal, odds are you are going to be using your kitchen a lot less. It is also important to not add extra surfaces just for the sake of it, I’m mainly talking about an island. Kitchen islands can take up a large amount of space right in the middle of the kitchen. You need to ask yourself if you have the room for it, and if you actually need it. A good alternative to this would be a breakfast bar. It offers you extra countertop space, but doesn’t cut a chunk out of the middle of the room.
Protect Your Kitchen: A lot of crazy things can happen in the kitchen, especially for the less experienced cooks. We all have had that time when we simply cannot get the smell of last nights dinner out of the kitchen. While it may have been delicious last night, having to smell it the next day kind of negates that in the long run. If you have a ventilation system in your kitchen you can avoid that situation all together. Good ventilation can not only improve air quality, but help extend the life of your appliances by removing air impurities.
As previously stated, the sink and oven are two of the most used appliances in the kitchen. Now think back to how many times food has splattered onto the wall behind the stove, or water splashed behind the sink. While it’s easy right now to just wipe it up and carry on, over time the exposure to heat, humidity, and moisture will take a toll on the walls behind these appliances. Installing a backsplash along side your kitchen counters and appliances is a great long term investment as it prevents any damage to the walls. Also it’s much easier to wipe sauce off of tiles or metal than it is paint or wallpaper.