It’s not a cliché to say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Even if your range hood fan is quiet most of the time, the kitchen is still the place where all of us cook and eat. I’ve noticed that kitchens often suffer from poor design regardless if they’re built into an older home or newer construction. I’m not sure if it’s the challenge of making the kitchen both functional and beautiful that causes designers and home builders problems. Whatever the issue is, and if you find yourself re-designing your kitchen, make sure you avoid these pitfalls.
- Breaking the triangle. Most kitchen fixtures are built according to the triangle … even if the kitchen is a galley or L-shape. The triangle allows you to move efficiently from the sink to the fridge to the stove. If there’s too much space separating those three essentials, food preparation will take longer and feel more tiring. If there isn’t enough space separating them, having more than one person prepping food will feel crowded.
- Wasting space. Even large kitchens can be guilty of wasting storage space. Install oversize cabinets that reach to the ceiling or extend counter space and built shelves or drawers underneath.
- Skimping on lighting. Spend the money on an electrician and have him or her install as much lighting as possible. Place a pretty chandelier over the eating area. Place focused lighting along any workspaces.
- Skipping a range hood. Ventilation is key, and opening the windows really isn’t enough. You need a quality range hood to exhaust all the odor, grease, and steam to the outside. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time scrubbing down the walls and ceiling.