Alison Day, head of design at Lanzet Kitchens, talks about the importance of layout in today’s kitchens and how to determine the ideal design for your consumer…
Open-plan living, dining and kitchen designs continue to dominate the market. Barry Casement, Managing Director of Lanzet, a national supplier of kitchens to house builders and developers, explains that many of his house building client’s new home designs incorporate not only the dining area but also the living room as well.
Not surprisingly, open floor plans centred around a great room and kitchen continue to top homeowners’ wish lists. “The formal living room is a room of the past. Homebuyers want the openness and flexibility of integrated spaces,” says Barry “adopting an open plan layout also makes smaller houses feel bigger.”
When you’re building from plan, you have the great opportunity to ensure optimum room size and positioning in relation to other rooms in the house. It also allows you more scope for positioning windows and doors to maximise the kitchen layout and complement the architecture.
We’ve all heard about the ‘working triangle’ in the kitchen, but there are new shapes to consider when designing a kitchen.
Founded in the 1940s, the working triangle was developed to maximise cooking efficiency by reducing the travelling distance while cooking. The working triangle ensures the three key kitchen appliances – the cooker, refrigerator and sink are close at hand in triangle formation with sides of no more than 9ft in length.
The U-shape is all about maximising corner storage and creating easy access to appliances and cupboard items. The U-shape design maximises the efficiency of the working triangle by reducing its proximity, so that key appliances are easily accessible.
Requiring only two walls, the L-shape is ideal for smaller kitchens and apartments. This layout creates a modern, open-plan design by opening up floor space. Lanzet’s Lisse kitchen shows how to build plenty of workspace into an L-design between key appliances but also maximise storage via double wall-mounted eye level fitted units.
An island layout is perfect for large, stylish kitchens, typically in executive homes. As kitchens continue to be the social centre of the home, large kitchen islands serve a multitude of roles, from prep station, to homework spot, to eating area, it’s ideal for cooks who like to entertain.
The island unit makes cooking efficient by creating a compact working triangle on just one side of the room, so that additional appliances such as dishwashers do not disrupt the cooking workflow.
A key kitchen trend in 2017 is ‘The Cube’ – a stylish, square-edged feature of three or four appliances, frequently comprising of a combination of a conventional oven, a steam oven, a microwave, a warming drawer or a coffee machine. The design maximises efficiency by reducing travelling distance between appliances. Dishes can be brought out of one oven and popped in another to roast, stew or simply keep warm and all can be checked on simultaneously – so nothing gets forgotten about!
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