Kitchen layouts – what to consider
May 24, 2019
Choosing the right layout for a kitchen is probably the most important part of the entire kitchen design process. Careful consideration should be taken to incorporate key factors such as space, practicality and style to offer a smart kitchen for your property development.
Type of development
The type and size of development is one of the key points to take into consideration, not forgetting the location and selling price of the development, as this will help determine the optimum layout to help achieve decent profits but also ‘sell’ the property.
For smaller developments with compact kitchens, practicality is often the top priority. The one wall or L-shaped layout is a great option to maximise the use of available space. Fitted rather than freestanding units are preferable and be realistic about the size of appliances and use integrated equipment where possible. Smart storage is an essential, this is why when we design kitchens we incorporate multi-purpose and hidden storage for all the kitchen utensils and dry goods.
Planning a large kitchen space can be just as difficult. Often a larger kitchen needs to perform several functions, such as cooking, dining and socialising. Prospective buyers prefer U-shaped or L-shaped layouts which are ideal for modern day family life, as well as a social hub for dinner parties and entertaining. The addition of an island or peninsular can cleverly split the space into zones and create a natural traffic flow in the room.
Whatever your kitchen size, it’s important to incorporate stylish features for high end property developments that are aiming to appeal to discerning buyers. Give your development the wow factor with luxurious materials, islands with waterfall effect worktops and state-of-the-art appliances.
Optimum use of space
Effective kitchen planning should always adopt the working triangle theory. Developed in the 1940s and still popular today, this concept promotes a natural pathway between the sink, cooker and fridge, with adequate worktop space in-between. To ensure maximum efficiency, the sink, oven and fridge should be positioned in a working distance from each other to minimise wasted steps and provide ample room for cooking.
If you’re looking to achieve the perfect balance of ergonomics and quality for your development, speak to the team at Chalk Kitchens for expert advice.