After living in a home for a while, things you thought wouldn’t be a huge issue, become bigger annoyances as they get in the way of every day life. The kitchen gets more traffic than anywhere else in the home and these little annoyances that everyone looks past initially can become unbearable fairly quickly.
Poor layout for workflow
If your kitchen requires you to walk back and forth, walk 10 steps from the sink to the stove top, you are working harder than necessary. Keeping your sink within a few steps of your stove top for boiling water or straining your noodles is key to efficiency. Biggest point is: Your kitchen should work for you. When designing your kitchen, make sure you have separate places for washing, prep, cooking, and where you set your finished items before they are ready to serve. This creates a sense of fluidity and convenience for your every day lifestyle.
Lack of counter space where it counts
Countertops are a huge key to the functionality of any kitchen as it is used for pretty much any activity in your kitchen. Make sure there is enough space next to your sink or stove to make sure there is a space to set foods ready to be washed or cooked. Having extra space not near these areas (such as an island or peninsula) is great for avoiding contamination from uncooked and finished products.
Poorly spaced drawers and appliances
Make sure walkways are at least 36 inches apart. It’s important that your drawers and appliances are positioned for convenience while still being well spaced. Also keep in mind the way your appliances and cabinet doors open, as well as any pantry or garage doors that may lead into the kitchen. Having to wait till someone closes the fridge so you can get into your pantry is a huge annoyance, or having your cabinet doors constantly banging into each other can, not only cause damage to your doors, but be a huge detriment to your kitchens flow and efficiency.
Without the appropriate storage, clutter and lack or organization becomes frustrating quick. No matter the size of the kitchen, generously sized upper and lower cabinets should be achievable. Before designing the kitchen, pick spots for everything first, and make sure it will all fit, if not, you’ll need to think of a redesign before you actually start building.