By Aidan Payne. Kitchen Design. Published at Monday, January 15th, 2018 - 21:55:46 PM.
THE KITCHEN FOOTPRINT. Let's start with the space you have available for the kitchen. Whether you are designing for a new home, or remodeling in an existing one, you are limited by how much space you have available in which to create your dream. If the space is fairly small, you will want to consider whether or not you have the option of expanding. You may be able to accomplish this in your existing home and, in a new home, very often you still have time to alter the architectural plan, if needed. In either case, if you can eliminate or relocate a wall or walls or add to the house to create more space for the kitchen, it will improve the function and value of the room significantly. Of course, if you do not create an addition to the house, and just remove or relocate a wall(s), you then have infringed upon a contiguous space and decreased its size, so you have to weigh which option is the best for you. Is it worth giving up the other space to increase the size of the kitchen? In my experience, if you can do without the adjoining space, it is much better to devote that extra space to the kitchen.
The golden triangle. One well-used theme by British kitchen design specialists is called the golden triangle principle. What this means is that like equipment should be paired up with each other and placed in a central work space for easy access. This makes cooking or baking in the British kitchen much more efficiently and effectively because cooks have immediate access to everything they need to accomplish a specific task. It depends on the needs of the user as to what is considered to be a part of the golden triangle. For instance, some people may want their three items to be a stove, sink and microwave. If so, the design would place these three items close together when planning the arrangements in the kitchen. Usually one large item, in this case the stove, could be considered as the anchor item for the triangle formation.
When you plan to remove or relocate a wall(s), the key factor to determine is, by so doing, will you encounter a load-bearing situation? This occurs when the wall(s) is part of the support system for the structure of the house. Usually a contractor can determine this. If the contractor is uncertain, you will need to have a structural engineer examine the structure to make that determination. If it is non load-bearing, when you are ready to start construction, the contractor can proceed to build out the space per the new plan. If it is a load-bearing issue, your local building authority will require that you retain a structural engineer or an architect to design a structural solution for removing or relocating the wall(s). He or she will submit design drawings and calculations of the solution, to the building authority for approval and permit. Upon receiving the permit, when you are ready to begin construction, the contractor can then proceed to build-out the structure per the engineer's or architect's specifications. This is the process in California, based upon the state building standards, Title 24. The process in the other states is very similar.
It can be easy to envision how your new kitchen would be designed and how it could complement the interiors of your home. However, most kitchen designs available in the market today are pre-made, which means you have limited options such as in where you want to store your kitchen tools, pots and pans, utensils, etc. More often than not, regular kitchen designs are ready-made, so you need to adapt around their layout and design. Hence, many people choose bespoke kitchen designs because of the freedom to select the design details as well as setting the layout of the kitchen according to your preferences and needs.
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