By Aidan Payne. Kitchen Design. Published at Sunday, November 12th, 2017 - 22:15:18 PM.
A business-oriented kitchen, that is well-designed, forms an integral part of safe, efficient and profitable commercial food preparation. A business-oriented kitchen that has been designed to take into consideration ergonomics will be highly prized by the proprietor, chef as well as the kitchen staff. It may not be that easy to really appreciate just how vital the design is until you have worked in a kitchen that has been badly designed. A well equipped and designed kitchen will empower you to provide quality services to your customers. Careful assessment of the current and future needs provide you a solid foundation for business success. Smart kitchen designs create a positive work atmosphere and avert unnecessary bottlenecks and interruptions.
THE DESIGN STYLE. There are many design motifs available to you: Traditional, Modern, Contemporary, Country, Craftsman, Cape Cod, etc. The design motif that you select will obviously heavily influence the selection of all of the other elements in the kitchen. The cabinet style and finish have the strongest influence on the design style of the kitchen. As I mentioned, you can start by collecting magazine photos of kitchens to get a feel for what you do and do not like. They will give you great ideas for all things kitchen. Stock, semi-custom or custom cabinets have many different styles and finishes to offer and of course, custom cabinets can provide any design and finish
Select Your Base Kitchen Cabinets. First select your base cabinets. The choice will depend on the service you are using, but one high-quality furniture company that hand-makes custom furniture offers a variety of base units in widths from 9 to 60 inches wide, all by 24 inches deep and 34.5 inches high. Units offered include normal storage cabinets, 9 and 12 inch wide pull-out spice racks, waste units, drawer units, corner Lazy Susan, sink base and base for a dishwasher. There is also a 24 inch wide and 84 inch high pantry unit with seven shelves. You can mix and match all or any of these to fit the space available to you to the nearest nine inches. You can then select your upper cabinets.
HOW & WHERE YOU WILL EAT. You may prefer to be able to eat in the kitchen by having an island with seating. The size of the island that the room will accommodate will determine how many persons you can seat. Seating at an island reduces the storage space available in the island, so the balance of the kitchen storage will need to absorb this loss. You can basically sit at three counter heights: chair height (29-30"), counter height (36") and bar height (42"). If you have an adjacent breakfast room, you may want to eat there in the interest of having more storage space in the island. If the room will accommodate it, you may like the idea of a built-in booth in the breakfast room or kitchen, in lieu of a typical table and chairs. Many clients like to have the option of eating in both the breakfast room and at the island in the kitchen. In some cases there is no breakfast room and the dining room serves as both breakfast room and dining room. In any case, you should give these and other possibilities careful consideration.
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