The kitchen doesn’t just provide one function. It has a storage function, it is where you prepare food and in most cases it is where you eat. Sometime you can also work there. It is also a place that gives rise to creativity. The preparation of different kinds of food sometimes needs you to think out of the box and use your creative muscle. There are some things that you should consider when you’re unique designing a kitchen or buying a custom made kitchen.
The kitchen should be an interactive space. It is important because of the activities that take place inside it. It is a place that the whole family comes together. And in an age where technology limits human contact, this can be a very good thing. Think about how you move around the space. The kitchen should have a natural flow to it. When you visit kitchen companies, try to visualise how you would act in the custom kitchen. Is it easier to reach for the shelves? Do you have to traverse more space to reach for something? Can you survey the whole area easily so that you can keep on top of things? There is such a thing as a cooking triangle where the washing sink, refrigerator and cooker have to be close to each other so that it will help you manage the activities in kitchen better.
When it comes to the flow of space of the kitchens, you have to consider whether the space allows you to have a group of people inside it comfortably without getting in each other’s way. Does the centre island offer enough circulation? Is there a certain flexibility to the space? When spaces are versatile and have convertible elements, it becomes easier to customise it as you go along. Another thing is that you shouldn’t have an overcrowded kitchen. A full set of knives and other cooking equipment will only get in your way. Keep what is essential to you. This would depend on the size of the family you have and the type of meals that you cook. This will determine the size of the kitchen as well.
It is very important that there is enough empty space that allows you room to manoeuvre within the kitchen. If you have limited space, you can increase efficiency by going for a smaller dishwasher or using an under the counter fridge. You will also have to do some research. Try not to buy the first thing you see. You can look at a chef’s kitchen and see how the space is designed. There are so many ideas online that you can look at and be inspired.