Kitchen planning: Trade veterans share their secrets

The ‘working triangle’ idea is restricting – plan your kitchen to work for you

The ‘working triangle’ idea is restricting – plan your kitchen to work for you

DID YOU KNOW… When it comes to planning and creating your kitchen, there are certain tips and tricks only known by experts. And now us.

“When extending the kitchen space or merging two rooms, the original beams and columns are often tell-tale signs that the room has been changed,” explains Creative Designs’ Tom Coughtrie. “To overcome this, columns can be concealed with kitchen units such as Alno’s flexible modules that vary in height or depth, built to accommodate the differing wall levels, to create a seamless design.”

“Are you right or left handed?”

Palazzo Kitchens’ Jennifer Myszker advises trying to think about how the things hidden from sight work. “Consider the type of units and internal mechanisms that are available to help make best use of the space and offer the maximum amount of practical storage.”
Duncan Heeles, from Kitchens International, touches on an often forgotten spot of bother – keeping things clean. “The location, layout and type of refuse bins, including all recycling receptacles, sinks and dishwasher is one of the key elements in a kitchen in terms of how they are used and who uses them.” Finally, Sculleries of Stockbridge’s Emma MacCuish raises the interesting point of dexterity. “Are you right or left handed? This can be important when considering the cooking and sink area, and which way you would naturally turn. And never downsize your sink!”

Visualising the space in 3D form – during its 2D phase – helps determine problems early:

Visualising the space in 3D form – during its 2D phase – helps determine problems early

Shaun Dunbar from Kitchens by J.S. Geddes advises allowing at least 1.2m between a counter and dining table for optimum manoeuvrability:

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Shaun Dunbar from Kitchens by J.S. Geddes advises allowing at least 1.2m between a counter and dining table for optimum manoeuvrability

Development Direct’s hideaway storage can be incorporated into traditional features:

Development Direct’s hideaway storage can be incorporated into traditional features

Cesar’s flush drawer configuration is fuss free and safety conscious:

Cesar’s flush drawer configuration is fuss free and safety conscious

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