It's down to the designer to listen to the clients and ask good questions. I just spent two hours on the phone going over kitchen plans with some friends; I built their cabinets here in Laramie b4 they moved out of state, and they want me to do the kitchen in their new home too. They sent me some CAD plans that are okay, but clearly drawn by someone who does not cook as hard as my friends cook. (Never met an architect that can lay out a kitchen. One assumes they eat a lot of take-out.) So we moved appliances around, changed drawer sizes and distributions, went thru convenience hardware options, increased upper cabinet depth, etc.Nothing like a well designed kitchen. Or any workspace, really.
If only the users would actually use it as designed!
Even with a very open, open floor plan the kitchen always has the most gravity! Might have to do with food...The big kitchen thing is a response to the fact that everyone ends up in the kitchen at parties.
My kitchen is 8'x9'.I don't know why people in the US want a huge kitchen, other than if they want to have a big table in it to eat meals. To me efficiency is important, I don't need roller skates to get from the fridge to the stove.
My kitchen is 10'x10' with a 3'x5' pantry room just out of sight on the left. I designed the layout, it was built and installed by a kitchen cabinet company. The cabinets are nothing special. At least the doors and drawer fronts are solid wood anyway. The counter tops are local granite. The kitchen is small but I have a lot of useful counter space and plenty of cupboards as well as a dishwasher. The fridge and the freezer are on the right behind the doors, the freezer is on the bottom. Small refrigerators and freezers are the norm in Europe.
I can stand in front of the stove on the island and with minimal movement I can reach 90% of what I need. I've cooked for as many as 60 people in that kitchen without any trouble. There is a sink on the island and there's another one in the back corner where you can just see the corner of the dish drainer peeking out. The dining room table is just on the other side of the blue rug runner in the lower right.
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you need to account for lost shelf space. those hinges were in our house, built '55-56.Saw this in a YouTube video. Pure genius. 4 days later I installed them on my pots and pan doors.
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