By Oralie Scoot. Kitchen Island. Published at Saturday, January 05th, 2019 - 00:00:02 AM.
The work triangle:
The work triangle used to be the base of kitchen planning. This triangle is formed by the refrigerator, the cooking range as‐well as the sink. According to conventional rules, the triangle is the shortest distance between the fronts of each appliance. The triangle should not be longer than 8 meters (26 feet). A single leg should be at least 1.23 meters (4 feet) as‐well as not more than 2.74 meters (9 feet). The cook should be able to walk without hindrance from appliance to appliance. I followed this rule in my kitchen as‐well as I am really happy with it. Friends of ours have built a huge house with an equally huge kitchen.
They did not deem it necessary to consider something as prosaic as the work triangle. The result is a beautiful kitchen where you have to walk seven meters from the fridge to the sink ‐ cooking in this kitchen requires a lot of exercise. Although the work triangle has been a useful guideline for generations, nowadays it tends to be too simplified. Today we use more than 3 appliances in the kitchen; the microwave as‐well as dishwasher have to fit into the concept as well as the blender as‐well as other gadgets. Still ‐ the triangle remains a good starting point.
Choosing the right equipment:
After having placed the triangle on the layout of your kitchen, decide how to place the other appliances. The dishwasher should always be situated directly next to the sink. There are plenty of options for cooking ranges, wall mounted ovens as‐well as integrated cook tops. The main question is: Do you want to cook with gas or electricity? Once you have chosen, get information about available appliances. The vent hood should always be located on an outside wall so the fumes are blown directly outside. If the way is too long or twisted, a hood will never work properly.
Having enough fridge space is essential. As a rule of thumb you need half a cubic meter (500 liters) for the first two family member's as‐well as another 0.04 cubic meters (40 liters) for every additional family member.
The cabinets influence the look of your kitchen. What you choose depends on your budget as‐well as your taste. Keep in mind that cabinet surfaces should be easy to clean as‐well as resistant to water. If you choose wood for the customized cabinet doors, be careful to purchase seasoned wood. If wood is too fresh it will change shape while drying. Avoid open shelving as much as possible: Dust will settle everywhere.
You can never have too much working surface in your kitchen. There are many options for counter tops, from polished cement to marble, depending largely on your budget. Although marble is beautiful, I would not use it for counter tops in the kitchen. Marble stains easily, can crack when exposed to heat as‐well as is difficult to clean. The height of the counter top should be chosen according to your body height. The normal is 72 centimeters. For me this is much too low. My counter tops are 92 centimeters high as I like cutting vegetables as‐well as cooking while standing.
The choice is endless as‐well as depends on your taste as‐well as budget. I believe in big size sinks as they make life easy. I have 2 jumbo sized stainless steel sinks with anti‐scratch surface as‐well as I am really happy with them. The anti‐scratch surface is a lot more resistant as‐well as a lot easier to clean than the common smooth stainless steel surface.
If you have a big kitchen, you might want to fit it with a kitchen island. An island can be everything from a simple dining table to an extra cook station fitted with a sink as‐well as a hood. Remember the following guidelines: The work aisle between an island as‐well as the opposing counter should be at least 1.06 meters (42 inches) wide. If there are 2 cooks, the distance should be at least 1.22 meters (48 inches). If you want to use your island for eating meals as well, plan a seating area which has 61 centimeters (24 inches) for each person.
If your present kitchen leaves much to be desired, don't despair: Great food can be prepared in the humblest of conditions. You are the cook; you infuse your dishes with your energy, your spirit as‐well as your personality. Whatever the surroundings, if you cook with love, it makes a great difference.
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