PART 3 – KITCHEN PLANNING & DESIGN
When planning a kitchen, start with which options are available as to where the cooker/hob can be positioned as this will decide the starting point for the room’s layout. All kitchen designs should adhere where possible to the ‘work triangle’ principle. In other words the relationship between the cooker, sink and fridge should form a triangle so that the kitchen functions well. Therefore, once the cooker position has been decided, begin planning the rest of the space by dividing the room into three distinct areas:
Also take into consideration worktop counter space for food service and clearing up after meals are over. There must be clear traffic areas around the hob and ovens for obvious safety reasons and around a dishwasher as the door to this appliance opens outwards, creating a trip hazard. The more convenient and quick it is to produce and clean up after a meal for the household the more time you have other important things in your life.
The cooker is the most important item in the room and as such should be sited in the most protected position, facing the best direction of the family members, particularly the breadwinner. A correctly positioned cooker/hob will ensure the whole kitchen works most effectively and will ensure better family health and harmony. However, bear in mind this all depends on which sector of the house the kitchen is located in, the position of the sink and the cooker, and which direction the cooker faces – all according to the occupants’ dates of birth!
Next week, read Part 4 – Placement of the Cooker/Hob in my 7 part blog on Using Feng Shui to Design the Ideal Kitchen & Create Perfect Harmony.