PART 6 – WORK SURFACES & WORK SPACE
The counter top can be one of the most expensive purchases in a kitchen, so it is worth investigating all the options available to you. Select the most durable type which is heat, scratch and stain resistant and one which you won’t tire of over time. A good choice is natural stone or reconstituted stone. To save on costs, try mixing worktops such as using a wood worktop on an island unit and granite on the rest of the base units. This can also help to create interest and relieve the sameness (i.e. having too much of one type of material in the room).
Island units are very popular but should be chosen and sized with care. Although they can provide extra worktop space, storage and a breakfast counter, they can impinge on the traffic flow in a kitchen. Unless well designed, they can also leave diners with their back facing toward the door which is never a good situation. Take into account the space required to open cabinet doors to storage units located under the island as well as the doors to the units opposite/surrounding it, as well as whether or not people are comfortable eating at a higher level.
Frequently a peninsula functions better than an island unit, often creating a U shape which is one of the best kitchen designs, whilst providing extra storage and worktop as well as the possibility to incorporate a breakfast bar to one side of the peninsula, space permitting. There are various choices available as to how the edges of the counter tops can be finished and the finish should be selected according to the style of kitchen being installed. Discuss the options available with your kitchen supplier.
Next week, read Part 7 – Storage & Convenience in my 7 part blog on Using Feng Shui to Design the Ideal Kitchen & Create Perfect Harmony.