We are going to jump right back in with part two of this kitchen design ideas thread because there are still a lot of basics that we were unable to cover in part one. So, let’s not waste any more time and get right into this…
The Center Island – there is a lot to consider when you design a center island in your kitchen design. First and foremost, if you want a center island, you need to decide what it will be used for. Will it be solely for seating? A combination of functionality with seating? Or do you only want to use it as an additional workspace? In my home, we use it for both, with the front half clearly set up for kitchen use while the opposite side has stools and enough counter space for someone to sit and enjoy a meal if they choose.
Landing Spaces – you will always want some dedicated counter space around each appliance for practical use. For instance, make sure you have at least 15 inches in front of and around the toaster oven for the door to open as well as to have a place to land the times coming out of the toaster oven. Basically, look at appliances that will be used in their stationary position on the counter and make sure you leave enough space to operate them. You will not need that space for appliances that will be moved away from their storage space when operational.
Mind Your Countertops – People who use their kitchens a lot can never have enough counter space. If you have kids in the house that have taken a liking to cook, you may want to consider varying heights for countertops. Really take the time to plan this out to make sure you have enough space.
Double Up – If you often find yourself waiting on an appliance, if your space and financial means permit, consider doubling up on these items so you can cook more efficiently and have your items coming out at the same time rather than waiting around and trying to figure out a way to keep those other items warm until everything is done cooking.
Install a Pot Filler – I got this idea from a restaurant where I worked. It was an Italian spot and we made a ton of pasta dishes, but the nearest sink was about 20 paces away from the cooking area. The solution to not lug water all over the kitchen was to tap into the water line and have a dedicated pot filler in the kitchen by the stovetop. You can do the same thing in your home kitchen design to have a pot filler line installed right over the oven to fill your pots easily without having to tote them all over the kitchen.
We will have more on this in the upcoming days, so stay tuned!