Designing A Functional Kitchen Layout
It’s tempting when designing a custom home to focus on form over function. The excitement of picking out cabinets and countertop surfaces can distract you from the importance of a functional kitchen. While there is nothing wrong with wanting a showroom-worthy kitchen design, you should prioritize function over form—after all you’ll be using your kitchen daily.
We demand more from our kitchens than we ever have in the past. They need to accommodate our family’s needs, so your first step should be analyzing how your family will use the space. It’s important to work with an experienced homebuilder to map out your kitchen to get the best use of the space. Our experienced design team will work closely with you to plan out your kitchen layout. best After we’ve established the functional needs, the design team at Ilcor Builders can assist you in the aesthetics that will give you a kitchen that will never go out of style.
The Work Triangle
The first thing to address when designing a kitchen is to establish the kitchen work triangle. The kitchen work triangle refers to the work path between the three most used areas: the oven, sink, and refrigerator. Establishing a work triangle allows you to efficiently move from one area to another without a barrier. Ideally, your work triangle will establish equal distances from each area. You’ll also want to evaluate where your main food preparation area will be in relation to your work triangle and ensure that there aren’t any major traffic areas going though your work triangle.
Task lighting is important for heavily used work zones, like your main food preparation area and sink, but you’ll also want additional lighting options. Under cabinet lighting brightens up condensed spaces, pendant lighting can illuminate and colorize your space, and natural lighting can make your kitchen feel airier and cleaner. Kitchen lighting needs to accommodate getting the job done on a daily basis, but you’ll also want lighting for special occasions and parties. Dimmer switches and colorized pendants can help to change the mood of your kitchen from work area, to lounge area.
Kitchen islands are no longer just a useful feature, but a must-have for most homeowners. The added work space helps to accommodate a larger family, while also allowing for casual kitchen seating and entertaining. Other features are also becoming increasingly popular. Additional cabinet bin space for recycling, next to the standard trash can, is a concept that many environmentally conscientious homeowners are adopting. Technology in the kitchen is becoming increasingly commonplace. High-tech appliances and hands-free devices can keep your kitchen on the cutting-edge of kitchen functionality. A pot-filler water spout over the oven can make meal preparation and cleaning easier while adding a aesthetic touch.
Whatever kitchen design aesthetic you desire Ilcor Builders can help you achieve a unique and show-stopping look. But before the artistic work begins, be sure to plan for your kitchen functionality first. Our design experts are available to help you design a kitchen that focuses on function first so that your unique colors, finishes, and flares can shine though. If you’re interested in remodeling your kitchen, or building a unique custom dream home please contact us for a free consultation with our design and build team.
Ilcor Builders has been building custom homes in Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas since 1963. We are a family owned business with over 50 years’ experience building custom homes. We would love the opportunity to discuss your custom home goals in our design studio in North Austin or in the comfort of your home. Please contact us at 512-476-7568 or request a free consultation.