As the majority of rooms in a house are square or rectangular, most kitchen designs will fit around the room shape and can fall into pre-defined shapes such as L-shaped, U-shaped, galley-shaped. This will, therefore, be the starting point of your design.
You should rely on your kitchen designer to give you your main kitchen design ideas and to recommend the ultimate kitchen shape, however your designer will need lots of information before they start.
The work centre is the starting point which should lead to the work triangle in the final design. The work centre is the area where most of the activity in a kitchen takes place. This is between the cooking zone, the sink/ dishwasher zone and the preparation zone.
The dishwasher and bin should be close to the sink in any good design and remember your bin should be able to open at the same time as your dishwasher – so watch out for any clashing.
Cooking is an entirely individual requirement with the keener cook perhaps requiring more cooking equipment. However, it is normally good practise to keep your ovens in one area although often the hob may be on the opposite side of the kitchen or in a larger island unit.
Where there is cooking happening in a room there is a need for extraction and there are lots of extraction design ideas out there. From downdraft to island ceiling extraction, the choice is extensive however each design has one item in common. An extractor has to extract to somewhere and planning your extraction route to the outside is an extremely important part of the kitchen design. Of course you can re-circulate into the room, required now in passive houses, however external extraction is always the better choice if feasible.
The third part of your work triangle is your preparation zone. As much prep area as possible is always advisable and consider how that can be achieved. Using an island for extra surface area is common practise but in smaller kitchens you may choose to do without some cabinet storage to create the extra preparation area.
Lastly, design ideas for your dining may not be part of your kitchen design, in that you may have a separate dining space, but it does need to be considered during the kitchen design phase. You may want to include an informal dining area in your kitchen in the form of a breakfast bar with stools. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a large space, a table could be integrated into your kitchen with matching work surfaces.
With lots more kitchen design ideas in-store, Kube would like to invite you to a design consultation at your nearest Kube store. Call and make an appointment with one of our designers and don’t forget the first consultation is absolutely free.
Is your kitchen a little tired and dated? Is your family fast outgrowing the kitchen you currently have and you are in need of some extra living space? If you are considering kitchen remodelling this year you will need to allocate some time for some pre-planning. Kitchen remodelling is a large expense that you will want to complete now to a standard that will mean it will last for the next 20 years. The planning stage, therefore, is the most important stage of the entire remodelling project.
If you are extending and remodelling the entire space it is a good idea to appoint an architect to assist. You may need planning permission for the work you are undertaking and expert advice now will be worth it in the end. Family living areas are more open plan these days with the emphasise on space and lots of light. You should consider roof lights in your ceiling to allow the light flow in or a floor to ceiling wall of glass will bring the garden into the room.
Some kitchen remodelling projects will use pre-fabricated garden rooms which are quick to install and very cost effective. Depending on the size you may not even need planning permission.
Of course the kitchen itself is the centre of the kitchen remodelling project and therefore needs lots of planning. Expert advice is easily available in most kitchen retail stores. At Kube we will meet you for an initial brief and prepare a full set of designs at absolutely no cost to you. This is an invaluable tool to assist you with the project. Your kitchen designer at Kube will be interested in creating a kitchen to suit your needs. They will be considering refrigeration requirements, cooking needs and seating and dining habits. They will also be concentrating on the more mundane aspects of the kitchen such as extraction and ensuring you have an extraction plan for your new kitchen.
Other items to consider in your kitchen remodelling project is flooring – tiles, wood , marble – there is lots of choice out there.
Something often left to last and not given the attention it deserves is the overall lighting plan. To engage a lighting specialist to plan your room’s lighting will be the icing on the cake in your entire remodelling project.
Drop into your nearest Kube store to browse our range or to make an appointment for a design consultation.
Marble is a natural stone product which can be used for kitchen worktops. Some marbles have very definite veining through the stone slabs which would normally be incorporated as a feature in the kitchen. Pictured is a recently installed Kube kitchen doing just that. The stunning marble backsplash displays this stone’s very distinctive veining pattern in a vertical position behind the hob. This is not easily achieved and takes a lot of planning and choosing of marble slabs before manufacturing can begin. The end effect is definitely worth the effort. Be warned however. Although marble is a very beautiful material it is also a porous material and can stain easily. It may not be suitable in a very busy household.
Are you feeling restricted with your current kitchen layout? Does your existing kitchen suffer from limited storage? Do you dream of finding a better solution for the limited space available? Now there’s no need to battle with the everyday constraints of a poorly designed kitchen. Kube are experts in kitchen design, we can guide you through the benefits of clever storage and good layout practices that will fit in with your busy lifestyle.
Colour choice and finish in small kitchens can be equally as important. Choose bright and clean lined finishes. A Kube design consultation is free of charge and we can help you to design a kitchen that celebrates food preparation and storage, dining and entertaining. Call in to any of our showrooms and let’s start planning your new kitchen.