Efficiency has a shape: the triangle
The basic work triangle is comprised of an imaginary line drawn between the kitchen’s primary work areas: food storage (refrigerator), food preparation (stove) and clean-up (sink). For maximum efficiency, the sum total of the triangle should be 26 linear feet, with the sink being the center point.
What you can expect from your designer
In addition to offering guidance on door style, wood type and color selections, a professional kitchen designer will typically prepare three types of documents for your review:
- Floor plan
- Elevations of all of the walls that receive cabinetry
- Perspective view from one or more vantage points within the room
Availability of these documents is usually contingent on a contractual agreement and/or down payment.
A perspective drawing is one that is “3D” or dimensional. It shows the room as it would be actually seen from the viewpoint of a person 5’-6” in height. Perspective drawings provide details such as areas that are increased or reduced in depth, a dimensional quality that elevation drawings don’t offer.
Testing the fit
It is a good idea to layout the proposed kitchen in the actual space. If the space is empty, this is easily accomplished a couple of different ways. Refer to the completed floor plan utilizing a tape measure and masking tape to indicate where cabinets and appliances will be located. If there is an existing kitchen in place, you’ll have to improvise a bit. Both tape and newspaper can be used to outline new cabinets or appliances, helping you visualize your new space.