Laying the Kitchen Plan
The kitchen is the most frequented of all spaces in the house, as it houses the food, nobody can do without. A properly designed kitchen can aid in the optimal utilization of space along with quenching the aesthetic thirst of the mind.
The basic layout of the kitchen should allow for a lot of open space, irrespective of the overall dimensions of the kitchen. A bit of thoughtfulness can do the trick here? The wall cabinets should essentially be extended up to the ceiling, as any space between the two would encourage the accumulation of the dust and useless articles.
See to it that the placement of no doors should interfere with the work areas. Make sure that the approach between two or more workstations should not be obstructed by any cabinets or appliances. Avoid having any dining place in the kitchen area. The dining table should always be preferred separate from the kitchen.
The flooring used must be of ceramic or terracotta tiles. There should not be any cabinets over or near the cooking stove. The sink – the most used part of the kitchen – should be laid at an appropriate distance from the fridge and the stove.
The placing of the three essential components of the kitchen – the storing space or the refrigerator , the cooking gas or stove and the sink – should follow a triangular pattern in order to avoid congestion of the most repeated and major functions. Most of the utensils and appliances if not in regular use must be kept hidden in the cabinets.
Use bright colours on the walls and the flooring to give a warm effect to the ambience. The monotony of the design can be broken by creating some center of interest in the kitchen by any one of the ways: using contrasting colors for a corner or small space; shaping certain components in an odd way or creating a section based on a particular theme, in contrast to the rest of the construct.
Provide sufficient ventilation for air in the kitchen, the ventilation should be directed away from the main house. The appliances to be used must be thoughtfully placed in order to avoid any functional glitches later. Installing roll out cabinets can substantially increase the storage area.
Hardwood is a durable option for making the storage cabinets as any other synthetic material used for the same can be susceptible to deterioration by excessive heat and moisture common to the kitchen environment. Install a larger and deeper sink to avoid the spilling of water on adjacent surfaces.
As per the Vastu principles, the kitchen must be located in the southeast corner of the house. The cooking stove must be placed in the southeast sector of the kitchen. The shapes and detailed designs of the surfaces, platforms and the cabinets should facilitate easy cleaning of the same.
The kitchen is the most vibrant and active part of the house. A creatively designed kitchen can increase the efficiency of the processes involved, not to forget the indirect impact it can have on the taste and quality of the food prepared in it.