Modern kitchen designs are very practical, sleek, and space efficient. They are specifically designed to define the individuality of the home owners and to enhance the performance and utility of the kitchen. Kitchens should be purposely designed in such a way that they enhance the functionality and availability of space. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house, because it serves as the hub of activity for the family. In today’s competitive world, it has been rightly said that no power can be possessed, or enjoyed, without a well-designed kitchen.
The kitchen layout plays a pivotal role in deciding the effectiveness of the kitchen. A good kitchen design helps you get things done faster. It also helps you save time by reducing the risk of your cooking accidents. A good kitchen layout consists of all the required equipment such as stove, refrigerator, sink, cooker, dishwasher, cabinets, electrical appliances etc.
Most people do not really understand how much kitchen equipment actually plays a crucial role in a kitchen. It is highly imprudent to design a kitchen, which does not have any cabinets and is fitted with modern utensils. A proper understanding of the Kitchen Design is necessary to decide the perfect layout for your kitchen, keeping in mind the kitchen appliances’ usage.
There are several factors, which influence the kitchen design. They include available space in the kitchen, cooking habits, amount of money spent on the kitchen remodeling and personal preferences. The main factor, which affects time-motion studies is the movement of water within a room. So, the layout of the kitchen must allow for easy movement of water, from one area to another. For example, a spacious kitchen will allow more time for washing vegetables while a smaller kitchen will be less efficient for preparing food.
Another important factor that affects time-motion studies is the material used for the kitchen cabinets. In most modern kitchens, the cabinets are made of stainless steel. Other materials such as wood and granite can also be used to good effect. However, there are disadvantages associated with these materials such as rusting, dullness, and easy chopping of vegetables. These disadvantages are not visible in kitchens made using stainless steel, even if the cabinets are of very high quality.
When it comes to countertops, the material used for the tops has become increasingly important in modern kitchens. While the traditional kitchen tops are usually made of granite, metals like steel and aluminum are being increasingly used for countertops in modern kitchens. This can greatly affect time-motion studies because most of the time the top of the countertop is used for cooking. Hence, the top must be of a material, which allows ease of use during cooking. Some examples of material that has been increasingly used for kitchen tops are stainless steel and granite.
A very important aspect of kitchen design is the layout of the kitchen. The kitchen layout influences many other aspects of the kitchen such as how big the kitchen is, what type of storage is built inside, etc. A kitchen layout is influenced by factors such as the size of the kitchen, the number of people who use the kitchen and the amount of space available on the kitchen floor. For example, a small kitchen layout can be efficiently used by having a kitchenette. A kitchenette helps in making the preparation of food much faster by reducing the need to do additional tasks such as chopping vegetables. There are many types of kitchen benches available to help create an effective kitchen layout.
The design of a kitchen with a modular layout is one of the best options available. The most prominent advantage of a modular layout is that it facilitates efficiency by minimizing the amount of space required for working areas and cabinets. The lack of limitations in terms of design makes it suitable for any modern home. Modular kitchens include walk-ins, under the counter storage units, under the floor-heating units, overhead cabinet space, and under the counter water heaters. Under the counter water heaters have become extremely popular due to their efficient working areas and compact sizes.