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Kitchen design has come a long way since the 1940’s when the “work triangle” layout first entered showrooms as the ultimate design for kitchen organization and efficiency.

The standard kitchen triangle consists of three primary work areas : the cooking area including a prep space and stove, the cleaning area including a sink and garbage and the storage and refrigerator area. Traditionally, designers believed that positioning these points in a triangular layout, within 4 to 12 feet of one another created the optimal arrangement for ease of movement and functionality in the kitchen.

As kitchen design became more involved, designers and planning experts including busy moms realized that the kitchen work triangle didn’t always include enough counter space or provide the best storage options. The realization came that when more than one person worked in the kitchen it was difficult to perform simple tasks efficiently in the same work areas. In today’s busy households, there usually isn’t just one cook in the kitchen. Many working families prep and cook a whole weeks worth of food over the weekend. Our kitchens need to work efficiently for more than one person and multiple family members are likely to share the joy of cooking. Family members who share kitchen duties needed more space to work together productively.


This is where kitchen zones come into play. At our designers understand the importance of multipurpose rooms. The standard kitchen triangle design has given way to zones, where multiple people can work without knocking elbows. Homeowners and designers have been coming up with more efficient ideas when considering a remodel. Modern kitchen floor plans often incorporate commercial kitchen concepts, such as multiple work spaces situated along the work triangle, to offer kitchen users new freedom when preparing and cooking food. For example, a homeowner may want a baking zone with a marble counter for rolling dough, a coffee station for busy mornings or a wine bar for easy entertaining and how about a large island for preparing food, eating and entertaining a crowd.


Sometimes a simple renovation, such as upgrading to a wider and longer countertops on one or both sides of the sink can improve movement within the triangle by providing extra food preparation areas and zones. Additionally, many homeowners and kitchen designers have begun to focus on incorporating sliding and lift-style cabinet doors that don’t block movement like standard kitchen doors that swing outward into pathways.


The possibilities are endless. The important thing is that when considering a kitchen remodel, you work with a creative and knowledgeable designer who can customize your kitchen to your exact needs. Here at we can help make your new kitchen not only productive, but beautiful as well.


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