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PLANNING A NEW KITCHEN

KITCHEN SHAPE
The shape of the kitchen, eg. U-shape, galley style, island type, is a good place to start. Do you want more than one entry point? Are there normally one or many people in the kitchen at one time? Consider designated areas for storing food, preparing food, cooking and serving and the spaces needed for each. Applying a basic work triangle between the sink, fridge and cooking area is still a good guide to assessing how much time you will spend moving around the kitchen.

TRAFFIC FLOW
Make sure there is adequate circulation space at the fridge when the door is open. The same would apply to the dishwasher.
Consider traffic flow in the cooking section of the kitchen. Is there enough bench space for placing hot dishes from the oven?
Consider the height of the microwave the container may not be hot but the contents are. If it is mounted above the wall oven, make sure its not too high for you.

STORAGE
Storage is an incredibly part of planning everyone is different. Having the appropriate cupboards, drawers or shelves for your needs can save you time in the kitchen.
Allocate space for big plates, serving trays, large pots, bin storage and utensils for cooking.
Spices, oils, etc will they be on the bench or in a drawer or cupboard?
How do you use your dishwasher? Do you rotate plates directly from the dishwasher or do you unload the dishwasher when its cycle is finished?
Do you need a drainer beside your sink and which side do you prefer it on?

LISTS
Make a list of the things you do and dont like about the kitchen you currently have. There may be a previous kitchen that really worked well for you. Speak to the people who are designing your kitchen about these things as well as mentioning to your cabinet maker what you are trying to achieve.

BENCHTOPS
The type of benchtop is very important. It needs to fit in with the way you use a kitchen and also fit your budget.


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