Jan 25, 2018 1:25 pm
We're in the early stages of designing a new kitchen. The space we have is essentially empty (it is currently the living room – no need to go into those details) and we are aiming for something along the lines of an 'L plus island' as in the attached screenshot. (Ignore the horrible materials and colours – I'm limited by the app!)
For the sake of this discussion, assume that the fridge and adjacent pantry cupboard are fixed, and our preference is to keep the island bench clear.
My question for the forum is around the relative positions of the stove and sink. An architect friend tells me that the traditional 'kitchen triangle' approach would put the sink between the fridge and the stove (i.e. swapped from what is shown here). Obviously if we did that the oven would move too.
However I've been studying the zone approach and to me it would make more sense to have the arrangement as shown in the picture. That way the consumables zone is at one end, the fridge-end of the island becomes the preparation zone (with suitable storage underneath), across from that is cooking, then cleaning. Crockery and cutlery would be stored at the window end of the island, opposite the dishwasher.
So, in summary, all else being equal, which way around would you have the stove and sink, and why?
Re: Triangle versus zones2
Jan 25, 2018 10:03 pm
Have you observed your own kitchen movements and worked out which ones are most common? For example, for us when we carefully monitored how we used our current kitchen, (fridge->cooking isn't as commonly used by us as we originally thought, both fridge->sink and pantry->cooking was higher traffic). We also found that we needed to allow clear fridge->sink access without interfering with cooking areas. So, for us, we'd swap what you have - but that's for us.
Another thing to consider is which position for the dishwasher minimises the distance travelled (and hence time involved) when unloading clean dishes. A more central position is definitely preferred.
Yet another factor is how people might 'interfere' with each other around the kitchen (this depends on how many people in your household there are, how many might be cooking simultaneously, how frequently people visit the kitchen to access the fridge or sink, etc.). With your current layout, someone using the stovetop gets in the way of someone moving between the fridge and the sink. Again, this may or may not be an issue for you, depending on how your household typically operates.
Re: Triangle versus zones4
Feb 10, 2018 12:13 am
Your layout is good, as fridge access is easy and clean, and the busy sink area is in a otherwise really quite area, sink and fridge get used more than cook top area, so makes sence as is.
Very good advice algernon. Thanks. I've been informally noting our current movements but will take closer note. You touch on a couple of things I hadn't thought about.
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