Diy Kitchen Planning

DIY kitchen planning is a vital part of and type of home planning. Whether you are building a new house or renovating an old one, or indeed simply renovating an old kitchen, DIY kitchen planning is essential. Not only are you going to have to think about the floor and wall surfaces you're going install, and the kitchen units that you want, DIY kitchen planning also involves ensuring that your kitchen will function properly.

The function of your kitchen will largely be determined by practical factors, as well as the purpose it is going to serve. Of course a kitchen is where you will cook, but it can often have a much greater function. For many people today, the kitchen is the hub of the home. If there is enough space in the kitchen, this might well be where the family eats. If you're a good cook, and you enjoy entertaining, you might also find that this is where your guests choose to settle down while you prepare and perfect the meals you are going to serve them. Good smells and matching company will entice many people into even the very smallest kitchen. Some people even use the kitchen as a laundry, because this is the only place they can comfortably locate a washing machine.

Decide on your Priorities for your DIY Kitchen

So if you are planning a kitchen, decide what your priorities are. Usually you will locate the sink, stove and a fridge in the kitchen, unless perhaps you have the luxury of a separate scullery. Whatever size or shape your kitchen is, and even if you do have a separate scullery, always remember the function of a work triangle. You may not know it, but this is the key to an efficient well-designed kitchen. What it means is that you have to find a logical relationship between the three aids used by anyone in the kitchen. These are:

1. the fridge,
2. the stove, and
3. the sink.

These three items should be positioned so that you can move easily between them, quickly and easily. If you have a separate scullery, it might be advisable to include a prep sink in the imaginary triangle instead.

Now, while the fridge, stove and sink need to be reasonably close together, don't be tempted to place them adjacent to one another. Fridges and stoves need to be kept separate because the one needs to stay cold while the other gets hot. And you don't want water from the sink splashing on these appliances. You will also find that you can
work far more efficiently if there are work surfaces between these important kitchen aids.

Be sure to take this all into account when you start any type of DIY kitchen planning.

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