Kitchen Design – Understanding the Work Triangle and Kitchen Layouts

Written by David Buster

Having a good layout for your kitchen is important, becauserepparttar kitchen should be an efficient and pleasant area in which to prepare meals and do related tasks. Understandingrepparttar 142559 kitchen work triangle concept andrepparttar 142560 basic kitchen layouts is a valuable starting point for having a good kitchen design that you like.

The kitchen work triangle consists ofrepparttar 142561 distance betweenrepparttar 142562 sink, refrigerator and range or cooktop. Each one of these areas becomes a focal point inrepparttar 142563 kitchen and formsrepparttar 142564 three points of a triangle with different distances between them. Done correctly,repparttar 142565 kitchen work triangle providesrepparttar 142566 most efficient food preparation area layout inrepparttar 142567 kitchen.

Whether you’re remodeling an existing kitchen or building a new one, an efficient design means that your work triangle minimizesrepparttar 142568 number of stepsrepparttar 142569 cook must take betweenrepparttar 142570 three areas during meal preparation and cleanup. The total distance fromrepparttar 142571 sink torepparttar 142572 stove torepparttar 142573 refrigerator and back torepparttar 142574 sink should be not less than 12 feet total nor more than 27 feet. Each triangle leg should measure between 4 and 9 feet in length. The kitchen isles should be at least 42 to 48 inches wide to allow people to move around easily and for appliances to be opened with ease.

When selectingrepparttar 142575 floor plan for your kitchen, here are basic kitchen layouts to consider:

* L-Shaped Kitchen - this isrepparttar 142576 most popular kitchen design. It consists of a long leg and a shorter one and this type of design can be used in small and large kitchens. The L-shaped kitchen gives yourepparttar 142577 possibility of having a center island depending onrepparttar 142578 space available. In general, this design will have 2 or 3 appliances on one wall. The usual arrangement is to haverepparttar 142579 refrigerator at one end,repparttar 142580 range or cooktop atrepparttar 142581 other end withrepparttar 142582 sink located inrepparttar 142583 middle. This shape of kitchen generally provides good traffic flow.

* Double L-Shaped Kitchen - this kitchen design has a lot of cabinet space and plenty of counter space. This design is used in large kitchens with two cooks, and it has two or more entering areas, which can cause traffic flow problems. To avoid some of these problems, create two separate working areas on each L ofrepparttar 142584 kitchen so that workflow does not get interrupted by human traffic. * U-Shaped Kitchen - this kitchen design shape has three walls instead of two, andrepparttar 142585 sink usually is located inrepparttar 142586 middle wall section. The refrigerator and range or cooktop are usually onrepparttar 142587 side walls opposite each other. The U-shaped kitchen design gives room for ample countertop space, and you have three walls for cabinets and appliances. This kitchen layout tends to create a working triangle that is very efficient.

The only problem with this type of kitchen design is that sometimesrepparttar 142588 two U corners are not used appropriately. Make sure you buyrepparttar 142589 appropriate storage items forrepparttar 142590 corner cabinets created byrepparttar 142591 U shape design. The U shape design can also create dark kitchens because ofrepparttar 142592 shape andrepparttar 142593 amount of cabinets. Using skylights, large windows, lots of under-cabinet task lighting and light colors will help keeprepparttar 142594 kitchen bright with sufficient light to see what you’re doing.

Conservatory Planning Permission in the UK

Written by Garry John

It is quite unusual inrepparttar UK for a new conservatory to require planning permission. However, as we shall continually state in this article it is always sensible to check with your local authority. As there is always some element ofrepparttar 142440 project that is quite unusual it is prudent to get permission. If in any doubt at all you should contact your local authority for confirmation. This is particularly so in Scotland whererepparttar 142441 rules governing conservatory planning permission differ somewhat fromrepparttar 142442 rest ofrepparttar 142443 UK.

There are a number of things that may cause your conservatory to require planning permission. The size ofrepparttar 142444 conservatory relative torepparttar 142445 property is important and also ifrepparttar 142446 property is a terraced, semi-detached or detached house. Also,repparttar 142447 size ofrepparttar 142448 garden or back yard is important, asrepparttar 142449 conservatory must not occupy more than a certain percentage. When you are planningrepparttar 142450 conservatory take into account its position relative to boundaries ofrepparttar 142451 property asrepparttar 142452 conservatory must remain within certain parameters. Shouldrepparttar 142453 conservatory be used as a commercial entity or if it is to be used as a separate dwelling then planning permission will almost certainly be required.

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