Kitchens are the center of the home and can often help you map out the rest of your home’s design. While this is a space is that everyone in your family can enjoy together, yours may be in need of a reset.
Creating a seamless transition from inside to outside is rising in popularity, and kitchen floor plans are changing and opening up to other rooms in the home and to outdoor spaces.
Spring is known for new beginnings, which makes it the perfect season to start your kitchen renovation and redesign its floor plan to meet your family’s current lifestyle and needs.
Understanding Kitchen Ergonomics
Ergonomics plays a role in nearly every aspect of our lives, from working and playing to living and lounging. It is the study of a person’s efficiency in their environment. In this case, it is the study of efficiency in your kitchen, and it birthed what kitchen experts call the work triangle.
The work triangle came about in the 1920’s as a means to measure the efficiency in a residential kitchen and includes:
Food preparation, also known as the stovetop
Cleaning station, also known as the kitchen sink
Food storage, also known as the refrigerator
These three points and the imaginary lines between them, make up the work triangle.
Top 3 Kitchen Floor Plans for Your Home
Even though ergonomics created the work triangle, it doesn’t mean that every efficient kitchen is in the shape of one.
It is simply a guide for where those three main points, or functions, should be in relation to each other. Architects have creatively designed several kitchen floor plans that incorporate the work triangle and accommodate a variety of design and lifestyle preferences.
The following are a few of the top kitchen floor plans you may want to consider when renovating or designing yours.
#1: L-Shaped Kitchen Floor Plans
The L-shaped kitchen is a classic and practical floor plan. Cabinets line the perpendicular walls while retaining an open plan design, leaving enough space to install an island in the center.
There are a number of ways to make this space work for your lifestyle including work zones, appliance placements, corner pantry cupboards, and breakfast nooks.
#2: Open Concept Kitchen Floor Plans
Open concept kitchen floor plans blur the lines between the kitchen and living or dining or family room. Having this floor plan bridges the connection between family time, entertaining, and dining functions of these two spaces.
#3: U-Shaped Kitchen Floor Plans
U-shaped kitchen floor plans have cabinetry that lines three adjacent walls and is more ideal for larger spaces, so you don’t feel like you are squeezed in the center. An added bonus to this floor plan is that there is no shortage of storage.
Bringing Your Kitchen Floor Plans to Life
Whether it is adjusting the layout, moving walls, or just making a few structural modifications, hiring a professional to help bring your kitchen floor plans to life can truly capture your vision the first time around.
“Structural changes often require the help of a professional and more than four in five homeowners confirmed that they hired or plan to hire a pro (85%), with general contractors being the top choice (49%). Fewer than one in five homeowners hire a specialty service provider without a project manager (18%).” - Houzz
At Ryan A. Jones & Associated, we understand how important all the details of your home are to you. Our expertise as builders and renovators of luxury homes allows us to provide you with the services and knowledge necessary for the successful planning, designing, permitting, and construction of your home.
Contact us today for a consultation and learn how we can help bring your dream home to life!