Kitchen Renovations Toronto
Think kitchen renovation and the first thought that comes to your mind is picking the shiny new appliances, cabinets and faucets. But before polished finishes comes an efficient workflow. If you are cramped for room, have to make multiple trips to get food items from the storage cabinets or find you’re your dishwasher is positioned incorrectly, chances are that you goofed up during the workflow planning.

But do not let all the tiny details about workflow planning overwhelm you.

The fact is that you don’t need to experiment while planning a kitchen workflow. Good old tried and tested techniques still work great.

Here are some tips to help you plan a workflow that best suits you and your family.

What are your uses for the Kitchen?

Every family uses the kitchen differently. If you have a large family, then the kitchen space may also double up for social gatherings. Ask yourself a few questions and when you have the answers, you will be better positioned to start working on the workflow.

How often do you cook in the kitchen? How many people may cook simultaneously? Does your cooking style involve a lot of prep work which demands counter space? What are the things that you will access frequently? Are you a short person who struggles to reach items that are placed in overhead storage cabinets?

All these questions are the typical ones which help you design an apt layout.

The Space

Do you have space limitations? Then you need to plan out the elements carefully. A center island or peninsula counter is an extremely effective functional element. But it demands a lot of space. You can consider a mobile island that can be stored away when not in use. Stick to the rule of thumbs about counter space near the sink, refrigerator and stove.

Traffic

An efficiently planned kitchen workflow keeps the main cooking and work areas free from foot traffic. Traffic can be diverted to bypass the cooking area by using an island.

The Work Triangle

After you have determined the foot traffic flow and the space limitations, it’s time to focus on the work triangle. In simpler terms, it is an imaginary triangle that connects the sink, the stove and the refrigerator. The rule of thumb is to keep these between 4 to 9 feet of each other without any obstacles in between to interrupt with the workflow. A work triangle is one of the most important elements that improves the efficiency of a kitchen.

The Sink location

Any kitchen renovation expert will suggest that you select and decide the positioning of the sink before you decide anything else. This is because, on an average, a person spends more time at the sink than they do at the stove or oven. Once you have determined on the location of the sink, you may want to consider leaving at least 18 inches of counter space open on either sides.

Having designated work zones for prepping, cooking and cleaning also help to create a functional working space that saves time and effort.