There was a survey done by statista.com in 2014 to show the number of hours people spent cooking in a kitchen. India ranked highest with respondents spending an average of 13.2 hours per week in the kitchen. Ukraine had an average of 13.1 hours per week. That’s almost 2 hours of kitchen time a day.
With so much time spent in the kitchen, it’s a space that should be well-equipped for optimal functionality. Every kitchen I designed had its unique requirements. I spend more time planning a kitchen than any other room in the house.
The first thing I do when planning a kitchen is to list down the appliances and equipment the clients plan to have. The kitchen layout is then designed, incorporating all of these items.
Here is a list of kitchen appliances that may be useful when planning a new kitchen.
4) Cooker hood. Though most homes use a cooker hood, some prefer using an extractor fan.
5) Oven. Built-in ovens are the best as they don’t take up counter space.
7) Coffee machine.
9) Kitchen blender.
10) Food processor. They are not the same as a blender. A food processor breaks down dry and chunky ingredients while a blender preferred for wet ingredients and liquids.
11) Juicer. Slow juicers and citrus press juicers have become quite popular now.
12) An electric kettle.
13) Garbage disposal unit. I have seen people throw all their food waste into the sink and let this machine grind it before it goes down the drainage. I am not sure if that’s a good or bad thing!
15) Freezer. A standalone freezer is usually used to store large amounts of frozen ingredients.
16) Wine chiller.
Once you have your list ready, it’s easier to plan your kitchen. Identify your three work areas in the kitchen and create your work triangle.
Read my other blog for a kitchen layout guide where I explain about the work triangle.