Kitchens are one of the two most useful rooms in a house, the other being the bathroom. They house useful systems like a plumbing system, washing area, cooking area, storage compartments and similar essentials needed to cook, clean and room occupants.
A user-friendly design is critical because accessibility reduces the risk of accidents and increases efficiency of chores. Think about it. If you can’t get to the stove or the refrigerator quickly, you’d bump into people busy with other work.
Insufficient countertop space
Too few kitchens have ample counter-top space, so users end up cramped at their workstations. One would assume that a countertop running the length of workstations is a good way to make space. However, if it obstructs traffic flow, then it’s a moot point.
The best way to allocate countertop space is to decide how many cooking appliances will be used, and how large the prepping, cooking and washing areas will be. A central location for tools is a great space saver.
Insufficient storage space
Lack of storage space is not only frustrating but expensive too. Not being able to store foodstuff safely means inviting pests to ransack it and render it unusable. There’ll also be a lot less space to work with if food has to be placed on countertops.
Soft, subtle lighting has no place in a kitchen. You’re working with knives and appliances and if you can’t see well, expect random accidents to happen. Ideally, there should be two types of lighting, general for overall illumination, and task lighting for workstations.
Modern kitchens use a lot of electrical appliances, and it’s vital that wiring is sound. Shorts and outages should not occur because of poor installation. Kitchens also generate a lot of heat and humidity which can tamper with sensitive appliances.
Not only do you eliminate stale odors with ventilation but you keep out smoke, heat, and humidity. Unlike other rooms, kitchens usually need man-made ventilation in addition to natural systems. Range hoods keep airborne particulates at bay and facilitate the exit of odor, heat, and moisture.
Lack of large backsplashes
Backsplashes behind the sink and stove protect the walls from chipping, staining and breaking down. A tile is a good option. It’s cheap, easy to clean and can match all styles of décor.