We are very familiar with classic L-shaped kitchen designs. Urban houses, in particular, will have space at a premium and many will be designed with kitchens in an L-shape to make use of all the wall space available. The sink run will often be on one wall with a window while incorporating some preparation space, with the cooking zone set on the perpendicular wall.
However open plan living spaces are more in vogue in recent years and architects are opening up those tighter compact kitchens and bringing cooking, eating and relaxing into the one living space.
A more modern version of the L-shaped kitchen design, pictured, is in a recently developed housing scheme, Hazelbrook, in Dublin. Kube, in conjunction with the developer, designed a white handle-less streamline kitchen in the classic L-shape, with cooking on one wall and the sink on the window wall. However, the room is open planned and flows beautifully into the dining section with a wooden breakfast bar adding that touch of warmth to the crisp white design.
Not every room design, however, can include an available window to suit the placement of the sink. Therefore as shown, the sink can also be placed on any wall or even in the island unit. Cooking zones are more often at eye level, lending themselves to the L-shape perfectly.
To view L-shaped designs plus lots more, visit any Kube showroom in Dublin and Cork or alternatively make an appointment to meet a design consultant to discuss your kitchen plans.
As the majority of rooms in a house are square or rectangular, most kitchen designs will fit around the room shape and can fall into pre-defined shapes such as L-shaped, U-shaped, galley-shaped. This will, therefore, be the starting point of your design.
You should rely on your kitchen designer to give you your main kitchen design ideas and to recommend the ultimate kitchen shape, however your designer will need lots of information before they start.
The work centre is the starting point which should lead to the work triangle in the final design. The work centre is the area where most of the activity in a kitchen takes place. This is between the cooking zone, the sink/ dishwasher zone and the preparation zone.
The dishwasher and bin should be close to the sink in any good design and remember your bin should be able to open at the same time as your dishwasher – so watch out for any clashing.
Cooking is an entirely individual requirement with the keener cook perhaps requiring more cooking equipment. However, it is normally good practise to keep your ovens in one area although often the hob may be on the opposite side of the kitchen or in a larger island unit.
Where there is cooking happening in a room there is a need for extraction and there are lots of extraction design ideas out there. From downdraft to island ceiling extraction, the choice is extensive however each design has one item in common. An extractor has to extract to somewhere and planning your extraction route to the outside is an extremely important part of the kitchen design. Of course you can re-circulate into the room, required now in passive houses, however external extraction is always the better choice if feasible.
The third part of your work triangle is your preparation zone. As much prep area as possible is always advisable and consider how that can be achieved. Using an island for extra surface area is common practise but in smaller kitchens you may choose to do without some cabinet storage to create the extra preparation area.
Lastly, design ideas for your dining may not be part of your kitchen design, in that you may have a separate dining space, but it does need to be considered during the kitchen design phase. You may want to include an informal dining area in your kitchen in the form of a breakfast bar with stools. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a large space, a table could be integrated into your kitchen with matching work surfaces.
With lots more kitchen design ideas in-store, Kube would like to invite you to a design consultation at your nearest Kube store. Call and make an appointment with one of our designers and don’t forget the first consultation is absolutely free.
Is your kitchen a little tired and dated? Is your family fast outgrowing the kitchen you currently have and you are in need of some extra living space? If you are considering kitchen remodelling this year you will need to allocate some time for some pre-planning. Kitchen remodelling is a large expense that you will want to complete now to a standard that will mean it will last for the next 20 years. The planning stage, therefore, is the most important stage of the entire remodelling project.
If you are extending and remodelling the entire space it is a good idea to appoint an architect to assist. You may need planning permission for the work you are undertaking and expert advice now will be worth it in the end. Family living areas are more open plan these days with the emphasise on space and lots of light. You should consider roof lights in your ceiling to allow the light flow in or a floor to ceiling wall of glass will bring the garden into the room.
Some kitchen remodelling projects will use pre-fabricated garden rooms which are quick to install and very cost effective. Depending on the size you may not even need planning permission.
Of course the kitchen itself is the centre of the kitchen remodelling project and therefore needs lots of planning. Expert advice is easily available in most kitchen retail stores. At Kube we will meet you for an initial brief and prepare a full set of designs at absolutely no cost to you. This is an invaluable tool to assist you with the project. Your kitchen designer at Kube will be interested in creating a kitchen to suit your needs. They will be considering refrigeration requirements, cooking needs and seating and dining habits. They will also be concentrating on the more mundane aspects of the kitchen such as extraction and ensuring you have an extraction plan for your new kitchen.
Other items to consider in your kitchen remodelling project is flooring – tiles, wood , marble – there is lots of choice out there.
Something often left to last and not given the attention it deserves is the overall lighting plan. To engage a lighting specialist to plan your room’s lighting will be the icing on the cake in your entire remodelling project.
Drop into your nearest Kube store to browse our range or to make an appointment for a design consultation.
Marble is a natural stone product which can be used for kitchen worktops. Some marbles have very definite veining through the stone slabs which would normally be incorporated as a feature in the kitchen. Pictured is a recently installed Kube kitchen doing just that. The stunning marble backsplash displays this stone’s very distinctive veining pattern in a vertical position behind the hob. This is not easily achieved and takes a lot of planning and choosing of marble slabs before manufacturing can begin. The end effect is definitely worth the effort. Be warned however. Although marble is a very beautiful material it is also a porous material and can stain easily. It may not be suitable in a very busy household.