‘Tis the season for family, friends, and a lot of good food. Having the right kitchen layout during the holidays can make life a little less stressful when cooking for a crowd. So if you’re considering a kitchen remodel, take some time to evaluate the “activity centers” or “work zones.”
Now if those terms don’t sound like traditional kitchen design to you, don’t worry. You’re not the only one. It wasn’t until 10-20 years ago that the way kitchens are designed began to incorporate more than just “where do the fridge and the stove go?” It has now evolved to be a central hub of the house. So that’s where the “activity centers” and “work zones” come into play.
According to HGTV, the kitchen should include work zones for the following:
- Foods. Storage for groceries, including non-perishable items, refrigerated and frozen foods
- Dishes, Etc. Space for dishes, glasses, cutlery and odds-and-ends, such as scissors or desk items
- Cleaning. An area for recycling/waste management with recycling bins and trash cans, and space for household cleaning items
- Food Preparation. The main work area with access to utensils, knives, small appliances, cutting boards, mixing bowls, etc.
- Cooking. Where you’ll find pots, pans, bake ware, cooling racks, etc.
Additionally, a kitchen might also provide spaces for these activities:
- Entertaining. An island, peninsula or other bar area that can accommodate stools and serve as a stand-or-sit space for cocktails or dinner. Or, an entertainment configuration might include a conversation zone with lounge chairs and a low table or versatile ottoman.
- Dining. A place where family can eat breakfast together, or where a household can host holiday dinner (depending on goals for the space).
- Working (Home Office). Either dedicated workstation or hidden features like a drop-down touch-screen computer.
Remodeling a kitchen is a lot more than just updating your appliances. Try starting your remodel with this Kitchen Questionnaire. There’s a lot of questions you may not have thought about and may have an impact on the design of your new kitchen. Feel free to fill it out and bring it to a consultation with Fänas Architecture. We’re always here to help or any answer questions you have about changes to your home. Fänas Architecture can be reached by calling 303.444.5380 or emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org.