Efficient Kitchens Using Clever Design

Having a new kitchen is not all about it looking good. A big part of kitchen design is ensuring your time in the kitchen will be productive and efficient. Often the reason home owners want to change a kitchen is because it has become old and worn out. Another reason is often because they find the layout of the kitchen is no longer working for them.

This can be for any number of reasons such as the kitchen has become too small for what they need to do or it was not designed well in the first place. Whatever the reason, it is important to talk to a professional such as one of our amazing designers at Craftbuilt Kitchens to get the best design to ensure your new kitchen is most effective.

Because the kitchen is often the heart of the home it is important to get the layout and design right to allow for efficiency as well as the space for those in the home, visitors and occupants, to congregate and spend quality time.

Kitchen Triangle

We have discussed this many times before but for this topic it is relevant again. The kitchen work triangle is a very important design element to incorporate. It allows easy movement and flow in the kitchen by way of appropriate placement. The sink, refrigerator and cook top are ideally set up in a triangular shape from each other as these are the three major points in the kitchen used in food preparation and cleaning up.

Bench Tops/Work Surface

Ideally, if space allows, you will have some work space/kitchen bench top placed between each of these points, including the main kitchen bench top. If your kitchen space is small, this may not be possible but our knowledgeable designer will have some great ideas to tackle this issue.

Choose A Shape

The shape of your kitchen can help make your time more efficient in the kitchen too. U-shape kitchens make kitchen triangles work better as there are three sides. This means more efficiency when preparing meals.

L-shape kitchens will have to have two of the spots in the work triangle on the same wall, as this allows for more space. The L-shape is also great for entertaining if the open side flows out nicely to the dining room.

Galley style kitchens usually have the three kitchen triangle points on the same wall. This means less travelling across the kitchen and it is perfect for smaller areas.

Contact us at Craftbuilt Kitchens today so your kitchen can be designed by a highly qualified professional who will create the most efficient work space possible for you.

 

Choosing The Best Kitchen Shape For You

There are many choices available in kitchens so that you can have the kitchen of your dreams. From different colour schemes, bench top materials and styles, it would be impossible not to come up with a design that you like.

Our expert design and installation team at Craftbuilt Kitchens have many years of experience in making your journey to owning a new kitchen a smooth one. Gone are the days of a standard kitchen style; there are some very unique designs out there and part of this comes from the different shapes available.

The shape of the kitchen can make a big difference to the feeling and space in the room, so if you’re keen to learn more keep reading.

U-shaped Kitchens

Just to clear up any confusion the U shape is sometimes referred to as the L or J shape kitchen; however, there are subtle differences between the L and U shape. Two walls that are parallel and perpendicular to a third, the U shape kitchen offers great functionality to the kitchen work triangle.

In case you don’t know, the work triangle is the invisible triangular shape between the main points of the kitchen, the fridge, stovetop and sink. This allows for better use of the kitchen as you move between the three of these often when preparing meals.

Benefits of the U-shaped kitchen are:

  • You can add an island bench
  • Lots of bench space
  • Great for small to medium areas
  • Maximises space available
  • Kitchen is not walkthrough so there is no traffic through work area

L-shaped Kitchens

The L shape differs from the U shape in the sense that it is two bordering walls. This style of kitchen changes the work triangle a little by usually having the stove top on the same wall as the fridge with the sink against the other.

Benefits of the L-shaped kitchen are:

  • Great for small spaces
  • Excellent for combined kitchen/dining spaces
  • Extra movable bench tops can be added to create more work space

Galley Kitchens

The galley kitchen is amazing for functionality and is the preferred shape by chefs. The galley kitchen is easy to enter and exit with both ends being open and if built against parallel walls can easily have extra cupboard space added above each bench area.

Benefits of the galley kitchen are:

  • Excellent for small spaces
  • Drawer and cabinet openings don’t clash
  • Lots of bench space
  • Great with work triangle

For more information and great ideas on the perfect kitchen shape for you, contact Craftbuilt Kitchens today.

 

Clever Kitchens Designed With Ease

Homeowners looking to upgrade or replace kitchens find that visiting showrooms give them some fantastic ideas about what is the latest in space saving as well as what is the most up to date design in kitchens.

At Craftbuilt Kitchens, clients are warmly greeted by showroom staff and shown a number of kitchen set ups and samples that will help them understand the layouts discussed, as well as the different materials and colour schemes available.

Far more interesting and informative than flicking through the pages of a kitchen renovation magazine, Craftbuilt Kitchens boasts one of the most amazing kitchen showrooms. But before you visit their showroom, why not take a look at what they can do for you.

Overhead Cupboards

This kind of storage is a must in every kitchen. Without overhead cupboards your kitchen would be lacking greatly in space. The expert designers at Craftbuilt can ensure you will have maximum storage space without your kitchen looking too cramped or cluttered.

Splashbacks

Splashback don’t only look good but they also provide a great purpose in your kitchen. Cooking splatters and moisture from steam or dishes will not be an issue with your beautiful splashback. You can choose from the ultra modern chrome, glass or more traditional tiles.

Nifty Storage Ideas

Aside from your usual cupboard space, Craftbuilt Kitchens can manufacture some fantastic storage ideas that keep your kitchen looking organised. Appliance cupboards are a great way to keep frequently used appliances handy but not unsightly on the bench while pot drawers provide an easy and convenient way to access all your pots without scrounging through deep, dark cupboards.

Wine racks are another great addition for lovers of a good drop and they keep things looking organised. If there is something else you like to keep in abundance in the kitchen you can discuss a unique tailor-made storage idea with your designer.

Hidden Necessities

Many of us can’t do without certain items in the kitchen such as a dishwasher but such large appliances can sometimes take away from the effect of our chosen kitchen design; however, Craftbuilt has the solution. Kitchen panels that match your design can be used to conceal such whitegoods and give a more streamlined appearance to your kitchen.

Of course, Craftbuilt also take care of your benchtops and pantries, ensuring each fits perfectly into the space you have to allow for the most work space possible. Get in touch with Craftbuilt Kitchens today by visiting them online at http://www.craftbuilt.com.au/.

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