Designing the Well-Functioning Kitchen

Posted on:  May 11, 2016

Every year, we find that kitchens are our most popular remodeling request and that makes sense since most homeowners count it as the most used area in their home. The JMC Home Remodeling Specialists team approaches each kitchen remodel with a critical eye towards functionality and although every family is different, there are six key elements that we consider in developing each design.

  1. Thoughtful Floor Plan. We take our time to understand the needs of each person who will be using your kitchen. Specific considerations include: placement of appliances, cabinets, fixtures, lighting, and how much counter space is necessary. A well-functioning kitchen will offer good flow into the adjacent rooms in the home and sometimes this involves removing walls or reconfiguring space.                                                                                        


    This floor plan offers good flow into the dining room and sunroom for the family that likes to entertain.

  2. Workstations. In many families today, more than one person is involved in preparing meals. This has created the need for workstations in the kitchen. Common stations include prep, baking, and clean up that can be utilized independently of one another.
  3. Storage. Understanding who will use the kitchen and how they plan to use it enables us to maximize the storage options in our design. We will consider optimal cabinet placement and whether doors, drawers, or pullouts will work best. Other storage options could include open shelving, pantries, or islands.

    This beverage center shows open storage cubbies for wine bottles and glasses as well as glass front cabinets.

  4. Island Position. Adding an island to your kitchen design can have many benefits including additional storage, another workstation, or a place to eat and entertain guests. Islands must be placed where they won’t impede traffic in or out of the kitchen. A good rule of thumb is to allow 42 inches around all sides.

    This kitchen features an island with seating positioned outside of the main work areas.

  5. Appliance Selection. Don’t be lured in by a great looking appliance without making sure that it’s the right size and offers the type of functionality that you truly need. We will provide you with guidance on the types and sizes that will work best for your needs.
  6. Proper Lighting. A well-functioning kitchen must have proper light and that means a layered light plan that includes natural, task, ambient and accent lighting. Windows, sliding doors and skylights are great options for natural light. Pendants over an island can provide task lighting. Under cabinet lights can work for task and accent lighting. Recessed lights or ceiling mounted fixtures work well for ambient light.

    A great example of layered lighting with a window for natural, pendants for task, recessed for ambient, and under cabinet for accent and task lighting.

Take a look at your own kitchen. Is it functioning well for your family? We invite you to look at our kitchen portfolio to get some ideas and when you are ready to create a custom design for your own home, please contact us.


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