1. Understanding the Work Triangle

Understanding the kitchen work triangle concept is a valuable starting point for having a good kitchen design that you like and enables you to create the kind of kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. The work triangle consists of the distance between the stove, sink, and refrigerator. Each one of these areas becomes a focal point in the kitchen and forms the three points of a triangle with different distances between them. If done correctly, the work triangle provides the most efficient food preparation area layout in the kitchen as well as making it a pleasure to hang out in.
Whether you’re remodelling an existing kitchen or building a new one, an efficient design means that your work triangle minimizes the number of steps the cook must take between the three areas during meal preparation and clean-up. The total distance from the sink to the stove to the refrigerator and back to the sink should be not less than 4.5 meters total or more than 9 meters. Each triangle leg should measure between 1.5 and 3 meters in length. The kitchen isles should be wide enough to allow people to move around easily and for appliances to be opened with ease.

2. What is the relevance of my budget?

A successful kitchen design comprises of three fundamentals; Practicality, Functionality and Budget. These design fundamentals are interwoven, co-dependant and cannot be seperated. Often we encounter customers who are hesitant to reveal to us a budget for their new kitchen project. They point blank refuse to share this vital information or become quite defensive or evasive when this topic is raised. So what then is the relevance of a budget and why do we ask you for your budget? Is this information really relevant or is the designer simply too nosy for his/her own good. This will hopefully explain the relevance and why this is vital information you should not hesitate to share with us.

  • An average sized kitchen of say 4 x 4.5 meters, can cost anything from as little as $2,000.00 to more than $15,00.00 (yes, you read correctly – $15000.00). In the absence of knowing the parameters of your budget and considering that a design takes in a variety of components that raise the cost ,a budget helps in formulating what is the most ideal price for you.
  • Every kitchen is different and unique in some way or another. Individuals have different tastes, likes and dislikes, most products are excellent whilst others are barely OK, some will suit your lifestyle best – other  will not, every kitchen size is different, lifestyles vary, there are different options which might be better suited for you, etc. Our job is to extensively discuss the options, pro’s and con’s allowing you to make an informed decision instead of simply choosing what “seems” to be great and nice to have.
  • We are most capable of assisting you when we know the parameters of your budget then recommend certain design elements and suggestions all within your affordability level.