Create a snack zone prep area between major appliances. This usually involves a micro & refrigerator nearby. http://studio76kitchens.com
Since most homeowners now admit there is more than one person working in the kitchen, the inefficiency of a basic “work triangle” (sink, fridge, stove) is rather obvious. Where do you put an army of small appliances and still keep adequate counter space? Balancing the choices of large appliances is also a challenge since the goal is to accomplish a floor plan that doesn’t seem “forced”. Here is a small quick list of pet peeves (more politely called design challenges) that I see out there in all different kinds of kitchen spaces. Try to avoid these.
1- A giant microwave over the range or on the counter
2- A dishwasher trapped in the corner/fridge up against wall
3- A refrigerator that is too deep and sticks out into the room
Another negative that you may want to avoid …… anything that cannot be wiped down with a sponge doesn’t belong in a kitchen.
The best kitchen is an uncluttered kitchen, no matter what your style choice is, and creating “work zones” rather than a strict triangle. Here are a few that I like:
A) Snack zone or nook
B) Mail drop
C) Electronic device charging station
D) Two prep zones
E) Medicinal/vitamin separate storage
D) Cooking zone properly scaled for the space
E) Smaller appliances zone created with cabinetry http://customcupboards.com/meaningfulchoices/productlines/heartland/
Darker Countertops Require Good Lighting
Do you need to replace your bulbs to LED? Not necessarily, but eventually:)
Most of us will still be confused in the lighting aisle, where you can still purchase halogen bulbs because of the low price and these bulbs “feel” like the old incandescents …. yet halogen bulbs are still only approx. 25 percent more efficient which is just enough to meet the EISA standards set.
LED lights are truly getting better and more exciting. (Can you tell I’m the daughter of a life-long electrician?) Because LED lights are so efficient, they will take a VERY long time before you’ll need to replace. I like that concept! According to Popular Mechanics, “Replacing a 60-watt incandescent with an LED equivalent will save you $130 in energy costs over the new bulb’s lifetime. The average American household could slash $150 from its annual energy bill by replacing all incandescents with LED bulbs.”
Here’s more info:
-LED lights are dimmable
-LED lights are getting “warmer” in color tone (LED’s now have CRI’s in the 80’s….Color Rendering Index)
-LED lights are getting cheaper to buy (manufacturers are more efficient in producing LED’s and demand is high)
Replacing certain kinds of older fixtures and housings take a bit of research and “trying on” lightbulbs can be a chore, but in the end, an updated look is achieved and the energy savings will be realized.
Have a great summer!