Kitchens are complicated spaces with many varied activities and usage requirements. The kitchen needs to support a variety of appliances and accommodate different tasks, conversations, cooking and cleanup.
These varied tasks and the differences between cooking preferences requires flexibility and options in kitchen design.
Design the work surfaces at different heights, optimally between 32 inches and 42 inches, so that children, adults and seated persons can work effectively and comfortably. A raised dishwasher eases loading and unloading for a wide range of users.
Include sufficient space for several cooks at a time including space between and around cabinets.
Storage should be reachable, not just in wall cabinets and base cabinets with doors. A good option is pull-out shelves and drawers in base cabinets. Open wall shelving makes finding stored items easy.
Finally, provide a mix of natural and artificial lighting as well as additional task lighting, whether overhead or under cabinets.DOWNLOAD