How will the kitchen be used and by whom. What are the clients particular requirements, if any. While considering these requirements, remember that the basic layout of the kitchen may last considerably longer than the present occupiers of the house and, therefore, should not be so idiosyncratic as to devalue the property. For instance, although it is common knowledge that kitchens are frequently ripped out and revamped, the general disposition of the entrance door, main window, position of sink and cooker if needing a flue, will largely condition future layouts unless substantial re-building is undertaken.
Questions to be asked
- How many people will the kitchen serve.
- Will all meals be served and eaten within, or adjoining the kitchen
- Or should there be a breakfast bar in the kitchen with a more extensive dining area nearby.
- Is the person, who does most of the kitchen, tidy and able to work in a relatively compact area, or would they prefer a more generous layout.
- Do the clients have a once-a-month massive shop, and therefore require a large area of food storage, or even a separate larder.
- Or do they live conveniently near shops and buy food frequently, and can therefore manage with a relatively small area of food storage.
Determine whether quite basic cabinets and appliances are required, or whether no expense should be spared. If funds are limited, advise clients not to economise on the initial provision of plumbing and electrical installations so that some appliances may be added later when more money is available
The family kitchen
The family kitchen is the key room in the house. It not only has to deal with cooking and eating, but may entail the supervision of children, whether toddlers playing on the floor, schoolage children doing homework on the table or playing in the adjacent garden.
One essential device for the kitchen-dining room, which cannot be overestimated, is to have a barrier between the cooking and dining area which is a minimum of 1.2 m high. This can take the form of a back to counter unit with a shelf on top or storage cupboards of this height facing the dining area (see above). This device screens the kitchen counters when seated at table, and hides the inevitable mess created when serving up a meal