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02 January 2006 @ 10:40 pm
please design my kitchen :-)  

house plans - kitchen
Originally uploaded by mollydot.
Here's a bit of the plans for the house we're building. As the build is only starting, I though we'd have plenty of time to decide what the kitchen layout would be like.

But for plumbing purposes, we need to know where the sink and island unit will be by the end of the week.

Anyone got good kitchen advice, or can point me in the direction of some reading?

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Crossposted (here and here)

dubnordie on January 3rd, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
To me, both look fine to me as per the plans.....! but that's just me.

No book suggestions, but when thinking of placement, consider the following (amongst other things):

1) Is the placement of the sink going to significantly affect your worktop space and the way you use the rest of the kitchen? In the plans given, you have a good run of worktop space to your left, with a small amount of workspace to your right, which could be used for plate drainage etc.

2) Is the placement of the sing going to affect the flow of people/things around your kitchen space? (gotta get that Feng shui right!). Nah, what I mean is, if you have someone standing at the sink doing the washing up, and the island unit close by, is the whole kitchen rendered "out of bounds" to anyone else unless the person at the sink moves?

Also, dont put it too close to any doors, as they will catch you when they open/close.

Having it up against the wall with windows means that you also get a nice (?) view when you're standing there, and there is also a very short, direct line out to the outside plumbing for the run off.

If it helps, stand in the equivalent space in the existing room, and just pretend what it would be like if the sink/island unit were where they are in the plans.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 4th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
2) I see what you mean - have room for someone at the sink and room to pass by. I actually had a book out of the library before, but I won't be able to get it again in time.

a very caring potatomollydot on January 4th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
And actually, even more so the dishwasher open - in my parents' house, if the dishwasher is open you have to go the long way round the island. Someone at the sink is no problem.
davidg666 on January 4th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
Very good point about the dishwasher door. I read an unpleasant story in the paper some time last year about somebody who had been pushed (gently) by her young child and then tripped backwards over an open dishwasher door, and was very seriously injured (can't remember the details but it was something approaching paraplegia).

Maybe make sure the dishwasher goes in a corner so that it's only possible to stand on one side of the door open, and it then perhaps doesn't get in the way of people seeking to trip over things. Or get one (or a pair!) of those Fisher & Paykel 'Dishdrawer' thingies — a pair of half-dishwashers, each one just like a deep drawer. Some people use them to store their crockery as well as clean it, so that one drawer is always-clean and the other always-dirty, with their states rotating.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 4th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, Lovely Man's talked those dishdrawer things. They seem to be an Australian and NZ thing?
davidg666 on January 4th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
I think they might be; I remember them being advertised under the Fisher & Paykel brand before I left Australia in 1998, but I'm sure I've seen them over here since.

They seem to operate in the UK at least: http://www.fisherpaykel.co.uk/ — a (very) quick Google doesn't show an Irish importer though.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 6th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)