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Designing Fitted Spaces - Food preparation
Written by richart khalil   

Perhaps it is the kitchen that stimulated the most research into its use and efficiency in the entire household. Researches have studied the tasks performed, the design and the placement of work centers, the relationship of these centers to one another and to the changing patterns of living.

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Therefore before beginning the kitchen plan, you should determine the type of room you need and how you will use it. This can be accomplished by asking certain questions:

  1. Is the cooking done by one person or several people?
  2. Will the cooking be done for one person or for a family unit?
  3. Is the cooking gourmet cooking, plain family cooking, quick-meal preparation, or a combination of these?
  4. Is entertaining with food common and for how many guests?
  5. What number of dishes and utensils need to be stored?
  6. How often are groceries purchased and for how many? What storage facilities will be required?
  7. Where will the kitchen be in relationship to the eating area(s)?
  8. Will the kitchen be combined with another room, such as a family room?
  9. What other tasks will be performed in the kitchen – entertaining? Menu-planning? Sewing? Laundry?
  10. Will cooking be done while young children are entertained or watched?
  11. Is saving steps important?
  12. Are there any unusual requirements?

Knowing that you could save up to forty-six working days per year if the kitchen is well-designed: It should be aesthetically pleasing as well as efficient. The heights of the cabinets and work surfaces, the work triangle, the work centers and their relationship to one another, to the eating areas, and to outside access should be planned to meet the physical needs of the user.

In a nutshell, a well planned kitchen can animate the life of a family by providing functionality, space and by saving time.

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