Everyone knows that during a party you can put the nachos, salsa, and margaritas in the living room, but nothing short of an oven fire is going to drive people from the kitchen.
It’s the most used room in the house. And the most expensive. With the best lighting. And the most design time behind it.
Even when guests are gone, today’s kitchens are more than just a place to cook. The room is like command central. Chances are it’s the only place where family members meet before blasting off to their busy lives for the day or coming back to earth at the end of a tiring one. Often there is a place to sit and eat, an office area for paying bills, and different counter heights for a variety of tasks.
Planning a kitchen is about a lot more than just deciding that the stove goes here and the refrigerator goes there. There are traffic patterns to consider, room proximities to keep in mind, and, probably, an island to navigate. Design choices also include deciding on materials and fixtures. In this collection of articles, (as well as elsewhere on this site) we hope you’ll find all the good information you need to plan your kitchen. We’ve even included an article about range hoods, just in case you’re having too much fun at your next kitchen party and the nachos go up in smoke.