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Torben Schmid Kitchens have created kitchens for a variety of spaces and environments. Our portfolio ranges from sprawling country properties to basement flat compact kitchens where ingenious use of space is paramount to achieving a high quality, practical kitchen. No matter the size or shape of space, all homeowners desire a kitchen with efficient usability on an equal par with its aesthetic appeal. Even more so, a multi-functional kitchen is the ideal for busy modern lifestyles where the kitchen is the heart of the home and most frequented room of the house; kitchens must accommodate more than cooking needs but also offer somewhere to eat, gather, socialise, or in which to work or assist with homework.
Working Kitchen Zones
Whilst still often used, the traditional working kitchen triangle method of designing a kitchen layout has become very dated. Instead, a focus on defining specific areas within a kitchen at which to carry out different activities undoubtedly makes for the best layouts. These separate areas are referred to as working kitchen zones and typically include separate areas for storing food, preparing food, cooking food, eating food (often areas for socialising) and for washing up afterwards. Kitchen zoning marries ergonomic functionality with exquisite aesthetic appeal; it is a technique which makes better use of the available space, yet ensures an efficient and accessible working dynamic from one area to the next.
Island Kitchen Layouts
Where space permits, Island kitchens prove the most popular type of kitchen layout. These designs are multi-purpose, and can provide cooking space, storage space, additional work surface and seating, as well as housing for appliances. Our experience has taught us not only how to produce beautiful, practical Island kitchen designs but just as importantly, we are skilled in overcoming the challenges particular to Island designs. Don’t want to see a bulky extractor above your island hob?…We have a range of solutions. Have you thought about how and where to position electrical sockets and isolator switches in your island? Or have you considered varying the heights of your units so you can stand whilst cooking, but afterwards sit and eat in the same space? Our experience with the nuances of kitchen island designs enables us to assist you in the right direction for getting the most out of your Island kitchen.
Open Plan Kitchen Layouts
A popular kitchen trend is the increased desire for open plan kitchen and living arrangements in place of separate kitchen and dining rooms. Open plan kitchen and living areas easily form the hub of the home as they allow different household members to cook, eat, socialise or relax within the same space at the same time. This suits busy modern lifestyles where efficiency and multi-tasking is key. Whilst doing this, it brings people together so whether for spending time with family, or cooking and entertaining with friends, open plan kitchens are an ideal and practical social space:-
U-Shaped Kitchen Layouts
We often begin U-shaped kitchen designs by selecting a centre-piece for the mid-point along the main kitchen run, such as an extra wide induction hob or oversized extractor. From here we design outwards, often employing symmetry and wide drawer units to increase the visual perception of width and create a design that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The U-shaped kitchen offers generous worksurface area for preparing meals, but the two corners in a typical U-shaped kitchen compromise a significant amount of the available floor space. It is therefore paramount to ensure diligent selection of storage solutions and that door widths on corner units allow easy access. The U-shape kitchen layout allows easy movement between different working kitchen zones, and two or more cooks can comfortably and safely use the kitchen simultaneously.
Small & Compact Kitchen Layouts
At Torben Schmid Kitchens we have a great deal of experience in designing kitchens for homes where space is limited. We know that it is really important to make the most of all available room space, yet still achieve a design equal in looks and functionality. And through careful planning, along with some tried and tested techniques, it is certainly possible to create stunning designs for small, restricted or awkward room spaces…which in turn makes for a far happier user experience all round!
L-Shaped Kitchen Layouts
It is possible to create stunning, functional spaces with L shaped kitchens. Depending on the length of the room we are working within, we sometimes try to blend contrasting colours between base units, and wall and tall units, for a distinguished sense of drama! As L-shaped kitchens do not have a third wall, the traditional “working triangle” many kitchen designers advocate simply isn’t possible. However, organising a methodical workflow from food storage, through the sink, to the cooking and then serving area ensures that this does not impede on the clients enjoyment of their new kitchen as a place to cook in.