Kitchen Floorplan Basics: What is the Work Triangle?

Work TriangleIn order for your kitchen to be considered functional, it needs to have a proper layout. One floor plan fundamental is an effective work triangle, which is the relationship between your cooktop, refrigerator, and sink.

Creating an effective work triangle is a wise rule to follow. Arranging it properly will keep all major workstations within easy reach.

A thoughtfully designed work triangle also helps to minimize traffic, causing less interference to those who are busy preparing a meal.

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While the items in your work triangle need to be close together, it is important that they aren’t cramped either. There also needs to be enough walking space between the cabinets and islands. If it’s too tight, the kitchen won’t work.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, a kitchen can also be too large for a standard work triangle. In that case, the space can benefit from multiple work zones or additional appliance locations.

Modern kitchen with black slab cabinets showing the work triangleIn general, when working on a floor plan, it is important to consider how you will use your kitchen. From there, it is about paving the way to easily access what you need on a consistent basis. Whether you create two separate work zones or add a prep sink, you are making your space convenient.

Set up a time to connect with one of our Designers to determine how to best utilize your kitchen layout, or register to attend a kitchen seminar to continue your renovation education. You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook  and Instagram for design ideas.

Advantages of an Empty Nest: Converting an Unused Space into a Hobby Room

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Whether your kids have flown the nest or you have access to an unoccupied room, there’s often the temptation to establish a dedicated space for a hobby such as painting, crafting, or collecting. However, before you spring into action, we’ve assembled some tips for you to consider.

If you are serious about your hobby and if it’s a passion that makes you happy, then it is worth investing in it so that you can maximize the enjoyment of your home. The first thing to consider is what room would be a good candidate.

As far as what area of your home to convert, it can vary.

An extra bedroom is great because it is already finished. However, we recommend leaving the closet in place so if you ever sell your home, it can easily revert back to a bedroom.

Depending upon your needs, basements, and attics can also be converted into a usable space. But even so, attics require a bit more exploration as we must examine floor structure, insulation and make sure it meets current energy codes.

Whatever the space and hobby, here are a few other items to consider:Gift wrapping station

Lighting – Most hobbies are very visual, therefore, lighting in the room is very important. Consider how much natural light is in the room and if you need any dedicated task lighting.

Customization – Think about how customized you would like the room to be and if it is possible to put it back to its original function should you need it again.

If the room is large enough, you can have it function as a bedroom and hobby room. For example, if converting a bedroom to a sewing room, you can add a cabinetry as well as a murphy bed or temporary furniture to give the space dual functionality.

Timing – If converting an attic or basement, you can get started at any time. If converting a bedroom, it would be wise to consider whether or not you will need it in the foreseeable future.

Lounge area with large fish tankIf the bedroom has sat idle for some time and you don’t see anyone moving into it anytime soon, it’s alright to get started.  If you are unsure, then it might make sense to consider another space or, come up with a customized solution.

Set up an appointment to talk with a designer about creating a dedicated space for your passion. Or, attend one of our upcoming seminars to learn more about the remodeling experience. You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more design ideas and inspiration.

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