The First Step: Form and Function

The best kitchens have one thing in common–good design! A good design is less about aesthetics, and more about function. Function in a kitchen refers to how efficiently the sink, stove, and refrigerator relate to each other. In the 1950's Cornell University conducted a study of the most successful kitchen designs. The now well known “work triangle,” was developed to describe the path between the three points of the sink, stove and refrigerator. The beauty of the “triangle” is that it applies to all layouts: open, galley, L or U shaped. Creating optimal work flow within your layout ensures that your kitchen will function as beautifully as it looks.

Whether you are designing your kitchen alone, or with the help of a builder or decorator, your first task is the selection and placement of the appliances. We cannot design a cabinet layout until you have completed this step. Research appliances by visiting stores, looking through magazines, and considering your needs, preferences, and budget. We will ask you and/or your representative to sign an Appliance Specifications Sheet that we will provide. This specification sheet will give us everything we need to give you a detailed design and a firm bid. Changes in appliance type or location after plans are drawn may require an additional charge.

Please review the Appliance Specification Sheet (attached). This sheet includes all the details we will need to begin our drawings. Appliance manufacturers also provide “cut sheets” which provide other technical information. These sheets are helpful, but not necessary to begin preliminary drawings.

Also please review our Cabinet Specifications Sheet.