Remodeling DIY & Homeowner Tips Kitchen

Kitchen Workflows - What to Know Before Remodeling

There’s nothing wrong with getting caught up in kitchen remodel inspiration. Spotting a dream design is often the first step a homeowner takes on the path toward a kitchen remodel.

Turning your kitchen remodel dreams into reality can have a significant impact on your home’s value. However, too many homeowners attribute a great remodeling project to improving aesthetics alone.

It may not feel like it at first, but the practical side of a kitchen remodel—the workflow—can make or break your entire project.

Getting the workflow right should be top of mind for anyone starting down this interior remodeling path. 

Work Triangles vs. Work Zones

If you’re thinking about a kitchen workflow for the first time, there are two main layout concepts to understand.

First, there’s the classic idea of the kitchen work triangle. Think about the kitchens within any homes built in the mid-to-late 1900s. More than likely, you’ll see the main fixtures—refrigerator, over, and sink—arranged in a rough triangle. This triangle was meant to eliminate wasteful steps as homeowners navigate the kitchen.

And for years, the work triangle worked wonders for homeowners.

There are just two problems when it comes to the work triangle, though. One is that not every space is capable of supporting this approach. The other is that today’s kitchens are full of many more components than the three basics that create a work triangle. 

To add greater flexibility and overcome these limitations, many designers and contractors are shifting toward the work zones concept. There are three main zones to consider: 

  • The Preparation Zone: Most of our kitchen time is spent preparing food. If you’re preparing an elaborate meal, running out of work space can be a real source of frustration. Designing a work zone with ample counter space and close proximity to both your pantry and refrigerator is essential.

  • The Cooking Zone: Any appliances necessary for cooking—oven, stove, microwave, warming drawers, etc.—comprise this zone. Ideally, you’ll be able to move prepared food directly to this zone without taking steps across the kitchen. Whether it’s behind your prep zone or adjacent to it, these two areas should create an effortless cooking experience.

  • The Washing Zone: Homeowners may be able to overlook workflow issues for the prep and cook zones because there’s an enjoyable end goal. But no one enjoys using the washing zone—especially if you don’t have a dishwasher. Having storage cabinets within reach can make unloading dry dishes easier, and placing your sink adjacent to the dishwasher makes loading easy, too.
    If you like to entertain and have an open concept kitchen, you may want to consider a taller countertop area to shield your dirty dishes from guests.

With proper design, a kitchen remodel strategy that uses work zones can maximize functionality and aesthetics at the same time. But the key phrase here is “proper design.” Without a skilled full-service remodeler you can trust during the design phase, you could end up with a workflow that falls short of expectations (for you and future home buyers). 

Trust the Design Process

Not all kitchen remodel inspiration makes sense for your space and workflow needs. That’s why you don’t want a contractor who will just move forward with whatever inspiration you’re trying to imitate.

Make sure you find a full-service remodeler that has professional designers available throughout the process. Without sitting down with a professional designer, you run the risk of pushing forward on an ineffective workflow. 

 

left right
Recent Articles
Brothers Ranked for the 2021 Qualified Remodeler Top 500 List
We are excited to announce that Brothers has once again been ranked on Qualified Remodeler’s annual Top 500 remodelers of 2021! Since 1978, the Top...
Company News
Read More
One Day Bath vs. Bath Update vs. Full Bath Remodel: Pros and Cons
When it comes time to renovate your bathroom, you've got a lot of options that can make a statement. From simply switching out one component to...
Remodeling
Read More
Bathtub Liner vs. Wet Space Replacement: What's Best for Your Remodel?
From the outside, a bathtub liner and bathtub replacement can look very similar. So, when it's time for a bathroom remodel, it's tempting to choose a...
Remodeling
Read More
6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Converting Your Bathtub to a Shower
We're seeing more and more homeowners choosing to convert their bathtubs to showers in their primary (master) and hall bathrooms. And there are so...
Bathroom
Read More
Celebrate NHIM with Remodeling Inspiration from Brothers
May is National Home Improvement Month (NHIM), a time to celebrate home improvement and make it easier for homeowners to find experts to help with...
Remodeling
Read More
10 Creative Ideas to Repurpose Stones from Your Remodeling Project
If you’ve recently remodeled something around your home that involves brick or stone, you’ll likely have some leftover materials – either due to the...
DIY & Homeowner Tips
Read More
How to Avoid Expensive Problems with Your Home’s Foundation
When was the last time you looked closely at your home’s foundation? If you can’t remember, then it’s time to go outside and check it out. Foundation...
Education
Read More
Don’t Let These 5 Remodeling Mistakes Hurt Your Home’s Value
When we undertake home improvement projects, the goal is usually to increase things like comfort, aesthetics, and home value. But even if you aren’t...
Remodeling
Read More
Warning Signs of Electrical Problems Every Homeowner Needs to Know
Electrical problems around your home are one of the scariest issues to deal with. We rely on electricity for most things in our lives, but of course,...
Education
Read More