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Efficiency in The Kitchen – The 5 Zones

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You might not realize just how important the kitchen is in a house. Not only does it significantly increase the value of the property (if designed correctly), but it is also the place where the most housework needs to be done. Furthermore, the kitchen is also a place to entertain your friends, where some children do their homework etc.

For a functional and efficient kitchen, you should plan it according to the rules of the 5 zones.

Kitchen-Zones

  1. CONSUMABLES

This is the area where you would keep all the consumables (refrigerated or not).

A big refrigerator is anyone’s dream, but don’t overlook the space you need for consumables that are not to be kept at low temperatures (coffee, tea, sugar, cans etc.)

  1. NON-CONSUMABLES

This is where you will keep all your dishes, bawls and cutlery. When designing the cabinets, consider adding extra shelves. If you pile up your dishes, the access will be anything but easy.

  1. CLEANING

This is where the sink is, but also where you will keep your cleaning products. Make sure you have a cabinet under your sink for storage.

  1. PREPARATION

Whether you are a master-chef or a newbie, allow yourself enough space to comfortably prepare your meals. Make sure you have plenty “free” countertop, but also space for spices and kitchen utensils.

  1. COOKING

This is where all your appliances will “live”. Stoves, microwave, juicers, mixers etc.

Tips:

–       The non-consumables zone should be near the washing zone, so you won’t have to juggle with the dishes from one corner of the kitchen to another.

–       The preparation zone also needs to be close to the washing zone because you will often have to clean vegetables and such.

–       The cooking zone must me close to the preparation zone, for obvious reasons, but not very far from the washing zone either. You wouldn’t want to walk all around the kitchen with a pot of boiling water.

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