Q: What's the difference between zones and the work triangle in kitchen design?
Can someone elaborate on the difference between zones and the work triangle in kitchen design? Someone on Remodel-QA asked about trends in kitchen design. Craig P of The Best Cabinet Site mentioned a shift from the kitchen work triangle to work zones, as are in professional kitchens. I think I get the general idea, but I've never heard about this before. Can someone explain to me how zones are set up within a home kitchen? How does this compare to the work triangle?
Thanks! So interesting! We're going to remodel our kitchen soon and I'd be very interested in learning more about this idea.
A: Zones & The work Triangle
The main difference in my opinion between a kitchen designed on zones and one with the work triangle is the way you plan to use the space. The work triangle is set up for one person to easily access the major areas of a kitchen. The work triangle consists of the sink, stove/range and the fridge. This style of kitchen is usually one that is small in size.
On the other hand, a zoned kitchen is used in larger kitchens. Many kitchens today are used for more then just a kitchen. Families no longer use a dining room, yet use larger eat in kitchens and great rooms. For kitchens like these, a zoned kitchen works great. The kitchen is designed more to the families overall needs, what ever they may be (entertaining, everyday use with kids, etc.).
A kitchen my company just completed was a combination of a kitchen and family room. One end of the room was set up for the prep and cooking, the middle (the island) worked well for serving, entertaining and had a built in table for everyday eating. The far end of the room was the family room. The prep and cooking area did not follow the traditional triangle, how ever most of the essentials were close by. The island was close enough that one person could be cooking at the stove, while another could use the island and the sink for prep work.
Hopefully this can somewhat help you with your decision making process. Please feel free to contact me through my website listed below for more help or pictures.
Andrew Pellak Jr.
A. M. Pellak Construction, LLC
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