Lately, I have been in the market to purchase a new house which is quite an interesting experience being the Buyer as well as the Real Estate Agent.  I have been looking at everything from homes that need no repairs to full remodels and one of the fun things to think about (for me at least) is what we can do to remodel.

Kitchens are one of my most favorite remodels to think about because of how heavily we use our kitchen.  I wanted to bring everyone in to my thought process as I plan for theoretical dream kitchen.  I have been exploring lately the importance of the Work Triangle.  Are you familiar with this concept?  Our current kitchen follows with concept and makes for an excellent kitchen.  Its not too crowded, I can always get to everything and my fiancee is never in my way while I work.

Creating a 'Work Triangle' in your kitchen will help you use your space more efficiently. The lines drawn from your stove, sink and refrigerator form the 'Work Triangle'. 
 
There are some suggested guidelines to follow:
1. Each Work Triangle leg should be between 4 and 9 feet
2. The combined sides of the Work Triangle should be between 12 and 26 feet
3. The Work Triangle should try to be where there isn't a lot of traffic flow
 
 Some other helpful hints include:
  • For added convenience, put the microwave near the refrigerator
  • When possible, walking space should be 42" wide to help accomodate any traffic flow or large appliance doors
  • There should be at least 15 inches of counter space on both sides of the range or cooktop
  • There should be an 18-inch counter next to the refrigerator on the same side as the handle (if you own a side-by-side, on the same side as the refrigerator handle, normally to the left of the fridge) This will make putting items on the counter easier, when taking them out of the fridge.
  • Ideally, the food prep area, which should be at least 36 inches is located between the fridge and the sink. More travel will be involved if it's located between the sink and the range/cooktop.
  • A surface space that is 7 to 8 inches below your elbow height is best for food prep
  • A second triangle can be created by adding a second sink to an island

I hope this information is helpful to everyone and good luck on your remodeling endeavors.