Designing a kitchen needs building code to make it safe and functional. Many people think this is a limit for creativity while experts will suggest you to work from there. Being logical, building code is necessary for your safety. You can start enriching the design from there. Among so many codes, the following codes are really important to apply. See if you still need to improve from this principal.
- For the Entry Points
This code relates to the specification for your entry way and kitchen doors. Your entry way needs to be at least 32 inches wide and not any inch narrower than that. If you decide to install a door, it needs to get a clean space. It shouldn’t interfere the kitchen appliances and vice versa. In addition to being ineffective, this situation can damage your appliances and door at the same time.
- Workflow Management
There are three major areas in the kitchen including the cooking area with the stove and oven, refrigerator, and the sink. The distance between each point can’t be too distance. While you can create an imaginary triangle from these three areas, the total length of the distance between all points shouldn’t be more than 26 feet. If you have additional area that includes microwave and prep sink, it should be around four to six inches from the nearest touch to the triangle.
- Never Block the Traffic
When you cook or wash, you need the work aisle. It needs to be accommodated in your kitchen. In addition to it, you also need walkway aisle so you can go between rooms in the house via the kitchen. The working aisle needs to be 42 inches wide at least to allow you to be active in the kitchen in the best way. Meanwhile, you’ll need your walkway aisle to be at least 36 inches so you don’t disturb the cook.
- More Countertop Please
More countertop is always recommended and welcomed. Your counter length needs to be at least 13 feet or 158 inches for the best performance. Meanwhile, the countertop edges need to be in clipped design with 90° angle for ideal surface. As of the depth, your kitchen counter needs to be at least 25 inches deep. You also need at least 15 inches gap between the counter top and the wall cabinet undersides. It allows you to put kitchen appliances like blender and microwave.
There are still many other codes to follow but these should be enough for a starter. If you are done with these, you can continue with the other codes for safe and fully functional kitchen.