Tips for designing a functional Kitchen

Tips for designing a functional Kitchen

By Andrea Mejía

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A kitchen design is based on the person who will be using the kitchen and on how he or she will use it. Prior to drawing one line, the designer should clearly know about the taste, priorities, and the lifestyle of the kitchen’s owner. This is when the obvious questions of ‘how would you use that?’ and ‘what is needed in that space'? come about.

The objective of kitchen design is to achieve a useful space for the activities that will take place in it. We strive to minimize the travel distance from workspaces. There are three main areas to a kitchen: the cooking zone, the washing zone, and the prepping zone. Ideally, a designer should locate the prep zone in a prime location easily accessible to the washing zone as well as to the cooking zone.

As you begin to remodel your kitchen, remember to take these tips from an expert:

- You are making a long-term investment. Even a small oversight can create a chain of unfortunate events, so make sure you hire a professional.

- Plan your budget. Don’t forget to account for new appliances.

- Take a close look at your space. Consider where doors, windows, and access to water, gas and electricity are located.

- Functionality is key to create a great flow mobility.

- Identify the style you want. Traditional with cozy accents, contemporary with clean lines, or classic inundated with the charm of organic materials.

- To keep the right amount of storage space, make sure you inventory all appliances and utensils. A practical kitchen requires organization and easy reach for tools.

- Use add-ons for spaces between cabinets.

Andrea Mejia

Writer/Escritora

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Publisher's Note

Mixing Traditions

It is no cliché. New Orleans has a wonderful mix of traditions that add to the charm of this amazing city. With the holidays in full-swing, we can enjoy holiday-centered, free events like simple walks around traditional neighborhoods to see the elaborate Christmas decorations, Caroling in Jackson Square, attending the gospel and jazz concerts at St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church, watching the technological light display during Luna Fête, and visiting the beautifully decorated hotel lobbies in town, among others.

 There is one tradition in Louisiana that is so unique and that I hope to experience this year: The Bonfires on the Levee. Just thinking about seeing the pyres, the fireworks display and its reflection on the river during a cold night and having a warm drink while learning about this tradition from our River Parishes' neighbors sounds like an amazing way to soak in some of the culture around us.

Though the original purpose of the bonfires is unconfirmed, fitting the storyline of Papa Noel following the lights on a pirogue being pulled down river by alligators to deliver presents is such a tale. It involves a mix of many elements that are unique to the culture that has shaped the city of New Orleans.

I just love being able to experience different traditions and learning about the ways diverse groups of people who have made New Orleans their home, celebrate the holidays

Happy Holidays!