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Kitchen Layout Planner

Design Your Own Kitchen

The idea with Milestone Kitchens is that you design your own kitchen layout using our wide range of hand-made units. We've simplified this process by creating a kitchen planner, which you can download below. Please use whichever method you are most comfortable with: hand drawn, cut and paste or drag and drop. Below are some suggestions and examples on how to use the layout planner.

Please remember, we want to create your dream kitchen, so if you need a custom unit, fill in the sizes you require, send us a sketch, and we will work out the price for you.

The Working Triangle

A badly laid-out kitchen is not only cumbersome to work in; it can be dangerous too. When elements of a kitchen are not arranged in a way that enables smooth workflow, both accidents and frustration increase. The three key elements in any kitchen are the stove, the sink and the fridge. A thoughtful approach to planning your kitchen will help you create a pleasant and safe workspace that you and your family and friends will want to spend time in.

The fridge, stove and sink generate the most activity in a kitchen, as you need to move between these three elements the most. By simply placing them in a compact triangular arrangement, you will reduce the amount of time and energy needed to move between them. Allow enough space between the three elements for preparation areas and storage, and you will soon have the basics of your kitchen laid out.

Stove

Allocate working areas near the stove for food preparation and for storing ingredients: like oils, seasoning, spices, and stuff you need to cook with; like pots, wooden spoons, spatulas and wine (whether it goes in the food or in your glass, both ways end in your tummy, just saying). The space either side of the stove is an ideal place to situate Pot Drawers and storage units for crockery and cutlery (have a look at the Cutlery Server), while the wall above one of these storage cabinets is ideal for an MK Spice Rack, hung where it’s easy to reach when cooking. The prep space does not have to be big: a meter of space is probably enough. On the wall above the stove, you might like to hang one of our Wall Units, possibly one for a microwave or one for more crockery. Things that are used frequently are best in a wall cabinet so that you don’t have constantly to bend down to access them, such as breakfast bowls, side plates, salad bowls or wine glasses.

Sink

Enough working space next to the sink to drain washed dishes and to stack dirty ones is essential. Two sinks are also useful as this enables you to have a separate prep bowl for washing vegetables. If you have a dishwasher, place it near the sink too. Rubbish bins and cleaning materials are also usually kept close to the sink.

Fridge

It’s nice to have a surface next to the fridge where you can place grocery bags or items that are being taken out or loaded. You should be able to load up the pantry cupboard from here too, so ensure that that is nearby. Our clients also often place a Coffee Dresser next to the fridge, for easy access to milk. Another popular option is to have the Coffee Dresser near the dining room or breakfast area, with a toaster, because coffee and toast go together (actually we’ve found coffee goes with everything, similar to wine).

Centre Island

A Centre Island is very popular in the modern kitchen. If you have space for one, it’s a good idea to have it near the stove and not too far from the dining area so you can use it for serving. Bar Stools around the Centre Island can provide informal seating for friends or for kids to do their homework while you cook. A Centre Island often becomes the hub of the home. However, be careful not to let a Centre Island encroach on your working triangle or you might be tripping over people. Rather let the Island be one, even two of the points of your triangle. For example you could make your Centre island part of your working area by placing your stove, or stoveprepstove prep bowl inside it (remember to plan your plumbing and electrics accordingly).

Lighting

Good lighting is very important in a kitchen, particularly in front of the sink and above the stove. If you are building a kitchen from the ground up we suggest you consider the following:

  • Place a large window above the sink.
  • Place an electrical point above the stove for an extractor, as this always comes with a light.
  • Think carefully about surfaces and finishes for your kitchen. You do not need meters of granite work surfaces. It can be an attractive feature to have different surfaces in your kitchen. A free-standing kitchen allows you to, for example, have a stone top around your sink area, a wooden top on your island and a pastry table with a stainless steel top. You can mix and match a variety of tops depending on the area that they will be servicing.
  • Be careful of wall-to-wall and ceiling to floor units, as they can be oppressive and claustrophobic.
  • Go for a light and cheerful look with a white, cream or grey finish to make your kitchen a friendly and inviting place to spend time in rather than a heavy look with dark finishes and colours.
  • It’s a good idea to have a light above your center island - fingers are useful so you want to be able to see the things you’re chopping, and the center island is generally a space of high activity.
  • We also find a good white wine helps to lighten the mood.

Examples of how to plan your kitchen

Example 1
Kitchen Planner Example 1
The great thing about this plan is that it uses the 7 Piece Starter Set Special (7PSSS) which saves the client R17300.00, so this client ends up with a beautiful solid wood kitchen for only R60 000.00. It’s often a good idea to start with the 7PSSS and then build on to your kitchen from there as needed or as your budget allows.
 
Example 2
Kitchen Planner Example 2
Here is an example of a kitchen plan for a larger layout. You could call this "the deluxe" version of our kitchen planner because it is so detailed and well laid-out. Kitchen plans submitted to us do not all have to be this complicated but it certainly helps us to understand exactly what you want.
Example 3
Kitchen Planner Example
This is a beautifully compact, well-organised kitchen makes effective use of the available space and wall areas without resorting to using Corner Units. Corner units are a cumbersome use of space and it is almost always better to try and find a more effective alternative.

Dazed and Confused?

We know it can be intimidating making decisions about something everybody who enters your house is going to comment on (positively, based on extensive statistical analysis) and often our clients feel like they aren’t creative enough, or knowledgeable enough to design their own kitchen.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP. Once you have designed your kitchen, we’d love to look at your plan so that we can give you a second opinion and point out any possible improvements or things to consider. Ultimately you need to decide on which units you would like to use. If you would like us to design your kitchen layout for you, we are happy to do this for you for a fee, which will later be deducted from the balance of your order.

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