Don’t rely on anybody but yourself when it comes to planning your kitchen.
Although we had a contractor who worked with one of the best architects in Goa, he absolutely had no idea about kitchen appliances. It was a hard fight to get all the inlets and outlets right and I had to check and correct everything myself. Don’t expect your architect to do the needful. Usually they are men and have no idea what is going on in a kitchen. No offence, please!
When planning a kitchen, start with analyzing the traffic it has to support. People will go into your kitchen and move from the fridge to the sink, the cabinets and the cooking range. Are there children in your family who need easy access to drinks and snacks? Will there be traffic through your kitchen to other destinations? Is there a back door, a pantry or a basement door? Mark the main traffic routes on your layout plan and start from there with the planning. If you have a small kitchen with a lot of doors, it might be helpful to consider closing one of them to reduce traffic and gain more space. Furthermore it is important that the kitchen has an easy connection to the dining and living space of your house or apartment. Most of our free time is spent in these areas and a good design can improve your family life a lot.
The work triangle, the quintessence of kitchen design:
In western architecture the work triangle used to be the fundament of kitchen planning. This triangle is formed by the refrigerator, the cooking range and the sink. According to conventional rules, the triangle is the shortest distance between the fronts of each appliance. The triangle should not be longer than 8 meters (26 feet). A single leg should be at least 1,23 meters (4 feet) and not more than 2,74 meters (9 feet). The cook should be able to walk without hindrance from appliance to appliance.
I followed this rule when planning my kitchen and I am really happy with it. Some friends of ours have built a huge house with an equally huge kitchen and they did not deem it necessary to consider something as prosaic as the work triangle. The result is a beautiful kitchen where you have to walk seven meters from the fridge to the sink… cooking in this kitchen requires a lot of exercise.
Although the work triangle has been a useful guideline for generations, nowadays it tends to be too simplified. We have a tendency to use more than 3 appliances in the kitchen; the microwave and dishwasher have to fit into the concept as well as the blender and other gadgets. Still the triangle remains a good starting point.