Kitchen designers are not all made the same. With all of the advice on kitchen design that is floating around on the internet it is easy to believe that anyone could become a subject matter expert and act as their own designer. This may have a grain of truth to it. Almost anyone can put together a kitchen, but it takes a highly trained and thoughtful designer to create what we call a “Performance Kitchen”.
A real kitchen designer, like the ones at Performance Kitchens, is a true expert who lives and breaths kitchen design. Our designers each have rigorous formal educations and years of experience creating some of the finest kitchens in the Delaware Valley. But what they bring to the process is beyond just education and experience. Our designers have a passion for delighting our customers with ideas and details that they would not have thought of by themselves.
Regardless of whether you want a large kitchen with every conceivable amenity or a smaller and more intimate kitchen, you won’t be happy unless it performs to your expectations. You can have the latest, greatest kitchen innovations, but without a functional kitchen design, the end result will rarely match your expectations.
Some of the design elements that we focus on include the following:
Element 1: Design for Performance
A critical element of a Performance Kitchen design is that it is designed for cooking and for living. We believe that the design-flow for a highly functional kitchen allows the person who is working in the kitchen to have clear access to the refrigerator, sink and stove. The work triangle creates an easy path to each of these kitchen features and creates the most desirable and ergonomic workflow.
Element 2: Kitchen Lighting That Illuminates To qualify as a Performance Kitchen, our designers place special emphasis on proper lighting. What this results in is bright, illuminating light over the cooking areas, sinks, countertops, stove and other surfaces. Another important feature is undercabinet lighting, which has become an increasingly popular choice for home owners who want functional kitchen design.
Element 3: Well Designed Seating The kitchen has become the heart of the home for many of us and is the place where our guests and families tend to gather for food, conversation and fun. In order to accommodate this, the Performance Kitchens’ designers work to strategically place seating away from your kitchen triangle and work area. This ensures that loved ones and friends don’t get in the way of the cook.
Element 4: Pullouts Adding pullouts to your kitchen storage cabinets can change the existing ambiance and flow of a great kitchen. Here are some of the benefits: Pullouts maximize every cubic inch of storage space, making the kitchen feel larger and more spacious. The most-used ingredients for kitchen success, from pots and pans to spices and wine, are conveniently located and accessed with ease. Pull-out trash bins are great for the kitchen and offer significant advantages. It places trash out of sight. It is also very practical. You just pull it out and you can drop in the trash. Overall, it’s more practical than having to open a cabinet door if your trash bin is placed inside and having to close it every time. The primary benefit of investing in some cabinet organizational equipment is an increase in your kitchen’s efficiency. You can maximize the space you have and make it easier to access many of the items you typically use.
Element 5: Incorporating Ergonomic Design At Performance Kitchens, our designers believe in incorporating advanced ergonomic designs into the kitchens we design. There are 3 types of ergonomics for kitchens:
Physical Ergonomics is applied to kitchen design because it deals with how the human body interacts with the stove, the sink, the oven etc.
Cognitive Ergonomics are applied to kitchen design because it speaks to how the mind thinks and organizes workflows when using the kitchen. It is important to understand that the way we cook and prepare food and conduct cleanup is affected by the layout of the kitchen design.
Organizational Ergonomics is applied by our designers when we are optimizing the workplace of the kitchen. All of these elements are used by our designers to create a Performance Kitchen!