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Kitchen Case Study: Functional Modern Tuscan

What I love about Kitchen Design is the ability to fulfill my client’s dreams for their Kitchen spaces.

This project was for a couple who were building their Forever Home on a spectacular view lot.

The homeowners loved to entertain family and friends and had a vision for building a home as a welcoming space for all.

With the Kitchen being the true heart of their home, my brief was to design a space that showcased their love of Modern Tuscan D├ęcor Style and make it functional for their lifestyle.

Read on to see how I accomplished this.

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Everything You Need to Know about the Kitchen Clean-Up Zone

The Clean-Up Zone is the last zone in the sequence of the 5 essential zones in the Food Flow Theory.

The focus of the design of this zone is functionality.

Clean-up should be easy and even enjoyable if this zone is thoughtfully designed.

Before you continue if you haven’t read the first four parts of this series here are links to each.

Let’s explore the Clean-Up Zone.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Kitchen Serving Zone

Once a meal has been prepped and cooked it is time to serve it.

This is when the Serving Zone comes into play.

This fourth zone of the 5 essential Kitchen Zones in the Food Flow Theory, revolves around storage.

Having presented the Food Storage Zone, the Prep Zone and the Cooking Zone, next up is the Serving Zone.

Let’s look how to develop the perfect Serving Zone.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Kitchen Cooking Zone

This third installment of my deep dive into the Kitchen Food Flow Theory highlights the Cooking Zone.

The Cooking Zone is the third zone the cook visits while preparing a typical meal.

The first is the Food Storage Zone where the cook gathers all their food stuffs.

The second zone visited is the Prep Zone where the cook prepares the food prior to moving to the Cooking Zone.

Ideally these first three Zones should be placed sequentially in the Kitchen Design so that the cook can easily move from zone to zone.

This layout is very similar to the Work Triangle Theory where an imaginary line is drawn between the refrigerator, sink and range.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Kitchen Prep Zone

Developing your Kitchen Designs using the Food Flow Theory will provide your client with a very functional Kitchen that is easy to work in.

I was introduced to this theory early on in my Kitchen Design career and have used it successfully in all of my Kitchen Design projects.

I know that the use of the Food Flow Theory contributed to my very first Kitchen Design Award win.

That winning Kitchen’s design brief described the layout of the kitchen pointing out how the placement of the Food Flow Zones made that kitchen functional not just beautiful.

This early win helped to solidify my mantra of “form follows function” and I continue to employ Food Flow Kitchen Design Theory in my designs to great success.

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Everything You Need To Know About the Food Storage Zone

Designing a functional kitchen takes a lot of thought and planning.

I have always employed the theory of FOOD FLOW when designing my client’s Kitchen Layouts.

With more than 1000 Kitchen Designs to my credit, this approach has served me well!

The FOOD FLOW Theory places 5 essential zones within the Kitchen Design.

  • The Food Storage Zone
  • The Prep Zone
  • The Cooking Zone
  • The Serving Zone
  • The Clean-up Zone

In my next 5 blog posts I will take a deep dive into each one of these zones to help Kitchen Designers implement this design theory into their projects.

We will begin with The Food Storage Zone.

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How to name your Design Company

Naming your company is always a process.

There are so many questions to consider.

Do you name it after yourself? Do you name it after a common element in your business? Do you make up a name?

After researching the pros and cons of each of these scenarios, I decided to develop a name for my company that truly reflected my company philosophy.

Here is my story on naming my company.

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Kitchen Design Case Study: Adding the WOW Factor to a Spec Home Kitchen!

Designing the perfect Kitchen for someone always entails getting to know them.

But how do you do that when you are designing a Kitchen for a project with no specific client?

Over the years I have designed multiple Kitchens for developers that were building homes on speculation.

The design brief is always to design a space that attracts a buyer while still keeping the investment dollars for the kitchen in check.

You also need to make the Kitchen memorable.

Read on to see how this project produced a fantastic Kitchen that sold the home for top dollar.

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The Top 10 Ways to Support Kitchen Dining Bars

The popularity of the open concept kitchen often means the inclusion of a kitchen island.

Kitchen Islands often include a dining bar and the Kitchen Dining Bar sees a lot of action in the course of a day.

It hosts breakfast, acts as a home office, provides a place for a quick lunch, keeps guests at bay and is the coveted spot during a party.

Because of this you need to get the design of the dining bar right and ensure you are safely supporting it.

Let’s have a look at the top 10 options for safely and aesthetically supporting a Kitchen Dining Bar.

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The Best Locations for Placing Wall Ovens in your Kitchen Designs

Many consumers are requesting a wall oven and cooktop instead of a traditional range for their Dream Kitchen.

There can be many reasons for this.

They may have a large space and would like to spread the cooking activities around the room.

They may want an oven at a more ergonomic height.

There may want special features only available in a wall oven.

Once it is determined that your client would like to include a wall oven or two in their new Kitchen, it will be up to you to find the perfect solution for locating them in their design.

Read on to discover some great ideas for placing wall ovens in your Kitchen Designs.

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Why I Love Kitchen Appliances as Drawers

The design of Kitchen Appliances has really advanced in the last 20 years.

When I began my Kitchen Design career most appliance packages included a 30″ top mount refrigerator, a 30″ range, a 30″ ventilation hood, a 24″ dishwasher and a countertop model microwave.

How things have changed!

Appliance choices now are almost infinite!

Observing the evolution of Kitchen Appliances over the years I have developed some favorites.

One of these is the Kitchen Appliance as a Drawer.

Let’s look at why I love this type of appliance.

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Kitchen Design Case Study: Heritage Designation

Part of what allows me to be an effective educator is taking on residential design projects.

My private design practice, Vestabul Design, provides design packages for kitchens and bathrooms for client renovations and new home builds.

These design projects keep me connected to the ever evolving needs & wants of consumers while providing me with a gateway to industry suppliers.

I also love the whole design process!

The project I am going to discuss in this blog posting was a very interesting one that combines modern design within a heritage designation.

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