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Kitchen Trends: How the Island Turned the Triangle into a Center

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For decades, the “work triangle” dominated the kitchen design landscape giving homeowners something tangible they could use to make sense of their kitchen’s layout and flow. However, the inclusion of the steadfastly popular kitchen island and the more common occurrence of multiple cooks in the kitchen has transformed the work triangle into a series of work centers.

Strictly speaking, the “work triangle” is defined by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as an imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink, to the center of the cooktop, to the center of the refrigerator and finally back to the sink. Furthermore, the sum of the work triangle’s three sides should not exceed 26 feet, and each leg should measure between 4 and 9 feet, the work triangle should not cut through an island or peninsula by more than 12 inches, no major traffic patterns should cross through the triangle and finally if the kitchen has only one sink, it should be placed between or across from the cook…

A Contemporary Kitchen Gets a Modern Makeover

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   This contemporary kitchen was originally designed and built as a bachelor's kitchen; and it showed. The kitchen was tucked away – out of sight, out of mind. The lines were clean and understated and not very functional. The current layout forced the cook and helpers to face a wall at all times with their backs turned to one another and to company. There was little prep space with a lot of wasted floor area floating around between the cooking, cleaning, and assembly areas.  The fixtures, appliances, and finishes were showing their age and had outlived their days as sleek and modern and were now looking drab and lifeless. The cabinets and counters had a shiny gray laminate with a cool gray tile floor and textured gray wall paper which served as the backsplash. It was time for some updating.
  Besides the aesthetic problems facing this kitchen, the relationship between this central hub of the family and the other adjacent spaces was strained, to say the …