My apologies for the late post — busy week! Okay, in our last episode of “Spot the Kitchen Errors #8″, we had this kitchen:
Here we go:
Error #1 (Function) – How do wall cabinets open beside an angled wall hood?
Answer: They don’t.
How about the wall cabinets adjacent to the Hood: the doors will open about 45 degrees until hitting the hood projection. I’m not sure reverse hinging would even help. – Chuck
Many of you pointed this out. You’re all right. Those hood corners should leave nice(?) dents in both doors. Even if the hinges were reversed, Chuck is right again – there is simply not enough filler or spacing between the hood and the cabinets to allow for the doors to open.
The solution ideally would call for some form of open shelf, but there is precious little storage as it is. And not only that, the poor homeowner gets to put away all the dishes while walking through the cook’s space.
Error #2 (Function) – The centered sink
Here’s what centering the sink achieved:
- Forced the dishwasher to the right side of the sink, thus forcing everyone through the working area.
There’s not enough elbow room to prep between the sink and the stove, and if one person’s trying to prep there, then the other person has no hope of filling or emptying the dishwasher. And if the dishwasher door is open, no-one can move anywhere! – May
- Split a potentially beautiful 33″ – 36″ set of drawers for pots and pans next to the cooktop for a bank of 4 drawers and a base cabinet wedged between the dishwasher and the corner.
Error #3 (Function) – Refrigerator next to dining room opening
It’s hard to tell since I can’t see more of the kitchen in this photo but it looks like the fridge is right up against the doorway to the DR; an open door would block access to the DR. And where is the oven/MW? Next to the fridge? Is there counter near the fridge and ovens or is the closest landing space across that wide aisle. That’s not convenient at all. – Lisa
Apologies for the one photo. In the right side of the shot, we can just catch the refrigerator doors. It does look like the doorway is wider than average, but still: the average family of 4 opens and closes a refrigerator more than 150 times a day. I’ve seen layouts similar to this. I suspect that there is very little space between the ovens and refrigerators.
Error #4, 5, 6, 7…. – What happened to the scale and proportion?
When we discuss balance in design, we are referring to a studied compilation of items, color and sizing to creates a cohesive whole. In other words, when you walk into the room, you should say, “What a beautiful kitchen!” and then notice the individual details.
There is so much wrong in a technical design sense that I don’t know where to start. Here’s what others say:
I’m also not a fan of dummy drawer fronts on end panels: looks weird? – Chuck
Chuck is referring to the door panels on the side of the drawer unit beside the sink. Yes, that poor kitchen is already chopped up enough.
The first thing that popped in my mind was the “wine rack.” No matter if you had animals or kids, I wouldn’t want the wine rack to be on the floor. – Lauren
Well, if that were my house, I wouldn’t have the wine rack so the cats could use it as a sand-tray (sad, but true). – May
Technically, kitchens are the warmest room in the house and much too warm for any wine, red or white. Also, this room has enough lines without all those criss-crosses adding to it.
I don’t like an island that’s so skinny – I’d prefer it to be at least 30″, ideally 48″, wide, otherwise stuff is always falling off the back. – May
The chandelier over the island is much too high. There aren’t enough can lights to provide good task lighting. Seriously, one can light over the sink counter run? – Lisa
Here’s the real problem – long skinny island + round pendant = a feeling that something isn’t quite right. Ever seen a daschund wearing a saddle? That’s what’s happening here. A wider island would have helped.
It does, however, look nicely finished, in attractive materials with pretty (foolish) details, but – and this is rude – it’s all a bit lipstick on a pig, sadly. I hope some homeowner didn’t pay some fancyschmancy KD to come up with this one?! – May
May, I’ve seen this one over the years and can tell you exactly what it is. Spec home, pre-packaged plan set and a contractor that got the cabinets whipped up from the cheapest place he could find.
A fancyschmancy KD wouldn’t have touched this with a ten-foot pole. *grin*
This kitchen is over-applianced for the room. It needs a range (not a cook top) to fit where the sink is, the sink to go to the corner, with the dishwasher on the right. It also needs a bigger island, and painted cabinets. (really, are there any moldings or wall space or even flooring that is this wood and in this stain?) Such as shame too, because the rest of the rooms look wonderful.