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How to Plan Your Kitchen Prep Zone


The kitchen work triangle is a popular concept amongst designers and homeowners alike, implemented to increase the functionality of the space as well as the aesthetic value. The idea emphasizes the three most important aspects of the modern kitchen: the cooktop, the sink, and the refrigerator. If a homeowner in Olney, Maryland can access all three of these points with ease, then the design is considered a work triangle success. As architects continue to design larger, more spacious kitchens, the work triangle has evolved into separate functional work zones and areas. In this week’s blog, we’ll discuss the progress of the modern kitchen in specific regards to work and prep zones.

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The Modern Kitchen: Three Important Zones

The primary zones in today’s kitchen include the prep zone, the cooking zone, and a cleaning zone. The kitchen may also include other zones depending on the unique needs of the homeowners, such as a separate area for pets or baking. The number of zones often depends on the size of the kitchen as well as its general layout.

Focus on the Prep Zone

The prep zone is arguably the most important zone space in the kitchen because it’s where we spend the majority of our time. Here, carrots are julienned, tomatoes are washed, onions are chopped, and ingredients are mixed and measured. It’s important that the prep zone is located in close proximity to the refrigerator, so the homeowner can access the meal’s ingredients easily. The primary sink should also be close by, as well as a sprayer and garbage disposal.

One of the most crucial aspects of a functional prep zone counter space. Without an efficient amount of space, homeowners can’t comfortably or adequately prepare meals for family or friends. Today’s homeowners are transforming their workspace (the kitchen island) into a storage space as well. Consider incorporating subtle cabinetry into your kitchen island to store bowls, cutting boards, spices, and more. With modern cabinetry technology, every space can have a purpose.

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