National Kitchen & Bath

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As President of the National Kitchen & Bath Assn. (NKBA), Maria Stapperfenne, Manager of New Jersey-based Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths, has the honor of announcing results of the NKBA annual style report. Among the noteworthy findings, which Stapperfenne shared at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in January: Modern-style kitchens will dominate; gray finishes are on the rise; more homeowners will opt for counter- or gathering-height tables rather than standard-height options; more furniture and furniture-like pieces will find a home in kitchens; and the needs of all family members, including pets, will be considered in the final layout. So what does this mean for the golden rule of kitchen design?
“The Work Triangle isn’t really dead,’ it’s just gotten smaller Now that many people are in the kitchen and it functions as more of a social space, the kitchen has multiple work triangles, or work zones. There is a food prep zone, which has plenty of counter space and is located within proximity to the refrigerator and the sink; a clean-up zone complete with sink and dishwasher; and a cooking zone, which has a cooktop or a range and again is near a sink. All of these zones have perhaps one shared item, such as a sink or another appliance, but each has plenty of proprietary floor space so that multiple people can function comfortably. All of this leads to a much better flow of traffic, and the kitchen becomes much more comfortable and inviting.
This same idea folds into trends such as additional under-counter refrigeration at a separate beverage or coffee center. And it isn’t uncommon for cabinets in these extra spaces to have a different finish. They coordinate with the kitchen, yet have a more furniture look or appeal.
The more modern, European-style kitchens place many of these centers’ behind closed or sliding large doors. With the open floor plans so common in contemporary kitchens, and especially in smaller spaces, such features give the appearance of a clean line. Since many European kitchens are actually much smaller than the U.S. counterparts, they make smart uses of space: cabinets with doors that power down and cover cabinetry; counters that slide over sinks to increase multifunctionality; and deeper island counters with a section that raises up via motorized mechanisms. These are all becoming increasingly popular look for them, and more innovative organization solutions, to gain popularity quickly!
National Kitchen & Bath Assn. President Maria Stapperfenne shares a floor plan for today’s kitchen.
A series of smaller zones, or triangles, each near a sink and commanding ample floor space, results in kitchen designs that address the needs of all family members, explains Maria Stapperfenne, a Certified Kitchen Designer and the 2015 NKBA President. Stapperfenne’s choice of multiple finishes for this medium-size kitchen creates the look of freestanding furniture.
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