Saturday, June 6, 2009

Kitchen Work Triangle - A view from Kitchen Designer from Malaysia




The goals of a good kitchen work triangle are to place the three most common work sites. In the traditional kitchen the three main work sites are:
  • Refrigerator – the cold storage work site
  • Sink – the cleaning/preparation work site
  • Stove – the cooking work site
The concept for the kitchen work triangle was developed by the Small Homes Council of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois in the 1950’s. An invisible “work triangle” is created in the kitchen by the arrangement of the sink, stove and refrigerator.

There is some debate, today, among professional kitchen designer concerning the traditional work triangle. Although most agree kitchen work triangle is still an important element in kitchen design, may see the triangular space evolving as cooking habits and lifestyles change. These kitchen designers feel that the more actual living done in the kitchen, the more expanded the basic triangle will have to become and kitchen grow larger – which appears to be the trend – they will embrace an increasing number of activities. This will result in the need for several autonomous triangles within the room. We maybe need to plan a kitchen design for two or more cook, include an island with extra sink and cooktop and create multiple work triangles in kitchen design.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Kitchen Design Malaysia - Cooktops

Cooktops (Kitchen Design) can be fueled by gas or electricity. Cooktops have a number of different burner and surface options in (Kitchen Design) Malaysia market.

Gas Cooktops


Gas Cooktop (Picture from www.appliancist.com )

Pros
  • Allow you to instantly turn the heat on or off.
  • Give you more precise control over the temperature when you’re searing meat or simmering sauces.
  • Some new models can use 30 percent less gas by relying on pilotless ignition instead of continuously burning pilot lights.

Cons

  • Can release gaseous fumes that, without proper ventilation, can lead to indoor (kitchen) air pollution.
  • Require certain gas hook-ups in your kitchen.

Electric Cooktops with Coil Burners


Electrical Cooktop (Picture from www.appliancist.com )


Electric black coils—metallic tubes covered with insulation, create heat through electrical resistance. The heat moves from the coils to the pot or pan through conduction and radiation.

Pros
  • Don’t cause indoor (kitchen) air pollution.
  • Allow you to boil water faster on larger burners than you can on some gas cooktops.
  • They’re easy to maintain and repair.

Cons

  • You may pay less initially but electric can cost more than gas over the long run.
  • Don’t make a strong design statement.
  • Don’t offer precise control over temperatures.

Electric Cooktops with Glass Ceramic Surfaces

Glass ceramic cooktops often have a touchpad rather than knobs, to maintain the smooth, sleek look. Circular patterns on the surface indicate where to place your pots and pans. Rather than coils, these smooth cooktops have radiant, halogen or induction heating elements. Radiant or ribbon elements heat similarly to standard black electric coils; halogen works like ultra hot lightbulbs; and induction creates magnetic fields that generate heat.

Pros

  • Their smooth, flat surface makes cleanup easy.
  • When not in use, you can use the smooth surface as extra countertop space.
  • You get a clean, uncluttered look to the countertop.
  • Induction cooktops offer the same kind of precise heat control as gas cooktops, and are more energy efficient.

Cons

  • Induction cooking only works with steel and cast iron pots and pans.
  • Induction cooktops are more expensive than other electric cooktops.
  • You have to be careful that you don’t burn yourself by accidentally hitting the touchpad controls or knobs.
  • You won’t get the same kind of precise temperature control that you can with gas, unless you choose magnetic induction.
  • Hard to tell if the burners are still hot when they’re turned of.
Kitchen Cabinet Kuala Lumpur - A Kitchen Cabinet Designer and Consultant in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.