When trying to streamline, there are a few common kitchen chores that ought to be considered. They include loading and unloading the dishwasher, placing food in and taking it out of the oven and microwave, unloading groceries, and accessing cooking equipment.
When you design your own kitchen cabinets, there is no law that forbids you from placing a door at your optimum work height. Think of how wonderful it would be to load and unload the dishwasher without bending over. The same is true in our photo for the oven height.
Any kitchen and bath specialist will tell you the secret is to measure using your own body. What is the most comfortable height for you to stretch out your arms in front of you to place a heavy roast in the oven? Can you and your partner use the same dimensions, or do you need to establish some kind of compromise height?
Instead of squatting on your knees, which might be impossible at your age, seek the convenience of smooth drawer hardware that allows for easy pullout storage drawers.
There is European hardware that organizes pot lids or cleaning supplies on the backs of cabinet doors. You can create narrow pullouts for the storage of cooking oils, spices and condiments. Hafele and Blum are a major manufacturer of superior hardware accessories used by custom cabinet shops worldwide.
An online search will reveal the secrets of how European cabinets work. Why should you care? For centuries, the citizens of European cities have lived in smaller homes, so they have carefully studied how to coax function out of tight spaces.
Since 1927, ALNO has made living and working in the kitchen pleasant and more efficient. MyWay, shown in the photo, is an innovative range of fittings and features that allow ergonomics, flexibility and functionality to bring ease and comfort into everyday reality.
Swing-down interior features for easy access, base cabinets that rise up to meet you, wall units that slide lower to ease the loading heavy plates and platters, elevated work stations, retractable landings, height-adjustable table, fully accessible corner storage units, as well as a cabinet dedicated to the family pet with a tuck-away food and water bowel in the toe-kick are all possible.
Christine Brun, ASID, is a San Diego-based interior designer and the author of "Big Ideas for Small Spaces." Send questions and comments to her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Christine Brun and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.