By ggfp. Kitchen. At Monday, March 05th 2018, 07:16:39 AM.
Materials: As we all know, there has been a significant move towards eco friendly and reclaimed materials in recent years. Expect to see reclaimed wood being used as a feature, especially in high end kitchens, even creeping in to modern and contemporary kitchens to add an earthy feel.
Put an upper counter 8\" above your countertops (i.e. 6\" wall, 2\" thick upper counter). In an \"open floor plan\" concept, this 8\" of height hides a \"messy\" kitchen counter from view to the other rooms. It also gives you plenty of room for multiple electric outlets in the in the 6\" wall areas. The 6\" tall wall is the right height for 6\" ceramic wall tile. The upper counter is 44\" (elbow height) a perfect height for \"leaning\". This allows your guests to \"lean\" on the counter (out of the kitchen) and talk with you while you're preparing food (in the kitchen). It's also a good height for serving food or for tall stools as a breakfast bar. Not all of the upper counters have to be the some width. Some sections may be 9\" wide (just a top to the kitchen partition, while other sections of the upper counter can be 24'' wide, for serving food or as a breakfast bar.
In the corners of the kitchen, install cabinets at 45 degrees to the adjoining cabinets rather than a \"blind\" cabinet or \"lazy susan\". While a 45 degree cabinet has some dead space, it utilizes more space than a \"lazy susan\", mainly because the cabinet shelves and drawers are square, and a \"lazy susan\" is round.