David Saks: Kitchens Are Important : Period !

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Kitchens Are Important : Period !


The kitchen is the most used place in the home.

So the way it's set up has a huge impact on the floorplan of the house.

The most critical aspect of the kitchen is what we call a work triangle, which is created by the refrigerator, the oven and the sink.

What the designer relies on, primarily, is the distance created by these three points on the work triangle. 

This can translate into the difference between a great kitchen design and a lousy one.

If the distances between these points are too small the kitchen is cramped and might pose some hazards; if they're too wide you'll feel like you have to go to the store to get the ingredients back to the stove. 

It's been said that homebuilders feel that the best distance between these points in the work triangle is seven feet.

This makes the area comfortable and safe.

What are your thoughts about the kitchen?

David Saks

Time&Temp Memphis

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Comment balloon 18 commentsDavid Saks • May 26 2008 03:54AM


David, there is no doubt that the kitchen is the most important room in the house.  At least three times a day, if not more, people enter the kitchen to decide what nutrients and meals will go into their body at that moment.  Food spurs conversation and nurtures lives.  We renovated our kitchen 2.5 years ago and transformed it from a place that we dreaded being into a showpiece of our home.  It changes your whole attitude.  Whether they are chefs, gourmands, or not, buyers care about kitchens!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) almost 12 years ago


I made the unfortunate error of buying a house that has almost everything we wanted .... except the kitchen is too small. I cook nearly every night and do a lot of food preparation, and I don't have room to maneuver. There is no easy fix, it is what it is, but if I had to do it all over again, I'd get the kitchen I need!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 12 years ago

My wife was very picky about her kitchen. She loved the kitchen in our first home and wanted this one to be as great. She also thinks counter space is very important so that you have somewhere to work. I've seen some crazy kitchen set ups that just don't function well.

Posted by Rob Muller, Cherokee County Real Estate (ReMax Town & Country) almost 12 years ago

The kitchen is by far a selling point in a home!

Posted by Lorinda Ward, Serving, Hampton Roads Virginia. Norfolk, Chesapeake, Va Beach (Keffer Realty) almost 12 years ago
you have to love your kitchen in order to truly love your home
Posted by Kim Tavares, e-PRO - Long Island, NY (Legend Residential Sales LLC) almost 12 years ago

Hi, David:  I totally agree with your post .... kitchens count!  With so much new technology out there today, it's difficult to decide what to choose to put in a new kitchen design, but one thing that is certainly important is the "triangle" relationship you've described.  A most important feature of the home is the functionality of the kitchen.

Posted by Jan Evett, Broker Associate, 20 years+ in real estate (The Premier Property Group LLC) almost 12 years ago

Good morning David,

You said it all. The kitchen is absolutely the most important selling point in a home. Although, the other day a client said "you know me Becky, I don't cook." Maybe not so important to her but she needs to know it may be a selling point for the next client.

Posted by Becky Respess, ABR, CRB, CRS (Broker/Associate Century 21 Judge Fite Co) almost 12 years ago

I learned about this seven feet when we remodeled our kitchen about 20 years ago. A larger kitchen worked well when there were often four of us working together -- we had more than the classic seven feet. When the kids were gone and we built our dream house, we downsized the kitchen. It's now less than 7 feet and we're glad because even though there are often two of us in there at once, we like the coziness! Plus, we bad knees in old age, the fewer steps the better.

With kitchens, as will all else, one size doesn't fit all.

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) almost 12 years ago

We had a house for sale that everyone thought was wonderful because the kitchen was so big.  My thinking was I wouldn't want to walk all the way around that large island all the time to get to the refrigerator and back to the work areas, etc.  I could see it walking the cook to death.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

Sounds like your family has really gotten the best out of your kitchen, Brian. Thanks.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

Richard, there's a great scene in the movie An American in Paris, with Gene Kelly, that's a must-see, where he wakes up in the morning and walks over to a small kitchen to prepare breakfast. The way he uses his feet and hands to manipulate the drawers, cabinets, coffee maker and refrigerator in a space the size of a matchbox is incredible. Hope your week's off to a great start.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

Picky's good, when it comes to the kitchen, Rob. And, remember, she's the boss when it comes to the kitchen. :-) I guess I'm just old fashioned. Great to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

Yes it is, Lorinda. A fine kitchen is absolutely key to the deal. Hope you have a fine week ahead.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

Your so right, Kim. Always great to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

Absolutely, Jan. Here's a really cool link page that says it all, Http://Kitchen.Com . Everything in the known universe is there about kitchens. Also, check out the kitchens from this great designer, http://www.dreamdesignbuilders.com/What-Weve-Done-Kitchen.php . Hope this week, and every week, is a great one for you in the beautiful state of Florida.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

Hi Becky. Some clients don't want a nice kitchen to cook in; just display their Lladro, copperware and limoge (and maybe the beer mugs) :-) I gave a referral to an agent three years ago who listed for a client who used the kitchen to display her enormous Llladro collection and didn't cook, although she meticulously prepared cocktail wieners for her shitzu and bichon. Great to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

Sounds like that fine kitchen arrangement is working out admirably for you, Ann. Hope your having a fine week.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

Sounds like they needed a tour bus to go from the sink to the refrigerator, Barbara :-) You must have listed something the like the Taj Mahal :-) Great to hear from you.


Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

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