Innovation House

Innovation in the kitchen: challenge your design with Dynamic Space

The kitchen is naturally the heart of our home and is an important space to bring people together throughout the day.

A contemporary style kitchen should allow for more than one person to share the daily duties of catering to the needs of a busy family whilst encouraging socialising and entertaining within our home.

Kitchens come in many different styles, layouts and forms. It is important that when designing your new space, whether big or small, new or renovated, that it is laid out to make it work for your individual needs. Functionality coupled with appearance will not only make this space a pleasure to work in, but can also save considerable time and physical stress on your body. A strong design will also add value if you choose to sell your property.

Enlisting the help of a well-trained kitchen designer will make this job measurably easier as they guide you in your choices of design, layout, colour, products and finishes. An experienced designer will explain how dynamic space will help create an efficient work space that will make your time in the kitchen much more enjoyable. Maximising access to usually difficult areas and providing more quality of motion are important considerations that will naturally flow from dynamic space.

It can be a daunting process that you want to get right the first time! Lean on an experienced and qualified kitchen designer who understands the benfits of dynamic space.

 


Want to know more about Innovation House?

Why not take it from 'Minty' -  our local radio DJ and self-pronounced massive V8 Supercar Fan... listen as he tries on the Aged Explorer Suit and gives this kitchen design a good workout ably led by Blum's own Dr Kitchen: Ron Redman!

 

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What can DYNAMIC SPACE by Blum do for you?

Before you decide on a new kitchen, the first question you should ask yourself is this; is there sufficient space for everything that I want to store in my kitchen? You don’t want to realise this too late in the piece.

Here are some tips on how you can increase your storage space in your new kitchen:

  • Use additional drawers.
  • Use wider cabinets.
  • Use inner drawers with more storage volume.
  • Use a larger cabinet depth.

 

Better Ergonomics...

You may have nothing against shelves in bottom cabinets - but your back sure does.

Have you ever found yourself having to remove contents at the front of your cupboards in order to get to the items at the back? Have you found it very difficult to find items in your cabinets and quite often, having to bend or stretch to locate the items you are looking for?

Solve this problem by replacing shelves with easy to reach pull-outs and drawers. Your back will thank you for it.

 

The Difference DYNAMIC SPACE Can Make

An exciting part of Dynamic Space design is seeing the differences that a sensible well laid out design can make to a kitchen.

The first image below represents a typical North Queensland Kitchen which has been designed to fit the space.

The second image observes the overall footprint, but by applying Dynamic Space principles achieves a remarkable improvement in the functionality of this kitchen.

 

Moduline’s String Study

There is a very simple method to demonstrate unnecessary paths in the kitchen or other work areas.

At Moduline, we conducted our own ‘string study’ between the BEFORE and AFTER kitchens.

We were able to calculate the distance covered, and time taken to complete a task in the kitchen – cooking a lamb roast.

We were also able to assess the stress levels on the body between the BEFORE and AFTER kitchens whilst performing this task.

The results are quite impressive.

The red and orange ergonomics model demonstrates the stresses involved in retrieving items from a base cabinet with doors and shelves in a kneeling and bent position.

In the BEFORE kitchen, red and orange stress levels were not recorded. By planning drawers and roll-outs instead of shelves, such as in the AFTER kitchen, you can do away with damaging bending and kneeling. You can easily remove storage items using a natural lifting movement.

Kitchen A represents a typical North Queensland industry kitchen whilst Kitchen B is heavily influenced by the design concept called DYNAMIC SPACE by Blum.

These principles consider the ergonomic factors and useability of a kitchen design. The footprint and finishes in both kitchens are essentially the same but we will be able to illustrate the difference in functionality between the two.

The majority of people underestimate the amount of work and time spent in the kitchen.

Would you believe that...

  • You walk to and from the table more than 30 times a day?
  • Drawers, pull-outs and doors are opened and closed more than 80 times per day?
  • More than 50 activities such as slicing, preparing a salad, buttering bread are carried out each day?

 

  You can follow the progress of this home on facebook - watch as the house takes shape day by day.

Talk to us now to see how the design of your project can make a remarkable difference in your home.