No matter what peoples preferences are, the kitchen still remains as the center of any home. As such, it should be the most livable and the most efficient as well, considering how people-traffic will inevitably lead to it. Make it an even more livable space.
Common sense. Is the kitchen table a bother every time you make your way from the sink to the refrigerator? Will opening a window to wonders to your kitchen considering how dim it is? Well, theres no need to call a Nobel laureate to solve the problem. Chances are, you are just too wrapped up to notice that moving your kitchen table just a few inches will clear the bruises that you get every time you bump into it. Opening the window of course will bring in much needed illumination, but adding extra light might even be better. Truly, common sense is the best problem solver for all kitchen maladies. What do you think?
Dont sweat the big stuff. Why? Because its all small stuff anyway. Take your existing inefficient kitchen layout and configuration for instance. Chances are your immediate remedy to the wrong placement of pipes and beams would be renovation. However, most design experts agree that immediate renovation may not e the answer to this problem as opposed to simple repositioning. This will result in less effort and expense. Moreover, mere aesthetic solutions like painting and resurfacing of kitchen surfaces may in fact hide these problems. Thus effectively solving them.
Lack of space. This is a problem that most people will readily attribute to their kitchens. However, how much space do you need in order to have an effectively functioning kitchen? Probably not much, considering that a kitchens efficiency is based to a great extent on its existing layout. However, if extra space is needed lets say for dining, why not eschew the traditional kitchen table and island in lieu of a wok top that can double as a buffet table? In fact, if you have a backyard, why not move the informal dining area out of the kitchen altogether in favor of al fresco dining? Truly, the lack of kitchen space may not all be the problem, but rather the inability to think out of the box.
Go with the flow. Sometimes, problems could be solved simply by watching the flow of people traffic in you kitchen. Take time to see how the kitchen workflow works. This way, you will be able to see if the pathways people follow are wide enough for them to move about more efficiently. Also, you can observe if the work triangle (between sink, fridge and stove) is adequately spaced. Indeed, try to get to know your kitchen much better and without a doubt, the changes that you will introduce will truly make a difference in efficiency.