September 22, 2021 | Kitchens

3 Benefits of a Multi-Zone Kitchen

Your kitchen has so many functions. It’s a space to make beautiful meals and for families to gather, from small day-to-day moments to big holidays.

With more families cooking together and the steady increase of countertop kitchen appliances, we are seeing kitchen remodeling projects calling for multi-zone kitchens. Gone are the days of the work triangle kitchen layout—it’s been replaced by the multi-zone kitchen. 

What is a Multi-Zone Kitchen? 

A multi-zone kitchen is designed to split up areas into different zones for a variety of needs. This is a complete departure from the triangle layout, which attempted to create efficiency by putting the refrigerator, stove, and sink at completely opposite places in the kitchen. 

While this 1900s trend worked well at the time, it’s really only effective if only one person is using the kitchen at a time. As more families spend time together in the kitchen, it doesn’t work as well today. 

In our kitchen remodeling experience, we tend to see five major kitchen zones:

  • Prep.
    A designated place to prepare dinner ingredients as well as store cutlery and plates.
  • Cooking.
    Where your stove and oven are, as well as countertop appliances (i,.e., a mixer or air fryer).
  • Consumables.
    This consists of your pantry and fridge.
  • Cleaning.
    Included in this zone are your sink(s) and dishwasher.
  • Flex.
    Used for other activities including homework, entertaining, or even a place for the family pup to have his food and water bowl! 

Twin cities home remodeling company, minneapolis home remodeling, twin cities home designThe Top Three Benefits of a Multi-Zone Kitchen

  • Enough Elbow Room for Everyone.

    Let’s create unique spaces for you and your family to spread out and enjoy multiple activities at the same time. While the kids finish up homework, you can be chopping vegetables. Or one person can be cooking dinner while another is getting a head start on dishes.

  • Individualized Storage Solutions.

    With this layout, you can get really clever and specific with how you arrange your kitchen essentials. Are you a host? We can design a place to hold – or better yet display – your treasured trays. Are you a baker? Now you can store all of your baking equipment!

    “With a custom kitchen design, you can ensure that your kitchen layout works for your specific needs,” said Sydney Monson, one ofJBDB’s designers. “Custom cabinetry and custom storage solutions will make time spent in the kitchen more enjoyable for everyone.”

  • Efficiency.

    Now that your kitchen is organized, everything will feel more streamlined. You can house your most-used appliances in easy-to-reach places. It’s amazing how much this type of strategic layout can make your kitchen feel and work better for your whole family.

JBDB Can Create a Brand New Kitchen

If you’re feeling like your kitchen is a little cramped, we can fix that for you! Opening up more room is going to make a world of difference to the way you cook, eat, and come together at the end of the day.

Our team of skilled designers will work with you to determine your biggest frustrations with your current kitchen and help develop a plan that is perfect for you and your family’s day-to-day needs. 

Take a look at our kitchen remodeling projects. If you’re inspired to connect, send us a message

Kitchen with a dark wooden stove hood. Part of a James Barton Design-Build Remodel

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