If living room is heart of every home, then kitchen is definitely its soul. Kitchen is not just place where we prepare and consume our food, it is also place where we socialize and generally only place and time where we come together during day. Smell of favorite food and warmth of kitchen are most precious memories from past for many of us.
This is why kitchen planning is important for every home. Basic demands every kitchen planning has to fulfill are: preserving food and dishes, preparation of food, washing of food and dishes, and cooking food-and in some cases eating food. All in the kitchen (appliances, tools and dishes) serves for these purposes and enables us to use kitchen.
When we plan kitchen organization, we have to decide whether we want to use it just for cooking or also as a dining room, i.e. do we need (or do we even have) separate dining room, or do we have to place dining table in kitchen where along dining, family members can socialize.
If kitchen is too small for even the smallest dining table, then you should definitely think about installing kitchen counter that is integral part of built-in kitchens and actually prolongation of work surface. Kitchen counter is perfect for this part because it will enable you to locate one or two stools so two family members can have breakfast there, and you can also relax there while you have to watch over something that is in the oven.
Locating basic kitchen elements (stove, sink, dishwasher, fridge) isn't something to think much about, because every modern kitchen has them, and all we have to chose is particular style our kitchen will follow (modern and minimalistic, rustic and wooden, etc.). Kitchen can have both in-built elements and free elements that are not connected in one unity but stand on their own. This type of kitchen planning is especially interesting and unstable for larger, rustic kitchens. One such idea that looks particularly interesting is separate kitchen island in the middle of the kitchen. Besides purely food-preparing surface, this island can also have small dining surface/table, and fulfill more than one purpose.
When choosing location of individual elements, we have to make our choice only once-and try to make it well, because later on it is very difficult to exchange poitions (because of necessary changes in water and electricity installations). The best positioning of kitchen elements is in L, U or II shape.