Home Renovation Trends

The Kitchen Work Triangle and Work Zones (Which Is Best For You?)

The Kitchen Work Triangle and Work Zones (Which Is Best For You?) 1695 802 Tessa Maristela

The kitchen work triangle is a design principle comprising three major work areas zoned into: the sink (cleaning), the range or cooktop (food preparation), and the refrigerator (food storage). These three work zones, when laid out to form into an imagined triangle, facilitates daily kitchen tasks effortlessly with an open work flow. It makes for an efficient layout that supports productivity,  movement and foot traffic.

The design principle dictates that all three sides of the triangles must measure between 4 feet to 9 feet apart with an ideal triangular perimeter of between 13 feet to 26 feet. This promotes a convenient and modest distance between each work zones that also saves time in moving from one work space to the other.

The kitchen triangle is a commendable layout but may not be ideal for all kitchen given the variety of needs of a contemporary family. A kitchen having beyond the modest size may allow for more than one cook at a time, which finds the work triangle limiting and less functional. There is a larger demand for more appliances in a sizeable kitchen which may be challenging to fit into the traditional work triangle concept.

A kitchen design must be flexible to movement and work convenience. If there’s an engaged foot traffic in the kitchen that allows the kids and both the parents to be in the same space, the design can adopt different work zones that distributes the traffic and work flow evenly, instead of the three triangular points of the sink, range and fridge. The work zone is a pliable modern approach linked into the work triangle with clear emphasis of the zone function rather than the spread and perimeter of the triangular work spaces.

The modern kitchen has work zones prevalently factionalized into: (1) food preparation and assembly (range, cooktop, oven, microwave, etc.), (2) food storage and refrigeration (refrigerator and pantry), (3) cleaning and food disposal (sink, dishwasher, trash and waste incinerator), (4) cooking containers (pots, pans, skillets, etc.) and (5) plates and utensils (plates/bowls, spoons/forks, cutlery, blender, etc.). These zone areas have functional integration that connects the tasks of food preparation to cooking to dishwashing and food storage.

A kitchen design, regardless of size and shape, must have the groundwork that is consistent with the principles of efficiency, work flow and foot traffic. As much as the visual element of the kitchen matters, design performance must account for optimum functionality in the application of the kitchen triangle or work zoning.

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2023 Leading Home Renovation and Remodeling Trends

2023 Leading Home Renovation and Remodeling Trends 1920 1280 Tessa Maristela

On the threshold of 2023, we look forward with high hopes and fresh expectations. With projects already lined up at the start of this year, we see inspiring movements on the upsurge, signaling another year of promising residential transformations.

For the past three years, we have learned to adapt and changed the way we live through the pandemic and inflation of commodity costs. As home owners, our priorities for comfort and practicality redirects the significance of  our home renovation decisions.

Here are this year’s projected residential renovation trends:


Working from home has been on the rise. Businesses conducted through online communication not only conform with the social distancing mandate but also deliver a more relaxing and less rigid working environment. The attic, den, garage or a guest room are ideal spaces for renovation or conversation into a home office.

Home Office of Residence on Argyle Avenue


Kitchens and bathrooms have high-traffic volumes, exposed to frequent use more than any other rooms in your home. With a broadening attention to practicability, there is a growing demand for kitchen and bathroom upgrades in 2023. Upgrades are as simple as replacement of vanities or countertops, plumbing or hardware accessories, cabinet refacing or refinishing, or major kitchen and bathroom remodels.

Kitchen of Residence on Argyle Avenue

Bathroom of Residence on Curson Avenue


More owners are investing in increasing the square footage of their homes. With a growing need for space, the addition of living spaces has become essential. Extension constructions can be as small as adding a bay window in the living room, a full-size pantry to a kitchen, a walk-in closet to a bedroom or an outdoor kitchen. Major additions, such as a covered sunroom, a dormer in the attic, a second story above a garage or an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) for guest accommodation/rental intention, are gaining popularity in construction.

Walk-In Closet of Residence on Pebble Beach


We have been cooped up in our homes during the pandemic. It is projected in 2023 that homeowners look forward to expanding their living spaces into the outdoors to enjoy multifunctional activities for relaxation, dining or barbecue cookouts. Outdoor renovations such as new patios, balconies and garden decks are foreseen to accelerate this year.

Balcony of Residence in Argyle Avenue


We have seen an increase in exterior facelifts in construction. The popularity of  exterior upgrades and mixing of exterior finishes in 2022 migrates into the new year. With the production of new materials and innovative ideas for combined use of textures, exterior remodels will see an incline in demand.

Exterior Poolside View of Residence on Ramirez Canyon Road in Malibu

Whatever upgrade you are contemplating to give your home a new look this new year, we would love to hear from you. Contact us for a free consultation now.