While sitting in my office last week, I was looking out the window at a landscape that was snow-covered, with snow continuing to fall. Everything was white and it reminded me of a blank canvas, like the one that faces me when I begin to design a kitchen. You know the feeling…depending on the space and the requirements, it can be daunting to start from scratch. Here’s how I begin my design process, once I plunge in!
It’s All About Negative Space
I use my countertop-drawing program to create lots of different shapes within the space, which is drawn to scale. When a new idea comes to me, I save the design and start a new one quickly, so I do not lose that train of thought. It is not unusual for me to end up with 15 very simplistic drawings. Some of these drawings are more fully developed and others are germs of ideas that need more attention later. At this point, I am often not thinking of appliance location; I am usually solely in the forms and shapes design mode. Being able to move or change windows, walls and/or doorways adds to “free thinking.”
Thus, as appliances are incorporated into these preliminary designs, some design concepts will be eliminated as not viable and others reworked with new ideas and saved again. This is this second iteration, or pass, as I go through all of the designs again. Sometimes one concept can have three or four iterations.
That said, I have a saying that typically my best and most creative work is often left in my job folders, unseen. But at least I have shown the design possibilities for my clients’ space, and sometimes they choose pieces of creative ideas I’ve shown them, which adds some real excitement to my work.
I would love to know and learn about your design process. How do you approach designing your kitchens?—Susan SerraE-mail
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