What’s Wrong With This Plan?
Leslie Cohen of Leslie Cohen Design offers a trio of design no-nos, with suggestions for safe, functional and attractive alternatives.
1. If you put a pot-filler faucet directly behind the center of any range or cooktop, you’ll have to reach over the cooking surface to use the faucet, which is not only awkward, but also dangerous. Instead, place the faucet on the wall or counter just to the side of the cooking surface. This way, you can avoid the risk of getting burned while filling a pot. Use a faucet with an extension arm or pullout spray arm to reach the most burners.
2. Installing lift-up wall cabinet doors that dead end into a corner causes an awkward angle that will make it difficult to lift the cabinet door up or pull it down. Instead, try an angled-face corner cabinet, a pie-cut shaped corner cabinet or open shelves for easily accessible storage.
3. Placing a refrigerator next to a wall that is deeper than the refrigerator could prevent the refrigerator doors from opening properly and, in some instances, prevent crispers from fully extending or being removed for cleaning. Consider some type of functional storage between a refrigerator and an adjacent wall, such as a pullout pantry.
Leslie Cohen, CKD, CID, ASID
Leslie Cohen Design