Kitchen Plan: Step by Step to Your Dream Kitchen

January 6, 2022
  1. Preparation is half the kitchen plan
  2. The first impression counts: the kitchen fronts
  3. Kitchen fronts: a brief overview of materials
  4. Choose the right worktop
  5. Stainless steel, the choice of kitchen professionals
  6. The kitchen backsplash is more than just decoration
  7. Also think about the kitchen floor
  8. The kitchen appliances are a topic in themselves

In the past, people cooked in the kitchen and ate in the dining room. Today, the kitchen is the heart of many houses or flats and the place where the whole family sits at the table, eats together, talks and laughs. The kitchen has a new meaning. This has also changed the design, colours and materials. We have compiled the most important points to consider when you are building a new home and want to choose your dream kitchen or replace your old kitchen.

Preparation is half the kitchen plan

Kitchen plan depends on many factors. On the one hand, the area, the floor plan and the connections, on the other hand, your demands, your needs and your budget. First of all, think about what the kitchen is for you: a cosy eat-in kitchen or a functional workspace? This determines, for example, how many and which kitchen appliances or how many cupboards and drawers you need for cutlery, crockery, glasses or kitchen utensils. The more storage space you have, the easier it is to keep an overview of your kitchen. It makes sense to consult a kitchen designer. He knows what is important and how you can create a lot of space even in a small kitchen or how you can design a great kitchen on a small budget in which your family feels comfortable and at home.

Houzy Advice

Good to know

The smaller the area or the more special the floor plan (including electricity and water connections), the more important the kitchen planning. The time for professional advice is well invested.

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The first impression counts: the kitchen fronts

Kitchen fronts are immediately noticeable and determine the style of a kitchen. Colours, materials and handles change the first impression: cosy, industrial, modern or rustic? When choosing materials, however, you should not only pay attention to the design, but also to the functionality and durability. When choosing, make sure that the kitchen fronts are washable, heat- or light-resistant, durable, acid-resistant and shock- and abrasion-resistant. 

Houzy Hint

Tip

With handles, you can completely change the character of a kitchen without much effort. If you love minimalist design, you should choose so-called tip-on kitchen fittings that, for example, open a door as soon as it is tapped.

Kitchen Plan: Kitchen Front
The kitchen front decisively determines the design and the mood in the kitchen.

Kitchen fronts: a brief overview of materials

These are the biggest advantages and disadvantages of the most widely used materials for kitchen fronts, sorted alphabetically:

  • Concrete fronts are very stable, heat-resistant and scratch-resistant, and they also age well and develop a beautiful patina. On the other hand, they are expensive, have to be sealed and should not come into contact with acid.
  • Foil fronts belong to the group of plastic fronts. They are cheap, easy to clean and available in many colours. On the other hand, they are neither heat-resistant nor acid-proof. In addition, the foil can detach from the support over time.
  • Glas fronts are particularly robust, scratch-resistant, easy to clean and hygienic. On the other hand, every fingerprint is visible and the choice of handles is limited.
  • Wood veneer fronts are cheaper than solid wood fronts, which is why real wood fronts are popular. However, the veneer is susceptible to humidity and can swell, and it is neither cut nor scratch resistant.
  • Lacquer fronts are hard-wearing, resistant and easy to clean. However, high-gloss or matt lacquered fronts are susceptible to fingerprints or scratches and are expensive. Lacquer laminate is an inexpensive alternative.
  • Solid wood fronts are insensitive to fingerprints, robust and durable. On the other hand, they are susceptible to cuts or knocks and require a lot of maintenance because they have to be oiled or waxed regularly.
  • Melamine resin fronts or laminate fronts count among the plastic fronts. They are heat and acid resistant, scratch and impact resistant, easy to clean and UV resistant. However, like laminate fronts, the material is not natural.
  • Laminate fronts belong to the group of plastic fronts. They are heat-resistant up to 230 degrees, scratch-resistant, easy to clean, acid-resistant and cut-resistant. Because they are very hard, the fronts are not available in all shapes.
  • Steel fronts are particularly heat-resistant, durable, hygienic and very easy to clean. They are also suitable for allergy sufferers and can be disinfected. That is why they are widely used in many catering kitchens and in more and more private kitchens. New powder coatings prevent water stains and fingerprints.

Houzy Advice

Good to know

You can replace kitchen fronts if they are broken or exchange them if you no longer like them. All brand manufacturers keep their fronts in their product range for many years.

Choose the right worktop

You have almost the same choice for worktops as for kitchen fronts. Material and quality are even more important because the surface is used daily and subjected to heavy wear. Inexpensive worktops made of laminate are easy to clean, but not very hard-wearing and heat-resistant. Solid wood worktops are more durable, but require more care and need to be treated with oil or sanded down from time to time. Granite worktops are noble and durable. The stone is very hard, heat-resistant and insensitive to scratches. Marble is softer and less durable. In addition, the stone absorbs liquids, which is why stains can form on the surfaces. Other materials for customised worktops are acrylic stone, concrete, ceramic or artificial stone.

Houzy Hint

Tip

The worktop should be large enough and also have space for things you need every day, for example spices, herbs and oils or glasses and cups.

Kitchen Plan: Worktop in the Kitchen
The worktop is subjected to the most stress. Therefore, pay attention to material and quality.

Stainless steel, the choice of kitchen professionals

Stainless steel has gained acceptance in catering kitchens because the material is heat-resistant, easy to clean and not very vulnerable to bacteria or viruses. The worktop can be welded to the sink and the fittings, so that no dirt settles on grooves or edges. But steel is not only practical, it is also timelessly beautiful, as Forster kitchens have proven since 1953. Forster specialises in steel kitchens, which have many convincing advantages. These are the 7 most important plus points:

  1. All steel kitchens are produced from recyclable steel without toxins or emissions and are even suitable for zero-emission buildings (MCS, multiple chemical incompatibility).
  2. The smooth surfaces are easy to clean and look like new even after many intensive cleanings. They are also non-porous, so dirt cannot build up and adhere.
  3. Sheet steel is conductive and therefore prevents electrostatic charges that attract dust.
  4. Galvanised and powder-coated steel surfaces are rustproof despite the high humidity in kitchens. 
  5. The surfaces do not chip thanks to the powder coating baked at 200 degrees. In addition, powder-coated metal remains odourless even after thousands of hours of cooking.
  6. Bacteria and pests cannot settle on non-porous steel surfaces.
  7. Steel is magnetic. That is why kitchen accessories such as a paper roll holder or a spice storage box can be easily attached to the magnetic panel wall.


The only downside of steel is its susceptibility to fingerprints, but you can simply wipe them away. 

Kitchen Plan: Steel Kitchen
Steel kitchens from Forster are widely used in many catering establishments and in an increasing number of private kitchens.

The kitchen backsplash is more than just decoration

Wall panels should match the kitchen fronts and worktops. However, they should not only be beautiful, but also easy to clean and hard-wearing, because they have to withstand a lot in everyday kitchen life, for example hot splashes of fat or the sharp edges of pot lids. Tiles and tiles are the traditional splashback and are modern again. Back panels made of glass, wood, Plexiglas and increasingly steel are very popular. Metal or steel splashbacks are particularly suitable for everyday use, which is why they are used in professional kitchens. They are only a few millimetres thin, are installed without joints and are easy to clean. Thanks to their timeless design, they fit into most kitchens and can even be printed.

Also think about the kitchen floor

The floor is subjected to a lot of wear and tear in every kitchen. That's why it should be hard-wearing, not vulnerable to stains or water, and easy to clean. This applies to laminate, linoleum, tile and PVC floors, but also to natural cork or sealed parquet. For parquet floors that are subject to particularly heavy wear, such as in the kitchen, a polyurethane sealant makes more sense than oil or wax. Natural stone goes particularly well in a timeless steel kitchen. Natural stone is scratch-resistant, natural, easy to clean, practical and robust. Granite, marble and slate tolerate heat to a certain degree and humidity well, last forever when properly cared for and are easy to keep clean. Read more about this in the article "What You Should Know about Natural Stone in the Bathroom and Kitchen".

The kitchen appliances are a topic in themselves

The choice of kitchen appliances and kitchen gadgets depends on space, budget and requirements. It is important for kitchen planning to decide on a standard. In Switzerland, the standard width of built-in appliances and furniture is 55 centimetres (Swiss measurement system) or 60 centimetres (European standard). Some manufacturers offer special dimensions, for example 45 centimetres wide, if space is at a premium. Kitchen appliances are a topic in themselves, so we will write a detailed article about them in 2022. Just this much for now: When choosing, be sure to pay attention to the energy efficiency class. Energy-efficient appliances save electricity and therefore money and help the environment.

Take a look at the steel kitchens of the professionals and plan your dream kitchen with the kitchen experts at Forster. You will find kitchen boutiques in Arbon, where Forster is at home and produces all its kitchens, Basel, Bern, Carouge, Chur, Ebikon, Winterthur and Zurich.

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