Sufficient space in the kitchen

3 minutes

Christchurch, New Zealand

Marc and Lisa live with their dog Carli in a small garden flat in the heart of Christchurch. In a few months there will be a new addition to the family, as the couple are expecting their first child. This is why they've bought a lovely little house outside the centre of the city with a large garden. They are currently busy planning a new kitchen!


For Lisa it's important that the kitchen furniture works well for a long time. "A friend told me about the Zone Planner," explains the exuberant 32-year-old. "It was a real eye opener for her how many provisions and cooking utensils actually have to fit in a kitchen," she adds. Then continues: "Of course the new kitchen will be bigger than our old one, but it'll have to meet our needs for many years to come."

Good preparation is half the battle

The move is due to take place before the baby is born to give the newborn a cosy home to grow up in. "As time is ticking away, we'll have to be even better at planning and know exactly how we want our furniture to be designed. Being prepared is the only way our cabinet maker can have it ready in time," says lighting designer Marc. The 35-year-old amateur cook explains: "We like inviting friends over for dinner and whenever we're travelling, we usually do a cookery course to get to know the local cuisine better. Our Asian spring rolls have become legendary among our circle of friends!" It's important to Lisa to be able to store her food processor somewhere with easy access but that takes up as little room as possible. Storage space for dog food and treats is also a must in the new kitchen. "We'll also need room for baby bottles and other paraphernalia in addition to our existing kitchen appliances," adds the expectant dad Marc proudly.


A big surprise – the amount of things that need to fit in a kitchen

"Our cabinet maker wasn't aware of the Zone Planner, but was impressed by it and appreciated the way it made his job easier. He acknowledged straightaway that the info it provides is an important basis for his kitchen planning," the mother-to-be tells us. "We got straight to work and went through every individual item we need to store in our kitchen. At first I was quite terrified of all the work we had to do, but we got it done in just a few minutes with the Zone Planner," explains Lisa with relief. "Our list is really extensive. I could hardly believe how many cooking utensils we actually want to accommodate," says Marc shaking his head. "And at the moment we store lots of things in the cellar. We want to avoid this in future and have enough space for everything."

Our cabinet maker will be recommending the Zone Planner to all of his customers from now on. The preparation we did made his job a whole lot easier.

Custom cabinets for favourite items packed with features

The kitchen plan is now ready and the young couple's cabinet maker was able to design lots of practical cabinets that cater precisely to the two animal lover's taste. "There'll be a large larder unit with individual pull-out drawers – one drawer for every member of the family," grins Lisa. "The baby drawer, the pet drawer… and the chocolate drawer for Marc!" she jokes. "We've also included a pull-out shelf with lock concealed behind a door for our beloved food processor. The plug sockets are inside the cabinet so it's ready to use whenever we need it," raves Marc enthusiastically. The exotic herbs and spices the couple have collected over the years will be stored in the preparation area next to the hob.


Beautifully organised with a system

"We also got some inspiration for the inner dividing systems in the pull-outs from the PDF of the list of storage items. It was something we hadn't even thought about. When we saw the ideas we got to work deciding on them," adds tidy-minded Lisa. "Our cabinet maker incorporated them straightaway, so even the interiors will be complete when the kitchen installation is finished." Now the future parents can relax while they wait for their dream kitchen and get on with the rest of the exciting preparations. "Our next project is the changing table," reveals the DIY enthusiast Marc: "Although we didn't use the Zone Planner for the storage item analysis in this case, the principle was the same," he laughs.


All advantages at a glance

  • Overview of all the items that you want to fit into your new kitchen

  • Practical cabinet solutions adapted to meet your individual needs

  • Ideas for functional inner dividing systems

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