Kitchen Design 101 – Schematic Design
Section 4 – Schematic Design
During the schematic design phase, the Foodservice Consultant (Kitchen Designer) will work with you, and the chef or operator as well as the architectural team to develop a floor plan layout using bubble diagrams of the major functional areas and work stations:
• Storage (Dry, Refrigerator, Freezer, Non-Food, Disposable Paper Goods Storage)
• Preparation Area, dry, vegetable and meat
• Production Area (s) (hot & cold), a la carte cooking/grille
• Waiter pick-up/beverage area (s)
• Serving counters/serving lines
• Warewashing / Potwashing / Pulping
• Other/Specialty Areas
- Office (s)
- Service Bar
- Service Pantries
- Executive Kitchens
- Banquet Kitchen, Dish-up, Staging
- Tray assembly area
- Cart Wash
• Seating Area’s
By reorganizing the bubble diagram as necessary and relocating the relationships of the work areas and flow from one work area to another (with minimal counter flow of product or crossing traffic) we can create a bubble diagram that works.
Once we have the bubble diagram completed we can create a block plan which shows the required square footage for each functional space. This will also further define the space requirements; we will re-organize blocks as necessary to incorporate the ideas and fit within the overall plan. Keep in mind that gross square feet (The sum of all areas on all floors of a building included within the outside faces of its exterior walls, including all vertical penetration areas, for circulation and shaft areas that connect one floor to another.) is larger than net square feet (Net square feet is computed by physically measuring or scaling measurements from the inside faces of surfaces that form the boundaries of the designated areas. Areas defined as building service, circulation, mechanical, and structural should not be included).
Once we have a block plan approved we will create a schematic plan (a drawing intended to explain how something works; a drawing showing the relation between the parts) for your review and approval. We will provide a budget estimate for review based on the estimated cost per square foot.
After the schematic plan is approved we will move on to laying out the basic equipment as part of the Design Development.