No matter your lifestyle, a remodeled kitchen can be the perfect place to unwind after a long week or entertain guests over the weekend. Whether your kitchen remodel is to transform a small and cramped space into something large and extravagant or a few simple cosmetic updates, an intelligent layout will make all the difference in helping you to achieve the most out of the space. There is a lot more to design in a kitchen than just placing furniture and cabinetry: ergonomics has a considerable role to play as well. Getting the countertop heights right, ensuring enough space for comfortable movement, positioning of appliances, and ease of use are all going to factor in your enjoyment of your kitchen. Here, we are going to touch on six foolproof designs for a great kitchen experience.
1) The One-Wall Kitchen
Often found in smaller kitchens, this simple layout is space-efficient without giving up on functionality. The one wall kitchen consists of cabinets installed against a single wall while incorporating upper and lower cabinets and/or shelving over base cabinets, creating a fresh aesthetic.
2) The Galley Kitchen
With economical use of cabinets, the galley kitchen consists of two rows of cabinets facing each other, creating an inner corridor or galley between them. By removing the need for corner cupboards, this type of layout uses every inch of space without waste. The simple design also means that there are fewer unique gadgets necessary, making this a cost-efficient option.
3) The L-Shaped Kitchen
A practical layout option for small and large kitchens, the L-shaped kitchen has cabinets along two perpendicular walls. Even though the corner requires some clever cabinetry solutions to make it practical, the open plan design of the L-shaped kitchen offers excellent flexibility in the position of appliances and work zones. While you can have the legs of the L as long as space allows, it is best to keep it to less than 15 feet for ease of use.
4) The U-Shaped Kitchen
A fantastic layout for larger kitchens, the U-shaped kitchen consists of cabinetry along three adjacent walls. This layout offers plenty of storage but can feel enclosed if there are upper cabinets on all three walls. To avoid this, choose upper cabinets along only one or two walls, with open shelving, focal tiles, or a range hood on the other. The U-shaped kitchen allows for great workflow and multiple users at the same time.
5) The Island Kitchen
It is a trendy choice in open-plan homes; the island kitchen provides a large work surface or storage area in the middle of the kitchen. The island can include a cooking surface, additional sink, prep bowl, and a bar or wine fridge. It can also be used simply as a preparation area or for enjoying family meals. While the kitchen has to be big enough to fit in an island, its placement is a great way to create a natural traffic flow in the area.
6) The Peninsula Kitchen
The peninsula is related to the island kitchen and includes a kitchen counter that extends from a wall or cabinetry. This is a great solution that offers the benefits of a kitchen island where space doesn’t allow for an independent island to be installed. The peninsula can be used for food preparation, eating, or other tasks while the cook is busy with meal preparation.
Plan Your Kitchen Remodel
These are just six design ideas for your new kitchen but for more kitchen remodeling services, ask Gordon Reese Design Build. We’re the remodeling professionals you and your home have been waiting for. Contact us today by calling (925) 885-3770.