Your kitchen's layout can make or break its function. In most cases, the homeowners we work with take their current layout for granted and don't even think about altering it for their upcoming kitchen remodel. However, changing your layout can make a tremendous difference in how your family uses your kitchen.
Which of These 5 Kitchen Layouts is Best For Your Family?
Take a moment to consider how your family navigates the kitchen each day - from the moment you brew your coffee or tea in the morning until that last dish is removed from the dishwasher and put away. Do you have a favorite place to sit and read, catch up on emails or where your children do homework? Where do friends tend to congregate when they come over for a visit? All of these (and more!) are the types of things that dictate the type of layout you choose.
- The U-Shaped Kitchen. In this floor plan, everything is right within a body twist and a step or two from where you're standing. It optimizes your kitchen counter space and the addition of a kitchen island or peninsula (more on those below) can further make use of food prep or appliance storage space. U-shaped kitchen spaces work well in open floor plans where the raised bar top and/or sink area opens up to a dining, family or living room.
- The L-Shaped Kitchen. This layout is similar to the U-shape in its ability to optimize countertop space and it also leaves at least one side open to other living spaces. In most cases, the sink will be on one leg of the L and/or the stovetop/oven will be on the other. You can also add a raised bar to either side (the side not against a wall, of course) to provide extra seating or standing room. Plus, raised bars work well as buffet stations during larger social events.
- The Galley Kitchen. The galley kitchen is losing popularity due to increased interest in open floor plan. However, there are some homeowners who love their galley kitchens because they hide the kitchen chaos from the masses. In this layout, your kitchen has countertops and appliances running along both walls. If the width accommodates an island, that is always an option as well.
- Island or Peninsula? While not necessarily a layout, the addition of a kitchen or peninsula can certainly augment any kitchen layout you select. Even a galley kitchen can include a smaller peninsula at the end of one of the kitchen wall countertops to allow a couple extra seats or a small work station. Either one can be enhanced with extra storage, decorative legs, book shelves for your cookbook collection or other features that make for a more attractive and useful kitchen space.
- Zone Design Kitchen. If you have the space, you can alter the traditional layouts and design your kitchen in relationship to the zones that are most important to you. If you are a baker, you can design a separate zone for mixing and rolling out dough and within close proximity to your oven(s). If you love wines, you may want to have a special wine cabinet, small wet bar and glasses stored in their own spot.
Would you like to re-think your kitchen layout? Contact Kitchen Magic to schedule a consultation. We'll come right to your home to help you re-envision the possibilities.