By Janet Myers | June 15, 2019
Friends and family always end up congregating in the kitchen, so why not give them a more comfortable and attractive place to enjoy? If your current kitchen has seen better days, there’s no better time than now to consider a kitchen remodel.
When designing your kitchen remodel, it can be easy to get lost in the visual details like cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and appliances. But in the big picture, the layout of a kitchen is just as important and has a lasting impact on how much everyone enjoys your newly renovated space.
A few simple questions will get you started:
If your dream is a family-centric kitchen, you’ll likely want an island with casual seating as the room’s focal point. If you love throwing parties and preparing gourmet meals, you might want to choose an open layout with upscale features like an island cooktop and oversized appliances.
Here are four popular layouts that feature a healthy balance of functionality and personal style.
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This is a smart design choice for small and medium sized kitchens where you want an open layout but don’t have tons of space. The versatile L-shape kitchen layout features countertops on two adjoining walls. It’s a great design for uninterrupted traffic flow and allows for easily adding a dining area and multiple work zones.
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Efficient and accessible, a galley kitchen layout is ideal for smaller spaces. Also known as a walk-through, this design features two opposing walls or parallel countertops with a walkway between them. Galley kitchens are incredibly functional, making use of every available square inch of space.
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Often referred to as a horseshoe kitchen layout, this is the most efficient floor plan and is ideal for large spaces. A U-shaped layout has three walls that hold cabinets and appliances. Many modern homeowners now choose to make the third “wall” an island instead. If you want plenty of space for family and guests, as well as an unobstructed flow for meal prep and cleanup, this is the layout for you.
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A small space doesn’t mean you can’t have an open concept look for your kitchen. The peninsula layout uses an attached island to transform an L-shaped layout into a U-shaped. The design can also turn a U-shaped layout into what’s known as a G-shaped one. Whichever you choose, the peninsula functions like an island without taking up the square footage a traditional island might.
There are many kitchen layouts to choose from, and people often combine one or two of them to create their ideal space. And while you might think you need to stick with the layout you already have, depending on space and budget, you can choose to totally remake your kitchen into any style you want.
Through the years, we’ve learned that what matters most in choosing a kitchen layout is that it’s one which satisfies your family’s needs for the long run. If you’re ready to get started on your own kitchen remodel, our designers would love to talk with you about how to choose the best kitchen layout for your family and home.