Kitchen Remodeling: Choosing the Best Layout Design
Some homeowners want to do more than just upgrade their countertops and cabinets. They want to do a complete renovation of the layout as well. This may require knocking down walls or building them to get the desired look.
If you’re serious about renovating your cooking space the way you want it (and if it’s structurally possible), then you’ll find the following information valuable.
We’re going to dive into some of the best layout designs for a kitchen setting. Let’s get right to it!
1. One-Wall Kitchen Layout
Here’s an idea if you’re working with a small kitchen space. There’s no need to do anything fancy – just focus on making it as functional as possible.
Of course, this will only work if you’re great with keeping clutter to a minimal. Now, there are several advantages to having a kitchen layout like this. For instance, you won’t have to worry about impeded traffic flow.
There’s also plenty of space without barriers since there’s nothing taking up square footage. The design is rather simple and easy to pull off, given the plumbing isn’t an issue.
You’re able to cluster everything together – water, drainage, and electrical services.
As for the downsides, there isn’t enough countertop space and there’s no classic kitchen triangle for workplace efficiency.
2. Corridor Kitchen Layout
You’ll frequently find this style of kitchen inside of apartments, condos, and small homes. This is where there are two walls facing each other, like a hall or corridor. All your appliances and services are along the two walls.
Then the third wall that connects the two wall is there for placing shelves or nothing at all. The advantage of this kitchen layout is that it’s very functional. You get the classic kitchen triangle for efficiency in the kitchen.
There’s also added space for cabinets and counters, allowing for plenty of storage space.
However, on the downside, the workspaces can feel a bit crowded since the aisle is typically narrow. It’s not the best kitchen design if you’re planning to have more than one cook at a time.
The third wall is normally short, which makes it useless for cabinetry, counters, or anything else that can make your cooking space more functional.
3. L-Shaped Kitchen Layout
This is a very common kitchen design you’ll find in many homes. It’s kind of the standard layout for a kitchen. Therefore, you’ll find many cabinets manufactured in this fashion (10 ft by 10 ft).
In this design, you have four walls – two of them have countertops and kitchen services. And the other two are open and normally not used. However, you can place shelves and additional cabinets or countertops here if you want.
This layout comes with the kitchen triangle and lots of countertop space. You can also go ahead and install a kitchen island for additional storage and prep space.
The downside is the space between one wall to the other wall can be far. So, getting back and forth from the sink to the stove may be annoying. There are also issues with blind corners. Wall and corner base cabinets may also be hard to reach.
4. Double-L Kitchen Layout
What’s great about this kitchen layout is the fact you get not just one, but two workstations. You can achieve this design by creating an L-shaped or one-wall kitchen with a kitchen island that contains a sink, stove top, or both.
The advantage in this layout is that a lot of your countertop space is on the island, which is wide (about 24.5 inches deep). This setup makes it easy for two cooks to be in the kitchen at once because there are separate workstations.
The downside is that you need sufficient floor space to pull off installing the island in the middle.
5. U-Shaped Kitchen Layout
In a way, this kitchen design is like the corridor-style design, but the third wall has countertops and kitchen services. The fourth wall is an opening for access to the kitchen.
This kitchen comes with the triangle workspace, so this makes the workflow easy. There’s also plenty of space for additional cabinets for added storage.
If you’re looking for a kitchen island addition, this won’t work unless you have plenty of square footage. In most cases, this design has at least 48” of space between the two walls.
Remodeling Your Kitchen with the Help of Contractors
Are you ready to get started planning to your kitchen remodeling project? There’s a lot of planning that goes into this so it’s best to do it with the assistance of professionals.
At Fairfax Kitchen and Bath, we have design experts who can help with the design of your kitchen remodel. Our licensed contractors can provide a 3D design of your new kitchen before you even start.
We can also supply many of the materials and products for the job. You can visit our local showroom to see our selection of stone countertops, which include granite, marble, and quartz.
There’s also a great line of cabinets, knobs & pulls, hardwood floors, tile, carpet, vanities, and backsplashes to choose from. All our goods come backed with brand warranties for your safeguarding.
No job is too large or too small for us. If you’re looking to have your kitchen remodeled with the finest products in the market, then don’t hesitate to stop by our showroom.
Free estimates are also available so don’t hesitate to give us a call!
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