What kitchen design works best for you?
When considering a home improvement project to remodel your kitchen, you need to determine which of the four basic floor plans will work best for you.
There are several floor plans that you can use in your kitchen redesign. You should look at the pictures of each one and notice how functional one of them will be for you and your family.
The basic floor plans are:
The U-shaped plan is efficient and versatile. You will have workstations on each of the three walls. This gives you plenty of storage and counter space on all three sides. If you plan on entertaining a lot, or if there are two people cooking at the same time, this may not be the best option for you. If you have the space, you can place a free-standing island workstation in the center of the room.
In an L-shaped kitchen design, you have two workstations on one wall and a third on an adjacent wall. The main workstation should be located near the curve of the L. This type of kitchen plan is not suitable for small kitchen spaces. You must leave at least four feet of open counter space between the two workstations that share the same wall. You also need to be aware of the workflow in the kitchen. The flow should be from the refrigerator to the sink and then to the stove and serving area. An eating corner should be in the area opposite the curve of the L.
In recent years, the most popular kitchen plan has been the island because it features a free-standing work station that can accommodate a sink or stove. The island concept works well in a large kitchen. It can be covered with a special countertop, such as a butcher block, so you can use it to chop vegetables. Marble countertops are great for pastry chefs.
The island does not have to be stationery. Put wheels on it. If your island is used only as a kitchen workstation, it can also be used as a workstation on your deck or patio. Another type is the peninsula island. It can be anchored to a wall and when not in use as a workstation it can be used as a buffet table.
The wall plane is a space saver. It is found in small houses, vacation homes, and apartments. However, it’s not the most efficient use of space for a person who does a lot of cooking. With this type of plan, you should have the sink between the refrigerator and the stove. Ideally, you should have four feet of counter space on each side of the sink.
When you are thinking about your kitchen redesign project, you may have to move walls or create walls to fit the plan you want. Plan your workspace carefully, and you’ll be pleased with the results of your kitchen remodel.