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Essential layout for kitchen designs

The goal of any kitchen renovation is to create a functional cooking area that makes the most of the space you have at your disposal. Whether it’s a redesign of your current kitchen or increasing its footprint through expansion within or outside of the home, choosing the right layout is important in meeting your family’s needs. Popular layouts to consider when planning your kitchen renovation.


Single Wall Kitchen

A kitchen layout staple, the one wall or ‘strip’ kitchen features all appliances, countertops, and built-in cabinetry on a single wall. Strip kitchens should be between 17 and 22 feet in length, with appliances distributed evenly throughout to allow for ample moving room between each. For aesthetic touch, choose to anchor each end with a larger item – such as a tall cabinet or the refrigerator.


Galley Kitchen

The galley layout is the easiest way to establish a work triangle in your kitchen – anchored with two countertops parallel to each other. Appliances should be divided between both sides and the sink and cooktop placed on the same counter for cooking convenience. To ensure the kitchen has space to manoeuvre, leave at least four to five feet of space between countertops.


L-Shaped Kitchen

With two countertops adjoining in an L-shaped formation, this layout allows for plenty of room and flow throughout your kitchen. Keeping the sink central in this layout (i.e. middle of a counter) helps create more space between appliances and avoids tight spaces between swinging fridge and oven doors. This layout is ideal to open up your kitchen, especially when attached to additional living areas.


L-Shaped Kitchen with Island

Building on the versatility of an L-shaped kitchen, the addition of an island as a floating third countertop is a terrific use of space and completes the perfect work triangle. While the island can be either mobile or fixed, the latter allows you to add permanent appliance fixtures to your island – such as your cooktop or a second sink – giving you the flexibility of a true entertaining kitchen. If you plan to add seating space on the outside of your island for guests or family members to join you while cooking; make sure to add at least nine to 12 inches of countertop overhang to give sufficient space for legs and a support beam (especially for heavy stone countertops).


U-Shaped Kitchen with Island

Similar to the previous layout, the U-shaped with island configuration is best suited to large, open kitchens where there is ample room for traffic flow between counters, and plenty of space for prepping and plating. Choosing this option gives you the flexibility to relocate your main cooktop area or sink to the island, freeing up additional space in the outer ‘U’ for additional counters, storage, and built-in appliances. Again, always ensure there is at least five feet of space to provide manoeuvrability.


G-Shaped Kitchen

A final popular layout is the G-shaped kitchen. A variation on the ‘U’ shape, the ‘G’ layout adds an attached peninsula that encloses the majority of your kitchen. This layout works well for large spaces with minimal traffic, leaving more room for one (or more) cooks to have separate work triangles – often complimented by a second sink in the peninsula. The added length of space makes the ‘G’ shape a prime layout for the addition of a desk or built-in seating along the peninsula to maximize the use of additional counter space on the opposite side of the kitchen.

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