There are five basic kitchen layouts: L-Shape, G-Shape, U-Shape, One-Wall and Galley. The size and shape of the room will typically determine your layout. Although variations and deviations do exist, most kitchen layouts are based on one of the following shapes.
The L-shaped kitchen is the most popular design, and is appropriate for any size kitchen. It includes work spaces on two adjoining walls running perpendicular to each other. This layout works well for two cooks working at the same time, since no traffic lanes flow through the work area. If space allows, it is possible to incorporate a center island that doubles as a work space or eating area. The L-Shape kitchen typically opens into another room which makes a great layout for entertaining
The kitchen island is a place to be creative. The size will be determined by the amount of space you have, and the countertop material you are using. At least 36”- 42” of space should surround the island on all sides to allow appliances such as the dishwasher and stove to be opened and closed. If you’re looking at a seamless solid surface countertop, especially granite, the size of the stone can be limiting. Granite and engineered stone slabs generally don’t exceed 120” by 72” and some are much smaller.
Will your island host an appliance, sink, trash, recycling, eating area and food prep area? Since the island has the potential to be a mini-kitchen, it requires a carefully thought-out design.
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