Creating a functional kitchen design
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where people tend to gather for holidays, birthdays, and other family get-togethers and social events. If you enjoy cooking or baking, then you’ll be spending a lot of time in this place, working, cleaning, and eating. But if your kitchen has an inconvenient or otherwise outdated layout, it can be challenging to make the most of this important space in your home. Below, we’ll go over the most popular kitchen design layouts, and how to choose a layout to suit your lifestyle, before you start planning your kitchen renovation.
Have your new kitchen design put function first
Any truly functional kitchen design layout includes what’s known as a “work triangle.” The work triangle is the cooktop, the sink, and the refrigerator. The traditional way to layout these critical features is in a triangle shape, with an imaginary line going from the sink, to the cooktop, to the fridge, and back to the sink again in a triangle pattern. This triangular layout is the most efficient for cooking and baking. Even with the growth in popularity of open concept kitchens, the work triangle is still present in the best laid out kitchens. So, as long as your dream kitchen includes the work triangle layout, you can apply your individual style to the space – whether that is modern farmhouse, stainless everything, or something totally unique.
How do you choose a kitchen layout?
At Hammerdown Home Renovations, we know that the modern kitchens often require a more open concept, and there are new, popular layout designs for kitchen work zones that you can utilize for your kitchen renovation. Not only does the modern homeowner need the traditional triangle components, but they also need kitchen components that go far beyond the conventional triangle, such as storage zones, cleaning zones, and preparation or cooking zones.
In some cases, the kitchen’s size may permit a socialization or entertainment zone too for dedicated seating areas. Ultimately, choosing a layout for your kitchen renovation will depend on your needs, wants, and the architecture of your home.
What are some of the most common kitchen layouts and designs?
Traditional kitchen design
People who aren’t into socialization while cooking or who prefer to work alone in the kitchen may enjoy a more traditional, super efficient galley kitchen. Galley kitchens are long and narrow and take their cues from the ergonomic kitchen designs that are popular in restaurants.
U-shaped kitchens are also ideal for solo cooks. They are similar to galley kitchens, except open on one side. This is the perfect kitchen layout for cooks who don’t want to be on display while they are cooking, but still want to be within earshot of the dinner table.
Small space kitchen layouts
For smaller homes, one-wall kitchens are often the best use of space. In these layouts, all of the necessary kitchen components are on one wall. Everything is compact and within easy reach, making an ergonomic workspace for small homes. Freestanding tables or islands centred opposite the wall make for a compact and efficient kitchen design. G-shaped kitchens are also ideal floor plans for small spaces, but they can accommodate more than one cook at a time.
Modern open concept kitchen design
A larger home or open floor plan can accommodate a more spacious L-shaped kitchen design, which is also ideal for people who want to socialize and entertain in this part of the house. An L-shaped kitchen offers homeowners the ability to fully customize their space into different zones for maximum efficiency, comfort, and entertaining.
Now that you know the different kitchen layouts that are available to you, are you ready to take your kitchen to the next level? Contact Hammerdown Home Renovations today to arrange an in-home consultation to assess the pain points in your kitchen, and to discover the hidden potential in your space. Why wait to update your kitchen design into your ideal cooking and dining space?