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What inspires you? What are your favorite looks and features in kitchens today? Do you love the graceful architecture of a sculpted wood ventilation hood? Are you drawn to the texture of different leaded glass treatments? Perhaps the visual interest of mixing wood doors and metal doors for a more transitional look?
The most common and efficient kitchens usually use either an L-Shape or a U-Shape design. The L-Shape is a popular shape because it makes good use of limited space. Other types of kitchen floor plans include: Straight – With all the work area on one wall, this is an inefficient layout; Galley – This layout is efficient when there are just one or two cooks in the kitchen; L-Shape – This common layout makes good use of limited space; U-Shape – This ideal design provides an efficient work pattern with ample room for cabinets and countertops.
Maybe you've experienced carefully lifting a hot dish from the oven or microwave only to realize there was not space close by to set the dish down. Ouch! How much countertop landing space should you include for safety? A good rule for the counter space is 12 to 15 inches of landing area around the range, refrigerator and microwave, with 24 to 36 inches on either side of the sink. An island in the center of the kitchen can offer uninterrupted space that all work areas can share.
If there's more than one cook in your kitchen, or if your family and guests tend to gather around while you cook, then you'll want to keep safe distances for free flowing traffic. A walkway should be a minimum of 36 inches for smooth pass-through, but allow more space where you'll be working. Keep all work aisles to a minimum of 42 inches for one cook and 48 inches for two cooks.
Are you a visual thinker who likes to see your ideas come to life? Maybe you'd like to try out the virtual online planner from the NKBA before you meet with a designer. It's fun. It's free. And it will give you a chance to start thinking through your needs before you meet with your designer. You'll start visualizing your dream kitchen, bath, or laundry room by looking at potential color, layout, and appliance options. Click here or the image below to jump into the online planner.
Click here to download a PDF of Medallion's paper grid to use as a guide when sketching your floor plan