To help with your remodel, use our checklist. It's a great tool to keep notes to share with your designer, including major and minor problems and features you like and dislike.Download PDF
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The most common and efficient kitchens usually have an L-Shape or a U-Shape design. 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. Other floor plans include: Straight – With all the work area on one wall, this is an inefficient layout and Galley – This layout is efficient when there are just one or two cooks in the kitchen.
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.
Try the virtual planner before you meet with a designer. It will give you a chance to think through your needs and visualize your dream space by looking at color, layout, and appliance options.