What Type of Kitchen Layout Do I Have?

You spend every day in your kitchen, but do you know what shape it is?  Do you know what it’s labeled?  Do you know what shape you want it after your kitchen remodel?  Here is a quick guide to understand your kitchen better before you meet with a professional about your upcoming kitchen remodel.

L-Shaped Kitchens

White Kitchen Cabinets

L-shaped kitchens are probably the most popular layout seen in kitchens. L-Shaped kitchens usually have a sink on one side and stove on the others. Most homeowners will expand their kitchen to add an island and keep the L-Shape design but give it an updated look, and like the picture above the sink can be relocated to the island to allow more countertop space in the L Shape.

I-Shaped Kitchen

Bright Modern Galley Kitchen







This simple kitchen layout is one you see in smaller spaces like lofts or open apartments. This kitchen is a single galley kitchen or single wall kitchen. This is a simple design that works well in the smallest of spaces and it looks very modern.  This is a budget friendly kitchen because there is less cabinetry to be used and less countertop area.

U-Shaped (C-Shaped) Kitchens 

U Shaped Kitchen






This kitchen layout creates the perfect work triangle between the stove, sink and refrigerator. This is the kitchen best for those busy chefs of the home. The U-Shaped kitchen at times even offers a peninsula area for guest to sit and watch the magic happen. In other U-Shaped kitchens the peninsula may not be present but can be a wall of cabinets or other appliances may be on that wall. If an entertainment space is desired, an island can be created within the U-shape.

Galley Kitchen








Galley kitchens seem to have been the norm in older homes. The simple pattern of having a set of cabinets run down a narrow area of the home can be boring if you let it. Galley’s can be modernized to look more inviting by adding modern cabinets and hardware. Another way homeowners are adding some variety to their design is by knocking out one of the walls to the galley and opening the space and making that wall an eating bar keeping the galley shape but making the kitchen more accessible.

Island or Peninsula

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Adding an island or peninsula to your kitchen remodel can be a fun project because you are creating a space for entertaining.  Some homeowners like to have their family members sit at the peninsula to visit while they cook or so their children can finish homework while the parents prepare meals.

After viewing the layouts above, you may decide you want to completely gut your kitchen and create a new layout.  Most homes have the space to allow for a complete layout reconfiguration, which layout would you pick?

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Classic Home Improvements, a San Diego based remodeling contractor, offers design build services to homeowners in San Diego and Temecula.


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Open Versus Closed Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, there is no specific book you can read that tells you exactly what you are supposed to do with the space in your home. Every home is unique and so are the occupants inside them.   Only you can truly decide on what is comfortable and how a space can be most functional for your family.

If you are planning on remodeling your kitchen and trying to decide if you should create an open concept space or keep your current closed kitchen, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to lead you down the path that best suits you and your family.

  1. Why are you considering an open concept?

    Is it because you saw a beautiful kitchen in a magazine or on an HGTV sitcom?  Don’t forget that your entertaining and cooking style may differ from anyone else you know.  Unless you are planning your kitchen remodel to sell to your sister or neighbor – plan your space so that it suits your specific cooking and entertaining needs.

  1. Is your kitchen dark or does it feel closed off and gloomy?

Are you considering an open kitchen floorplan because you feel like your kitchen is dark?  You can lighten up your kitchen by adding canned lights, a skylight, or by raising your ceiling.  Perceived darkness should not be a leading decision-maker for opening up your kitchen.  There are plenty of ways to be creative in remodeling your closed kitchen.

  1. Are you organized?

    Galley Kitchen White Cabinets






Some homeowners like to entertain but they are not organized and they would prefer to keep their disorganization behind closed areas which means a closed kitchen is probably preferable to an open one.

  1. Do you like (or need) help when preparing food?

If you are an entertainer who likes to throw potlucks or who has a big family who comes over often for meals, you may prefer to have an open kitchen which allows multiple people in the kitchen without stepping all over each other.  We like to ask the question:  How many butts are in your kitchen?

  1. How do you want to allocate your budget?

Some homeowners would rather invest their kitchen remodel budget into higher end cabinets or deluxe appliances rather than invest in reworking the layout which can be expensive when dealing with tearing out walls.

Everyone’s needs are different.  When we ask homeowners what they are looking for in a design, we have some who need an open concept so they can keep an eye on their young children.  Other homeowners say they like to keep their food preparation separate from their entertaining and would prefer everyone stay out of their kitchen.  Your lifestyle will dictate what the best design is for you.  If you need help determining what that style is, invest in some free design consultations with local San Diego contractors.

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Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor offering kitchen remodeling services to homeowners in San Diego and Temecula.  Their showroom is located in Escondido, CA and is by appointment only.

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14 Different Countertop Materials

Most homeowners are familiar with quartz, tile, and caesarstone kitchen countertops, but there are so many more options out there that consumers may or may not be aware of!  Here are a handful that we thought you may enjoy reading more about:


This natural stone has been a popular choice for kitchen remodels over the years because it comes in various colors grains and finishes.  Granite is a very hard surface and is not susceptible to scratches and takes normal wear and tear very well.  It also handles heat well so placing a hot pot on the surface will not likely damage it.  Granite countertops, however, are very porous and need to be sealed properly and regularly to prevent staining

Engineered-QuartzEngineered Quartz

Engineered Quartz has taken over the kitchens in the past 3 years. Engineered quartz is a combination of ground quartz, resin and pigments to create a tough, nonporous material.   Quartz is non-porous so staining is not an issue with this surface.  With the wide range of colors, quartz has become a popular choice, but the prices can be a little steep and the surface is not as resistant to heat as granite.


Tile is probably the most effect material to use on your countertops. This is an older trend and isn’t seen much anymore due to the difficulty of maintaining the tile due to grout. If you want to bring back this vintage look, make sure you choose a durable grout to make maintaining easier.   While tile can be affordable and durable, the colors vary from batch to batch so if you get a cracked tile down the line that needs to be replaced, chances are the new tile will not match the original.

Glass CountertopEcofriendly

Things you can use for this can be anything from salvaged wood, Bio-Glass to Bamboo. Choices like this are chosen for clients who want a complete green remodel.  There are tradeoffs and just because salvaged and recycled countertops are eco-friendly does not mean they are all as earth-friendly as they could be…they do have to go from material creation to manufacturing so keep that in mind.

Recycled-Paper-Based-CountertopsRecycled Paper-Based

Yes you read that…recycled paper. Now this doesn’t sound durable by any means but the process to make it durable is similar to quartz. When blended with resins and pigments it does look and feel like soapstone.

Plasic-LaminatePlastic Laminate

Laminate is still in the game when it comes to kitchen remodeling. There is a large variety of customizable edges and finishes and it is very affordable. If you have a rental property and want to keep budget in line while having low maintenance, laminate is probably the best choice for your kitchen remodel.

Recycled-Glass-and-cementRecycled Glass and Cement

Recycled glass and cement is one of those unique trends in countertops that is starting to make its way to the main stream. The combination of these two materials fused into one makes for one beautiful, colorful, slab of one of a kind art. If you are going for a unique theme this countertop might be the perfect choice for your eclectic kitchen


Marble has been one of those classic materials that is very popular and it shows no signs of disappearing. If you have a white kitchen, more than likely you will migrate to marble to create that dreamy white kitchen that graces those glossy magazines. Marble is a softer stone that can scratch and stain easily.


Concrete is fairly new to kitchen remodels however it is starting to gain popularity. Concrete counters are created with pigments and dyes and can be custom made with various colors even down to the texture of the concrete. Once it is sealed it looks fantastic and is very durable.

Stainless-Steel-CountertopsStainless Steel

Want to feel like the Master Chef in your own kitchen? Try adding some stainless steel countertops. Steel is a great choice because it’s non staining, heat resistant and easy to clean. This countertop can drive your kitchen design to a high end look with a mix of high end industrial restaurant with tradition kitchen design.

Wood-CountertopsWood Countertops

Wood countertops may not be the most common option homeowners discuss, however butcher block countertops look great in any country kitchen or cottage kitchen remodel.  The quality of wood you choose and the right sealer to make all the difference when selecting your wood countertop to make it look warm and inviting.


Zinc countertops aren’t seen much in modern kitchens but this unique metal gave your kitchen an industrial feel. A great way to combine traditional design and industrial to your kitchen remodel.


Soapstone, it’s all in the name. This hard surface is 50% talc combined with other minerals mostly magnesite gives this surface a soapy feel.  Soapstone is heat resistant, non-porous and is chemically neutral so acids like lemon or tomato juice will not affect it. It is a soft hard surface so scratches are common and would need to be resealed every year.


Copper is not common but it’s easy to clean and maintain. It is a “living” surface and it will react differently to substances. It looks gorgeous in any kitchen but be prepared for it to change colors when it reacts to various chemicals.


While this list is long, we hope you found the material that will make your kitchen shine and complete your remodel.   Remember that these countertops come in numerous colors so pinpoint your color scheme before shopping for your countertop.  Come prepared with cabinet and backsplash samples to help you along the process.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

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Odd and Beautiful Kitchen Backsplashes

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, the backsplash paints the theme of the kitchen. Cabinets are also important … but the backsplash tells the story.  Need help deciding how to tell the story?   Here are some suggestions:

Glass Tile Backsplashes

glass-tile-backsplashGlass tiles can look incredible against any colored wood. Most choices of glass tiles are bright hued colors, if bright colors are too bold there are others in neutral tones.


Subway Tile Backsplashes

subway-tile-backsplashSubway tile is a common choice in back-splashes. Classic white subway tile can be found in most kitchens however brighter colors are popping up and making waves with this classic trend.

Stained Glass Backsplashes

stained-glass-backsplashStained Glass backsplashes aren’t very common but the look is very unique. If you want to give your kitchen a unique feel stained glass is the way to go.

Stainless Steel and Stone Backsplashes

stainless-steel-and-stone-backsplashStainless steel and stone back-splashes are popping up more and more in modern kitchen remodels but incorporating this futuristic material with an older trend is making a new trend.

Intricate Mosaic Tile Backsplashes

mosaic-backsplashDo you have a special design in mind for your kitchen? More like a focal piece of art or image you want to tell your whole story? Well you can try an Intricate Mosaic Tile. This idea is a great way to get creative and tell your own story and it not be fabricated by someone else.

Natural Stone Backsplashes

natural-stone-backsplashNatural stone backsplash is still very popular and can be seen in many upscale remodels. This style is easily replicated and can work great in any kitchen. Natural stone comes in various colors so it’s versatile no matter what color your cabinets are.

Modern Glass Tile Backsplashes

modern-glass-tile-backsplashModern glass tile can help create a contemporary feel to your kitchen. This small tiles are unique but they give the kitchen an overall different feel to kitchen. Mix various colors to give your back-splash a look of its own.

Sleek Stainless Steel Backsplashes

stainless-steel-backsplashStainless steel backsplashes are on the rise. The industrial look of a modern kitchen mixed with traditional design is something homeowners are going towards.

With so many options and designs this task of finding the right back-splash to complete the look of your kitchen. We know which ever type of material you pick your kitchen will look gorgeous and very unique.


Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

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