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

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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?

Classic Home Improvements

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

 

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