So Many Choices….. Which One Should I Choose?
It is not easy making all the choices you will have to make when building or remodeling your home. The room with the most choices is without a doubt … the kitchen.
It doesn’t matter if you hardly ever cook or you love spending your time cooking, entertaining, or even helping with homework. The kitchen has got to work efficiently, feel comfortable, and look GREAT.
The number of items you have to consider and select in a new build or remodel can seem overwhelming, especially in the kitchen. There is flooring, cabinetry layout, cabinetry style and color, drawer accessories, handles or pulls, appliances, lighting, lighting and more lighting, countertops, back splash, plumbing fixtures, wall colors.
So let’s discuss the kitchen choices from floor to ceiling and wall to wall over several blog entries. That way we can sit here with our cup of coffee and malinger over each item.
Let’s start with the DESIGN, the LAYOUT, the SPACE - the way it flows, the way it works for you and your family.
Big or small, basic or elaborate, most efficient kitchen designs fall into one of a few basic arrangements. Your existing kitchen probably fits one of these; a newly built house is likely to utilize one of them.
L-shape kitchens have one long "leg" housing two of the three basic appliances (range,fridge,sink) and one short "leg" housing the other.
U-shape kitchens have two "legs" of equal length, so the range and fridge are opposite each other and the three appliances are equal distance apart.
G-shape kitchens are L- or U-shaped with an added peninsula partly separating the work area from an adjoining breakfast area or family room
Corridor or galley-shape kitchens, sometimes called step-saver kitchens, have range and sink on one wall, a fridge directly opposite, and a narrow (but not less than 36-
to 40-inch) walkway in between.
Look around you. Do not let the walls around you restrict you from thinking outside the box or in kitchen lingo “outside the triangles”. Can you imagine your space DIFFERENTLY?
The kitchen space has to work for the cook and/or cooks. It may also have to accommodate additional functions – homework, an entertaining area, the breakfast bar or nook. The space should to have the elements that you need and desire.
Think about which layout appeals most to you and works well in the existing space you have to work with. I’m sure you have seen a picture in a magazine, a show on HGTV or that great houzz website and you said “I Love That Kitchen”. Start collecting ideas in a notebook or folder. You may come across an ideal layout for your situation.
To be continued……...