When trying to design a kitchen layout you will have to deal with several space issues. Will you create more space by removing a wall? Will you be adding ventilation to your breakfast area? Do you want to add a kitchen island or more electrical outlets? With a well designed kitchen layout you will be able to easily see how much space you have and what you can do with it.
If you are having your kitchen renovation done by a professional your layouts will probably be very detailed. Try comparing these with others available online to get new ideas. You can also ask your designer to give you several variations on the layout. You do not have to stick with the first design they offer you. By looking around online you may also find one that you like more than the layout your designer gave you.
As far as kitchen layouts are concerned the major limiting factor is space. You will have to make sure that your design will be suitable for your lifestyle as well as the number of people living in your home. Still, designing your kitchen´s layout should be fun, try to be creative and gather as many ideas as you can. This is the best way to get started with your kitchen renovation project.
The most crucial element of any kitchen design is the work triangle. In your kitchen, the stove/range, refrigerator, and sink should be laid out in such a way that they form the three points of a triangle. Nothing should impede the flow of this triangle and the space between the three points shouldn’t be too big.One plan that utilizes the classic work triangle is the Corridor. The counters and cabinets form two parallel lines that create a space in the middle similar to a corridor. While space can be limited in this layout, it is highly affordable and completely functional. It is the most ideal for one or two people in the kitchen.
The L-Shape plan, similar to the Corridor, uses the work triangle but in a less narrow space. This plan also allows for more counter space, which is another plus.
The U-Shape plan is a combination of both the Corridor and the L-Shape. It is the most space of the three plans, making it the ideal if there is enough square footage for it. Choose the best layout for your home and your family.
Your flooring choice is important as it will set the tone for the whole kitchen. The textural quality of the floor always appeals to eye and has a radical effect on how one perceives the room as a whole. For kitchens, the two most elegant floors are tiles/stones and laminated or hardwood floors. Ceramic tiles are a premium product for a kitchen and represent an impressive upgrade over any other floor. The only disadvantage is the cold feel. However if you want you can also opt for a floor heating system.
While choosing your countertop, select a color and texture that will compliment your cabinetry, floor or paint selection. Don’t be afraid in combining two or more countertop materials. Complimentary colors and textures on adjacent surfaces create visual interest. Also remember, it pays to select a material, which will withstand years of use without extraordinary maintenance requirements and is easily repairable should an accident occur. Granite and marble are strong options.
You might have a large ceiling fixture, equipped with energy-efficient fluorescent tubes that supply plenty of well-diffused general lighting. However it may leave you working in your own shadow at the sink, range, and countertops. These areas in your kitchen need supplemental task lighting. Also placing your windows is a tricky question.