Design Your Room

Standard Design Principals that Combine Function and Aesthetics

Of course you want your kitchen to be both stunning and functional. If you are an aspiring chef, an entertainer of friends and family or working within a small space, these tips will help you determine how to lay it all out for that perfect combination of function and beauty.

Traditional Shapes:

U-shaped are shaped as they sound – just like a U. These kitchens are very popular, offering generous counter space and providing efficient workflow by creating a lot of room in a small space.

L-shaped kitchens offer a lot of benefits for both large and small homes, allowing flexibility in placing appliances and a convenient shape that can divide the cooking and eating areas.

The G-shaped kitchen has the same layout as a U shape but includes a little extra length of countertop, which provides lots of counter space and is great for homes with multiple cooks.

A single wall kitchen is a good choice for smaller homes or apartments because it provides an open, airy feeling that makes it more comfortable than a more closed concept.

The gallery kitchen is open on two ends and requires a minimum corridor width of at least 4′ so there’s room to maneuver when cooking. Another great option when space is limited.

The Most Efficient Shape is a Triangle?

The basic workflow triangle is comprised of three things; food storage, food prep and clean up. It is recommended that you do not distance these three things more than 12′ from each other, no matter what the shape of your kitchen, or efficiency begins to be lost.

What You Can Expect from Your Designer:

You will receive the following a couple of different types of plansfrom your professional kitchen designer. A floor plan is a drawning that presents relationships between elements of the room from an aerial perspective. An elevation is a floor level drawing that shows a single view of the room from one direction, as though you were standing just outside the boundaries of the room.

Trying it Out:

Take your floor plan into your kitchen and measure your room according to the design. Place markers, such as masking tape, to outline cabinets, appliances and furniture so you can get a real feel for the new space. You can even try taping up texture and color samples to judge light and fit before committing to your design. It’s a fun way to try to visualize your new space before work begins.