The kitchen remains the most popular home renovation project. On average, a kitchen remodel will yield a 75-100% return on investment. So as you plan, start by coming up with a design concept, one that suits your new or existing space and your family’s personality.
Generally, most kitchen plans tend to fall into 5 basic layouts.
1. Galley kitchen.
This kitchen design is often designed in homes where space is at a premium. It is an efficient use of space and consists of two opposing walls with a floor area of approximately 3 feet. between countertops.
A great way to maximize space would be to open up one wall towards the neighboring dining room or family room with a pony wall (short wall) and introduce a cantilevered countertop with stools on the other side.
2. L-shaped kitchen
The L-shaped kitchen is probably the most popular kitchen design for many reasons. This particular design uses two adjacent walls and is best suited for the classic kitchen triangle.
This kitchen design offers great flexibility when it comes to locating your workstations and as a result makes preparing, cooking and cleaning much easier. Be sure to provide ample counter space between each appliance for work surfaces.
3. U-shaped kitchen
The U-shaped kitchen is the most efficient design. This plan uses three walls and provides great workflow by staying within the classic kitchen work triangle. In other words, placing one main appliance per side allows the cook to move and work effortlessly between the sink, stove, and refrigerator.
This setup also allows you to designate one side of the U as the dining bar area with stools on the opposite side, or at best, if space permits, perhaps you can insert an island within the overall space of the kitchen.
4. G-shaped kitchen
The G-shaped kitchen plan is similar to the U-shaped kitchen design, with an additional peninsula or fourth wall of cabinets.
You need a larger space to accommodate this type of kitchen design. Ultimately, it provides more space for food preparation, additional state-of-the-art appliances and dining room. It’s great for multiple cooks, but would work best by incorporating a second work triangle. This is easily accomplished by simply adding a second sink (perhaps on the peninsula), and both cooks use the other appliances.
5. Kitchen with island
Islands work best in L- or U-shaped kitchens that are generally open to another area. If you have the luxury of space, an island would be a welcome addition to any kitchen.
This floating cabinet allows you to socialize with your guest while cooking without feeling left out. The ideal size of an island ranges from 36 “+ wide by 72-96” + long. Allow at least 42 “from the edge of the counter to any adjacent work surfaces, and preferably another 42” for hallways and traffic. The islands can be designed at counter height (36 “), table height (29”), or a combination of both.