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There are many kitchen design ideas and I will offer my opinions to help guide you design the best kitchen ever.

The kitchen has become the most important room of the home; therefore its design must fit your family’s lifestyle. Long ago, it was primarily the place for cooking/storing food, however in today’s homes, it is the gathering place. It has become the central focal point of the home. More money is spent on the kitchen than any other room of the home.

The first kitchen design idea to consider is its layout. It needs to be functional as well as beautiful. One older method of designing the layout is the work triangle. The range, sink and refrigerator would form the points of this “work triangle” therefore creating an area that would make cooking & cleaning easier. One issue with this concept is only one person typically would fit in this triangle. Today, cooking is usually a family event with socializing therefore its design should take this into account.

Designers now use a zone design that accounts for more than one person in the kitchen at a time. This creates multiple cooking areas. Separate cook tops & ovens and sometimes they will install two sinks, one for prep and the other for clean-up.

There are several basic design layouts/floor plans:

  • Single Wall
  • Galley Kitchens
  • L-shaped Kitchens
  • U-shaped Kitchens
  • Kitchens with Islands
  • Kitchens with a Peninsula
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • I would recommend reviewing the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) guidelines. They were developed to maximize the functionally and safety in the kitchen. These kitchen guidelines provide recommendations for dishwasher placement, proper distances between doors/cabinets, countertop areas, etc. These are a great help in ensuring you have enough clearance/space where needed. Besides the kitchen layout, the other components of the kitchen that require consideration are:

  • Cabinets
  • Hardware
  • Countertops
  • Sink/faucet
  • Backsplash
  • Lighting
  • Flooring
  • Pantry/Storage
  • Appliances

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    Building Tip

    "Every kitchen should have a large pantry designed into it. A pantry provides LOTS of storage at a low cost! Consider placing it in the corner of the kitchen."

    Kitchen corner pantry

    The corner pantry provides a tremendous amount of storage compare to corner cabinets and it is more easily accessible.


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