Choose the Right Kitchen Layout for Your Lifestyle
How do you envision life in your kitchen? Is it a multifunctional space for work, family time, and entertainment? Is it a chef’s paradise? With Factor Design Build, your dream kitchen can truly become your reality!
No matter the layout, a functional flow to fit your personal needs is a necessity. Your vision should start with the placement of your kitchen’s “work triangle.” The work triangle consists of your kitchen’s three main appliances: the sink, the refrigerator, and stove or cooktop. This is the area where the majority of the movement in your kitchen takes place and it’s most often placed away from the main traffic flow.
Consider some of the most common kitchen layouts:
Galley kitchens are flanked by two parallel work areas and tend to be the most compact of all kitchen layouts. This layout is ideal for smaller spaces, often designed with efficiency in mind.
L-shaped kitchens are formed by two perpendicular walls and look great with the addition of a large island. Islands can be custom designed with ample food prep space, seating, and can also feature a beautiful, statement countertop. A natural work triangle can be easily achieved with this layout choice which can accommodate multiple cooks.
U-shaped kitchens are a functional layout choice for families who love entertaining and cooking together. This spacious layout makes storage of countertop appliances a breeze while minimizing kitchen work zone traffic, making the food prep process more calm and linear.
G-shaped kitchen layouts are a great choice for homes with a spacious floor plan. This design offers the most counter and cabinet space of all the layouts and creates the opportunity for counter-side seating. A separate desk area functions well with this design.
Outfit Your Floor
If your remodel includes kitchen flooring, functionality is the most essential factor to consider. Since the kitchen is a high-traffic area be sure to take into consideration the type of floor that makes the most sense for your space. Durable flooring options include stone, tile, vinyl, and wood laminate, while the most ergonomic and foot-friendly flooring options include bamboo, cork, and wood.
Going for a contemporary look? Concrete is a multi-functional, durable, and moisture resistant option with a number of finishing options. For a more classic look, tile is a low maintenance choice with many decorative designs to choose from. If you’re looking for a surefire way to increase the value of your home, traditional, solid wood flooring is a warm, attractive option.
Illuminate Your Space
Adequate lighting is essential in the kitchen. When considering your kitchen remodel, take into account the kind of atmosphere you wish to create. There are many options to choose from when it comes to lighting. Ceiling lights can efficiently cast over broad spaces. Under-cabinet lights are functional both day and night. Pendant lights are great over your kitchen island or workspace.
The best kitchen designs maximize the use of natural light wherever possible. The flow of natural light is best implemented with specific design techniques. For example, lowering the height of a windowsill to be even with your countertop creates a greater feeling of openness in your space.
Add Your Personal Style
When updating your kitchen, incorporate your personal flair into your design. Opportunities to add personality to your kitchen remodel are everywhere. From custom cabinets and floating shelves to designer appliances, backsplashes, and funky fixtures— once you decide on the essential basics of your kitchen remodel, inject your creativity into the interior design.
Bring Your Vision to Life
At Factor Design Build, our full-service team of experts includes architects, carpenters, interior designers, and project managers, all here to support your goals. We listen to your vision, analyze your space, and guide you through all phases of your kitchen design and remodel process, delivering results on time and on budget. With over 30 years of combined experience, we’ve worked on kitchen remodels of all scopes. No matter the age of your home, stage of your plans, or size of your budget, Factor Design Build is here to help breathe new life into your space.