When renovating a kitchen, considering it’s layout is an important factor for both its design and function. The layout of a kitchen will determine just how much, or how little, cabinet and benchspace will be made available, and in addition, how the working triangle will be placed, thereby determining the effectiveness of traffic flow within the kitchen.
Unless the kitchen area is large or renovating the living area of a home by removing an existing wall surrounding the area of the kitchen, the size of the area available will determine what layouts are an option. There are of course ways in which a renovator can be creative when planning the layout of a kitchen. One such example is making use of as much vertical storage as possible and placing the island on an angle to enable better traffic flow. However, the existing walls and area of a kitchen will limit certain layout options.
A good example of such limitations is the popular kitchen island. Kitchen islands are extremely popular because they not only look amazing, but can be used as an extra workspace, providing additional base cabinet storage and informal dining. Although, not all kitchens have an area large enough to effectively accommodate an island without crowding the kitchen area and narrowing the traffic areas.
The G shaped kitchen is a very popular layout as it perfect for families, ideal for entertaining and works extremely well within the existing layout of the majority of homes.
A G shaped kitchen follows the same layout as the popular U shaped kitchen but has the addition of an extra bench and cabinets by way of a peninsula island that provides an extra workspace area, cabinet storage and is ideal as informal dining. A peninsula island is similar to what was called a breakfast bar but rather than being simply a bench with legs, has base cabinets as well.
The peninsula island is ideal for those who desire an island bench but do not have an area large enough to accommodate one. It adds extra cabinet and bench space, provides informal dining and area for guests to gather whilst the host is cooking. With the addition of pendant lighting, the peninsula island can also be a stunning feature.
The G shaped layout uses every possible space available in the kitchen which enables the ultimate amount of cabinet space providing plenty of storage for all kitchen items. The addition of undercabinet lighting creates a feature within the kitchen and helps to prevent the room from appearing closed in. This is particularly helpful in smaller sized kitchens or if the window area limited.
Benchspace is in abundance in a G shaped kitchen providing plenty of working areas for multiple cooks to work in the kitchen at the same time. Considering a contrasting or elaborate splashback adds character to this layout and creates an effective feature between the wall and base cabinetry.
There is room to move in a G shaped kitchen allowing easy traffic flow which is perfect for large families and ideal when entertaining. Careful placement of the working triangle elements should be considered so that these working areas are close enough, but not too close to enable multiple people in the kitchen at the same time.
The G shaped layout is perfect for units and small homes as the working triangle can be separated more effectively allowing a larger area for movement within the kitchen.
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