Design your kitchen around a work triangle, formed by the location of the fridge, sink, and range
By: Roger King
There are five basic kitchen layouts: one-wall, gallery. U-shaped, L-shaped, and G-shaped. Each has its challenges and advantages. Whether you are reconfiguring existing space or adding on, the floor plan plays a large role in how well the room will function. And while a kitchen addition to an outside wall of the house offers the best possibilities for unencumbered floor space, it is the costliest option.
One way to save money is to restrict your addition to a bump out of 3 feet or less. This doesnít necessarily require a new foundation, and it limits the need for a new roof. Consult an architect or builder, first, to make sure the existing structure is sound and can carry the additional load.
Remember to inquire about local zoning ordinances before proceeding with your plans. However you choose to proceed, any kitchen of any size requires a thoughtful arrangement of all its elements to make it both highly functional and efficient.
After all, this is where we grab our first cup of coffee, pencil appointments in our calendars, open the mail, and pay the bill. Itís where we help the kids with homework. And, whether we like it or not, itís where the party ends up.