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Kitchen Floor Plans and Layouts: Practical Floor Plan Layouts for Functional Home Kitchens | Kitchen Floor Plans and Layouts
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The best kitchen layouts grow out of your home, your life, your family, and the way you use your kitchen. It can be frustrating and difficult to come up with good kitchen floor plans, let alone the best plan, but even if you later decide to use a KD (kitchen designer), time spent working on your own layout ideas and gathering information is never wasted. The more information you have, and the more you have thought about the possibilities and what you want, the better you ll be able to work with a designer.
You can start creating kitchen layouts in several different ways.
From a what s got to fit point of view, you might already know that you want specific appliances (a huge 48 pro-style range, or side-by-side all-fridge and all-freezer appliances) or a specific cabinet range (which may limit your positioning choices).
From a workflow point of view, you can use either the classic work triangle method (dating from the 1950 s but still useful for a smaller or one-cook kitchen) or the work centers or zones method, where each type of task revolves around a specific area and set of equipment cooking around the range in a cooking zone, for example.
Placing your refrigerator, sink and range in any arrangement within your kitchen layout will naturally result in a work triangle it can t do anything else! Your job is to optimize the triangle so that it makes the best use of your space. Here are some things to think about:
Since the work triangle was proposed in the 1950 s many more possible appliances have been created, and nowadays kitchens can have more than one of some appliances, and often more than one cook. The work triangle is often not enough to describe how a modern kitchen will function.
Adding more cooks to a single work triangle means that they will often get in each others way. Adding more appliances (extra sink, one or more dishwashers, separate cooktop and oven, microwave oven, etc.) adds extra work stations and one simple triangle can t design around them.
The idea used to solve these design problems is work zones or work centers.
A work center or zone pulls everything equipment, appliances, materials needed to do a certain type of task into the same area. The three major zones are:
Depending on how you cook and eat, you could have other work zones as well:
and more. Visit the Work Centers article for more details on work center or work zone planning .
There are four basic kitchen floor plans.
The simplest kitchen layout is laid out along a single wall.
Two parallel walls give you a galley kitchen an efficient and economical layout (especially for a single cook) with the possible drawback of traffic flow through the work triangle.
U-shaped kitchens have cabinets and/or appliances on three sides of the room, while L-shaped kitchens occupy two sides at right angles to each other. Both of these can be outside the main traffic flow paths, depending on where the doors to the room are placed.
A peninsula or island can be added to any of these basic shapes to improve work flow, protect the work area from traffic, and add storage and counter space.
Visit the individual pages for more details on these kitchen layouts:
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When you re planning a kitchen remodeling project, you may or may not want to change the floor plan.
In a minor remodel, or makeover, you normally change only the finishes, and perhaps swap out appliances for new ones, so the kitchen layout doesn t change.
However, for many folks, the whole point of remodeling the kitchen is to get a different floor plan perhaps because there are too many cooks tripping over each other in a small work triangle, or because other additions and changes to the house will change the flow through the kitchen, or even because the kitchen is still laid out like it was 1910! For whatever reason, if you re going to change the floor plan, getting it sorted out before you start remodeling is absolutely key to a successful project.
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