From Margaret on December 9th, 2011 in Kitchen Remodel
The kitchen seems a straightforward thing. It’s a place to cook. Entertain. You have a refrigerator, a stove. Often a dishwasher. Food comes in, food gets served.
But it’s not as simple as that, of course. Especially if you’re looking at your existing kitchen that your home may have come with, and reconsidering how you can create the exact kitchen you want. Perhaps you’re doing a full kitchen remodel, and have no idea what kind of kitchen will benefit you the most.
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Take note of the following wonderful kitchens, and why they rank up with our favorites.
The Galley Kitchen
If you like to be surrounded by your cooking, and prefer the kitchen to be a more private entity from the rest of the house, then a galley kitchen may be for you. A narrow layout flanked by floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinets on either side, is a classic. It’s also a perfect choice where space is limited. If you want the sleek, narrow set-up, but not a kitchen stuffed into a dead end, consider a corridor kitchen, which is basically a galley kitchen that opens on each end.
The shape is a classic. Modern galley kitchens were inspired by the narrow, vertical layout that was created for efficiency in the small setting of military ships. This classic layout can be modernized to fit today’s lifestyles and desires for more streamlined, open spaces. And sometimes, the galley layout can look entirely new and never-been-done-before with some simple tweaking of details.
The G-Shaped Kitchen
Conveniently in a corner yet open and spacious, the G-shaped, or peninsula kitchen, is a great choice. If you have an existing U-shaped kitchen and are looking to remodel, then you can consider putting an island along part of the opening.
Kitchen islands can do so many things—you could add a second oven, a dishwasher, a wine cellar, and even a technology and cookbook storage area. You could add a range hood. You could add seating and create a breakfast nook. Or maybe you want to go simple and add a long farmhouse table for work and eating space.
What are your top picks for small kitchen ideas? Let me know in the comments!
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