Why I Love My Galley Kitchen

From on November 11, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel

Galley KitchenMy favorite room in the house is the room where I spend a good portion of my waking hours. It is the first thing I think about in the morning, if not the first place I go, and it is my home base within my home. It is where I satisfy my cravings and where I love to work. It is my kitchen.

You see, I love food…and everything that goes with it. Buying it, chopping it, frying it, simmering, baking, pouring, bringing-to-a-boil, and yes, even cleaning (washing dishes is somehow therapeutic for me). So naturally, it follows that I would love the kitchen. With that in mind, if there is anything that I can do to make my kitchen better...for me and all others who experience it…then By Martha I’m going to do it (or at least dream about doing it).

Over the years I have moved in and out of several kitchens, and have had plenty of time to be inspired regarding my perfect kitchen. While I don’t yet have it, I am getting ever closer (although I’m still young enough to go through several more rounds of inspiration). For now I am all about, in favor of, and 100 percent for the galley kitchen. For several reasons:

  1. I am, admittedly, not the best multi-tasker. Therefore, the further I have to move to get an ingredient, the more likely I am to screw it up. I enjoy galley kitchens because everything I need is within arm’s reach. And I assemble and organize my galley kitchen with accessibility front-and-center in my mind.
  2. Counter space is vital to my success in the kitchen. Galley kitchens maximize counter space with long stretches of open countertop; plenty of room for laid-out ingredients and all the necessary utensils.
  3. Cabinets, lots of room for cabinets. I have cabinets above and below, maximizing whatever storage space is available. I prefer cabinets run all the way to the ceiling. It cuts down on difficult dusting and gives plenty of room for the stuff I use infrequently but just can’t part with. It’s also a good spot for seasonal stuff – mason jars, Christmas/holiday stuff, etc.

These are just a few things I have been inspired to do, or inspired by, in my kitchen – my favorite room in the house. I’m sure you have a favorite kitchen in mind for yourself as well. I know that kitchen remodels are big remodels – even daunting. Just let me say that a complete overhaul is not necessary. Even moderate remodeling can enhance your life considerably.

A big part of an enjoyable kitchen is atmosphere. Sure the cabinets or countertops may not be ideal, but a new face or a new, decorative backsplash may be just the freshness you need. Enjoy music? Build a shelf or wall mount for your TV or stereo. The fact is, regardless of its level of perfection, the kitchen will always be my favorite room in the house (I have no plans to stop eating) and I’ll continue to do anything I can, large or small, to improve it (such as making room for rug-rats…).

The galley kitchen above was remodeled by Delta Builders.