If you’ve ever bumped into your family members as you try to cook, or if you find that you simply don’t like the way your kitchen looks, then you would likely benefit from investing in a remodel. As one of the most frequently used rooms in your home, it’s important to have a kitchen that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Many homeowners find themselves overwhelmed by the amount of planning required to remodel a kitchen, so in today’s post, we’re going to outline a few of the most important considerations involved in a typical full-kitchen remodel.
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Kitchen Remodeling Considerations
The Kitchen Triangle
When you’re designing a kitchen, it’s important to give special attention to the kitchen triangle, a very basic, but highly important, design concept. Think about how you regularly cook your meals and move throughout your kitchen — does a certain pattern of movement come to mind? If your home was developed in the last 15 or 20 years, you probably move between the sink, the stove, and the fridge frequently; this is the kitchen triangle. The concept motivating the kitchen triangle is efficiency — the main tasks in the kitchen involve the sink, stove, and fridge, so it makes sense for these areas to be arranged in a way that minimizes wasted time.
Now that you’re familiar with one of the most basic kitchen design principles, you need to begin thinking about your ideal kitchen layout. There are several options to choose from, including, but not limited to:
- Galley: As you might expect, a galley kitchen takes its inspiration from the tight quarters found in old shipping vessels. With parallel counters that provide you with easy access to everything in the kitchen, many homeowners find galley kitchens to be an efficient and tidy layout.
- L-Shape: The L-shape is one of the most popular kitchen designs you’ll find in contemporary homes. With cabinets that form something close to a right angle, you’ll find that an L-shaped design is a natural way of adhering to the kitchen triangle. Another great aspect of the L-shape is that it can be used in both large and small kitchens.
- Double-L: The double-L design takes the L-shape and adds another workstation, usually in a kitchen island. The island generally includes fixtures such as a sink and stove top, making it ideal for couples and families who enjoy cooking together.
- U-Shape: The U-shape is ideal for those who are looking for an open-yet-efficient kitchen layout. U-shaped kitchens, as the name suggests, wrap around the kitchen in the form of a semicircle. With plenty of room in the center, you can easily install a kitchen island or purchase a small dining table for the space. It’s important to note that U-shaped kitchens also provide a large amount of cabinet space due to their expansive layout, making them ideal for households with children.
Cabinetry and Countertops
After you’ve chosen a kitchen layout that accommodates your needs and lifestyle, you need to consider the countertops and cabinetry you’ll use in your new kitchen. If you’re looking for a kitchen design that doesn’t require a significant amount of planning, you may want to go with stock cabinetry. At Affordable Granite & Cabinetry Outlet, we carry gorgeous stock cabinetry that can add elegance, sophistication, and functionality to your new kitchen. From modern, minimalist kitchens to opulent and traditional kitchens, you’re sure to find something that you love in our showroom.
If you’re looking for cabinetry that’s already been designed but also meets your specific needs, then semi-custom cabinetry is likely to be exactly what you’re looking for. For those who are looking for a way to truly personalize their kitchen, we offer a wide range of custom cabinets that allow you to customize everything from the finish to the handles.
Once you’ve chosen the cabinetry you’ll be using in your new kitchen, you’ll also need to choose countertops that complement the design you’re hoping to achieve. While there are a number of materials to choose from, we recommend granite for its beauty and its durability. At Affordable Granite & Cabinetry Outlet, we offer an exceptional range of granite countertop options. If you’re wondering which color or style of granite would be best for your home, just stop by our showroom in Newburgh to speak with one of our kitchen design experts! We’ll happily help you find the perfect option for your new kitchen.
We hope that this guide has been a useful and informative introduction to the basics of kitchen remodeling. Stay tuned for future posts in which we’ll continue to explain everything you need to know about kitchen remodels.
Affordable Granite & Cabinetry Outlet proudly provides Newburgh and the surrounding areas with exceptional kitchen renovation services, including granite counters and custom cabinets. Whether you have a specific idea in mind or you’re looking for kitchen design help, our team would be more than happy to help you design a kitchen that perfectly meets your needs. Contact us by phone, email, or come by our Newburgh showroom to view our products! We look forward to working with you.