The kitchen is one of the most important areas of a house. It is the heart of the modern home being a central hub where people gather, cook, entertain, chat, laugh, pay bills or do homework. The most efficient kitchen is one that meets the needs of the household, from design to functionality.

In terms of layout, most kitchens are still faithful to the “golden triangle” principle of kitchen design, with most used equipment and work areas grouped together to allow the user to operative efficiently and effectively while cooking. Each layout has its pros and cons, and are sometimes suitable for a specific type of space.

  • One-wall layout

This is the ultimate space saver and works best in loft or studio spaces. Everything you need, from cabinets to appliances, is fixed on a single wall but counter space is limited.

  • Galley layout

This layout is ideal for smaller spaces that allow for two walls opposite each other to be used as a kitchen. The design features two parallel countertops with a walkway in between. It is efficient and straightforward, but can only accommodate one cook.

  • L-shaped layout

L-shaped is ideal for maximising corner spaces, often used in small to medium-sized kitchens. It is considered a smart design as it allows for a dining space and multiple work zones to be added. It also encourages socialising and can incorporate multiple cooks.

  • U-shaped layout

This layout is one of the most efficient kitchen designs, combining the one wall and galley layout. One of the problems of this layout is that fitting the sink and dishwasher together or close to each other is sometimes difficult. Further, the layout can only accommodate one cook.

  • G-shaped

This is an improvement from the U-shaped design with a peninsula attached to one end. To maintain efficiency, the peninsula must allow easy access and exit to and from the kitchen.  It is workable for multiple cooks.

Modern kitchens these days, however, call for a design that homeowners can grow old with. They should be designed with consideration for future use of a wheelchair or a time when homeowners are no longer as mobile as before. Other key elements also come into play.

  • High quality products and materials that will support a homeowner’s lifestyle for as long as possible.
  • Appliances that are easy to use and maintain for quicker and more convenient work in the kitchen.

The best kitchen is durable, easy to clean, efficiently designed, functional and aesthetically pleasing taking into account colour and lighting solutions. Speak to professional designers today and have the most suitable kitchen for your household’s needs built in your home.

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