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* G-Shaped Kitchen - this type of kitchen shape is becoming very popular, and it gives you a fourth wall to use. The G-shape can be used if you have more than one cook in house. This fourth wall section can be used for a counter, island and storage space.
With this kitchen layout you can have two sinks, perhaps two cooktops or two ranges. You could have two working triangles -- one for sink, cook top or range and refrigerator and a second working triangle with another sink, built-in grill and cooktop. It allows two cooks to do different things at same time and entertain large groups of people.
* Single-Wall Kitchen - if you do not have much space, you may only be able to have an I-shaped kitchen. No problem. Just be sure sink is placed between refrigerator and stove. Locate refrigerator so that refrigerator door opens away from kitchen sink. This is a very common arrangement for small kitchens in narrow spaces.
* Galley-Shaped Kitchen - this type of kitchen design is more common in apartments or in homes where space is limited -- it is often called corridor style. The kitchen cabinets and appliances can be located on opposite walls for better work flow -- place range or cooktop on one side of kitchen along one wall and refrigerator and sink on opposite wall.
To eliminate traffic issues in this type of kitchen design, one entry is often closed off. This type of layout should only be used by one cook. If you want to maintain both exits, place refrigerator near end of galley kitchen for easy access -- this way, your family and friends can reach refrigerator without interfering with person who is cooking.
If you need extra storage in galley kitchen, install tall kitchen cabinets that go all way to ceiling. Wall storage is crucial -- buy a stepladder to use when you need to reach upper shelf of cabinets, and place items you use less frequently on upper shelves.
By understanding kitchen work triangle concept and how you want your kitchen to function, you’ll be more likely to create kind of kitchen you’ve always wanted. Today, kitchens are often viewed as hub of home as well as a social center for family and friends. Planning your kitchen can be a challenge, but rewards you’ll receive are very much worth time and effort.
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