Kitchen Style May 05, 2017. The disadvantage of galley or L-shaped kitchens in comparison to U-shaped kitchens, of course, comes down to space. U-shaped kitchens by their nature generally are larger and provide more space for cooking, cleaning, food preparation and storage. In most U-shaped kitchens, these elements are separated into distinct zones.
Kitchen Style May 14, 2017. A hallmark of U-shaped kitchen design is its full use of three adjacent walls. Other kitchen designs—like L-shapes and galley kitchens, for example—use only two walls. This may, in some cases, increase the efficiency of these designs—in a galley kitchen, which consists of two parallel walls with a narrow corridor between them, cooks may simply need to pivot 180 degrees in order to access cooking features, then do an about-face to turn their attention to cleaning.
Kitchen Style May 16, 2017. If you're designing a small galley kitchen or looking to remodel an existing one, it's likely that job one for you will be to maximize the space you have to work with. Kitchen lore states that the ideal width of a galley kitchen aisle is approximately 4 to 6 feet—but whether your small galley kitchen is dead on with that measurement or even smaller, you can create a more efficient space and also add design features that can expand the area visually.
Kitchen Style October 07, 2017. U-shaped kitchens are often a preference of homeowners with a larger kitchen space; they require three adjacent walls, and many homeowners use the space in the middle to feature a kitchen island, perfect for food preparation and extra storage. Because of their larger design and luxurious utility, U-shaped kitchen layouts are favorites of homeowners looking for a large, functional and attractive kitchen space that can be used for cooking and cleaning as well as for conversation and gathering.
Kitchen Style May 19, 2017. Often, the cleaning features of a U-shaped kitchen will be located on the external-facing wall—or the "bottom of the U." One side wall will generally be dedicated to cooking features—the range and any other smaller ovens will generally be located here. This side wall will also usually feature storage elements in the form of cabinets and drawers. The opposite side wall will generally feature more storage, including the refrigerator, freezer and any other food storage elements.
Kitchen Island May 08, 2017. Though the end result of a kitchen island-table combo may look simple enough, it requires a degree of finesse to pull off the look. First, determine just how much extra storage and countertop space is needed to make the island itself as efficient as possible.
Sinks May 11, 2017. Isley steers clients away from brass finishes. "[Brass] works well for a low-use area, but in a high-use area like a kitchen, I'd rather use chrome, polished nickel, brushed nickel or pewter. The new bronze finish is also very popular," he says. Before making the final decision, Isley suggests a trip to the local plumbing showroom to get a feel for how a sink and faucet will function.
Kitchen Style May 13, 2017. Accessories like cookware, containers and other storage options similarly tend to reflect a countrified, down-home theme. Straightforward flatware designs may feature rustic wooden handles. Mason and other traditional canning jars may be used for storage, reflecting the historical traditions from which farmhouse kitchen design grew.