The Kitchen Layout Alphabet

The modern kitchen layout has developed along side the concept of a modern kitchen—which emphasizes an open plan.  Instead of the kitchen being a small, isolated room in the back of the house, it is now center stage.  The modern kitchen is expected to perform with much more versatility than that humble food prep and storage room of yesteryear.

Kitchen configurations most requested by our Washington DC metro area clients are, in order of frequency, the  L, U and G-shapes.    The L, U, and G-shaped layouts work well for larger kitchens that include an island or bar seating and require a variety of task areas.  The direction the designer takes with the shape of the layout is determined by how it needs to relate to the adjacent rooms and corridors.  Following are examples of each layout type.

Example of an L-shaped kitchen layout in Chevy Chase Maryland

L-SHAPED KITCHEN WITH ISLAND BAR SEATING AND PREP SINK

 

Example of a U-shaped kitchen layout in Bethesda Maryland

U-SHAPED LAYOUT WITH BAR SEATING RIGHT AND OPEN WALL TO BREAKFAST ROOM (OUT OF FRAME RIGHT)

 

Example of a modified G-shaped kitchen layout in Washington DC

MODIFIED G-SHAPED LAYOUT SHOWS A LONG SEATING BAR RUNNING DIAGONALLY OFF THE RIGHT WALL

 The Best Kitchen Layout

Setting aside the functional requirements of the kitchen itself, the best layout is the one seamlessly blends with the physical characteristics of the space.  In other words, the room size and its relationship to adjoining rooms and the location of interior and exterior doors and windows will determine a layout that best defines task areas and circulation patterns.

 

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