The kitchen is the most renovated room of the home, and it's no wonder since it's considered the heart of a household.
There are four common layouts for kitchen design -- each one suiting different needs of different types of personalities.
The galley, or corridor, kitchen has two straight runs on either side. Typically the sink is on one side and the range is on the other. Because of it's narrow design, this layout is better for those who like to work alone. They appreciate efficiency but tend to tackle projects one-at-a-time, as opposed to multi-tasking.
This design is usually used when space is an issue. All of the appliances and cabinetry are placed against one wall and this layout has very little storage or prep area. It's not ideal for someone that enjoys to cook and sadly, this is the type of kitchen that I have in my apartment (I love to cook).
The L-shaped kitchen has a main wall of cabinets with either the sink or range and a shorter run of cabinets placed in an L-configuration and can be designed with either a wall or an island. If yours consists of a wall, like the galley cook, you like to work alone, but unlike her, you prefer multi-tasking. If the section is an island, you are social, but are usually the one that makes the plans, the leader of the pack if you will. The island opens the kitchen up for guests to conversate with you, but makes it difficult for traffic flow.
This type of layout makes the most of the working triangle principle. All the appliances, storage systems and work areas face each other making it an easy kitchen to work in. It's more open than the others, allowing room for others to be in the kitchen working with you. The U-shaped person likes flexibility, enjoys the company of others, and doesn't like to be alone. She's efficient and organized, and has no problem spending money to fulfill her desires.
Does your kitchen design match your personality? What layout do you have in your home?
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