The best laid plans

There are many ways to include comfort, practicality and style in your kitchen but before you begin looking through different design options for your dream kitchen, you have to first decide what the function of the space is.

Do you live for cooking or cook to live?  Does everyone always end up in the kitchen when you have friends and family over, or is the kitchen the central point that all household activities radiate from?  Well, the answer to these questions is your starting point for your dream kitchen.

Once you’ve got that sorted, choose the most appropriate floor plan, which we’ve outlined below, and go from there.  If you just don’t know how or where to start, then discuss your ideas with a professional like Larian.

Island floor plan

Island kitchen

An island is a handy option if space permits.  If you’re unsure about dimensions then consult an expert to make sure that there is sufficient area and that aisles are compliant to regulation width.  Apart from allowing access from all angles, an island is useful for extra bench space and storage; can accommodate a sink and cook top and oven; can be an eating area; and act as a bit of a barrier to guests crowding your workspace.

L-shaped floor plan

L shape kitchen

The L-shaped floor plan utilises two walls in the kitchen providing optimal bench space, particularly if the cook top and sink are in the corner of the ‘L’, while maximising storage with the use of overhead cupboards on both walls as well.

A variation of an L-shape floor plan is a long counter along one wall and a shorter counter that extends into the middle of the kitchen that is anchored at the wall.  This is a good option when the kitchen isn’t quite big enough for an island.

U-shaped floor plan

U shape kitchen

With a U-shaped floor plan, there are three sides to your kitchen full of storage and bench space but it’s not suitable for people to move through it or park themselves in it for a chat while you work, however they do serve a functional purpose in some instances.

Galley floor plan

Galley kitchen

When space is limited, a galley floor plan is ideal.  It utilises two parallel work surfaces that make it easy to move between workstations.

Single-wall floor plan

Single wall kitchen

When there’s very little area, a one wall kitchen is the best use of space.  If that’s the case it’s a good idea to have the sink in the middle with the fridge on one side and a stove/oven combined unit on the other.


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