Open Floor Plans For a Kitchen Design
by Maggie Noble
It is necessary to have an open
floor plan for your kitchen because the kitchen is not just a
place for cooking or dining, but also a meeting place for the
family and even friends. Keeping all of this in mind you need
to prepare a floor plan which gives you enough amount of space
to work around easily.
To prepare the perfect kitchen,
an effective open floor plan is inevitable. Depending on how
you plan to use your kitchen, a layout plan needs to be
prepared. You can always seek assistance of various custom
designs from various resources available.
But the most important aspect of
any open floor plan is the purpose of that area. What are your
cooking styles and also the requirements of the cook needs to
be taken into consideration. A kitchen floor plan that gives a
family an opportunity to spend some valuable time together
while having meals is considered efficacious.
Making the kitchen fit in and
around the available spaces is a task in itself. A robust open
floor plan should be made so that the kitchen doesn't look very
monotonous. There should be a good connection between the
cooking area, the sink and the refrigerator. And this can be
done by allotting maximum work area for the countertop nearing
the former mentioned three areas.
A proper plan for storage
requirements like cabinets, shelves and drawers need to be made
on a professional basis. And here is where interior designers
can be of great help. However, for those who cannot afford this
option, there are innumerable design software available to draw
up plans for your kitchen floors.
While seeking guidance from
experts one often comes across this term used for open floor
plans as "work triangle" which is the usual path of yours when
you move around your kitchen's cooking area, the sink and the
refrigerator. The most well-known of such kitchen triangles are
the L-shape, U-shape, G-shape, the single-wall and the gallery
L-shape: One of the most common
open floor plans, it takes up less space but is very flexible.
It is useful when there is an adjoining area of space next to
U-shape: By placing all three
work areas each on a different wall, the U-shape open floor
plan provides a big storage area.
G-shape: Although it is very
similar to the U-shaped kitchen layout, the only difference is
the addition of the fourth half-wall that can be used for extra
Single-wall or Straight kitchen:
Built for smaller homes, this open floor plan works like a line
by placing all three kitchen zones along one wall.
Gallery or Corridor kitchen: In
this kind of plan, the work stations face each other on
opposite walls thereby creating the kitchen triangle.
It doesn't matter which one of
these plans you choose for your kitchen, you need to however
think about the use of your kitchen and what exactly you want
to do in your kitchen. You need to also determine your
available budget. Only then can you create a perfect open floor
plan that works best for you.
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