Kitchen Layouts at Modiani Kitchens

When remodeling your kitchen, it is really important to understand how you currently use your kitchen space and how you would like to use it after the remodel. It might be worth discussing the following kitchen design questions and below high-end kitchen layout options with your designer at Modiani Kitchens. Understanding the way that you move about the kitchen will help you to make the best choices when picking and placing cabinets.

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  • What are the aspects of your kitchen that you wish were different?
  • Do you need a little more space between the island and the sink?
  • Would you like to have more counter space next to the stove?
  • Where would you like your plates to be located?
  • Would you like to reach your cooking spices/ingredients more easily?

Generally, you can choose from a wide variety of kitchen layout options. Whilst the final kitchen layout also depends on the kitchen space available, most of our clients at Modiani Kitchens usually choose from the following layouts: galley kitchen, U-shaped kitchen, L-shaped kitchen and one wall kitchen.

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Galley Kitchen Layout

Although the galley kitchen is not currently trending as one of the most trendy American or Italian kitchen layouts, it continues to be one of the most common layouts chosen when redesigning a luxury kitchen. The layout represents an excellent use of space. Additionally, it presents an ergonomically efficient arrangement of cupboards, sinks, countertops and appliances, facilitating the preparation and cooking of food. Galley kitchen layouts usually have the following characteristics:

  • Single-corridor style
  • Placement of appliances, cabinets, countertops and sinks on either side of the kitchen
  • Implementation of the classic “work triangle”, which consists of the refrigerator, sink and stove
  • Often no integrated dining area since the primary purpose of this design is to enhance the cooking process

U-shaped Kitchen Layout

Kitchens referred to as “U-shaped” incorporate a workspace that is surrounded by three adjoining walls that create a kitchen sizing space of roughly 10 to 19 feet wide. The purpose of a U-shaped kitchen design is to combine eating and cooking in one enclosed area. Traffic flow is eliminated in these types of kitchens because people enter and leave from one side of the kitchen. Here are some more characteristics of a U-shaped kitchen layout:

  • Ability to pivot from the stove to the refrigerator, to the sink and back again in the most time efficient way
  • Ample space for the counter and to place a small to medium-sized traditional or modern kitchen island
  • Enough room for people to hang out while someone is preparing a meal
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L-shaped Kitchen Layout

In recent years, L-shaped kitchens have gained more and more popularity. As the name suggests, this kitchen layout consists of two kitchen walls facing each other at a 90-degree angle and can vary in size, depending on the kitchen space available. Especially when designing kitchens of medium to large size, it seems to be very common to place a kitchen island or kitchen table next to it. Here are some more of the characteristics of an L-shaped kitchen:

  • Usually placed in corners, so the kitchen can be entered from various different angles
  • Easy to implement “work triangle” with the refrigerator, stove and sink in close proximity
  • Ideal for open kitchens with enough room for a seating area

One wall Kitchen Layout

Usually, one wall kitchens are very common for small to very small luxury kitchen spaces in studio apartments or lofts. This type of kitchen layout just consists of one wall, making it a suitable option for kitchen remodeling projects in NYC. As workspace is often limited, it makes sense to evaluate the use of compact kitchen appliances. Should more space be available, including a kitchen island is a way of gaining additional storage and workspace.


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