Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

With most home remodeling projects, there is a myriad of decisions to make.  In addition, the homeowner's choices are virtually endless.  One of these decisions is whether to use a professional kitchen/bath designer, or not.

The KitchenWright believes professional designers add a significant amount of value to a kitchen or bath renovation.  With that bias out in the open, a few tangible reasons for using a professional designer are listed below.  Hopefully, these will provide better understanding of the benefits a professional designer brings to remodeling projects.

  • Redesigning a kitchen possesses a number of special challenges.  Choices made throughout the project are both expensive and permanent.  When complete, the homeowner wants the kitchen to meet their needs, flow properly, and look as envisioned. A professional designer is trained to understand a client's vision and translate the vision into a well-functioning space.  A designer's expertise ensures the end result matches the desired style, works effectively, and meets unique needs.
  • Kitchen and bath designers often reduce costs by using more efficient cabinet layouts, awareness of lower cost options, and avoiding expensive corrections or repairs to a poor design.
  • A professional designer is knowledgeable in kitchen and bath planning guidelines.  Following these guidelines ensures meeting local building codes and safety regulations and makes the space more functional for the homeowner.  Two examples include designing sufficient countertop space next to cooking surfaces and knee space for island seating areas.
  • The space being redesigned may create design challenges ... numerous doorways or angled walls.  Professional designers are trained to develop various options for complex spaces that achieve the desired functionality and aesthetics.
  • Professional designers work with homeowners to consider all the details of a project.  This includes developing the necessary drawings, paying attention to lighting and electrical requirements, and choosing cabinet hardware and finishes to enhance the final design.

While the above items are not an exhaustive list, a professional designer provides valuable assistance in creating an attractive space to meet needs, maximizing the project's budget, and solving problems encountered throughout the project. 


Kitchen layouts come in an almost endless variety.  However, almost all layouts are derived from one of five basic designs.  Each layout is designed to create an efficient work triangle … the path between the three primary work stations in the kitchen – food storage, food preparation/cooking, and clean-up.  The five basic layouts and the associated benefits for each are detailed below.

  1. L-Shaped Kitchen is created by running cabinets along two adjacent walls.  There are a number of benefits to an L-shaped layout, including
    • Very flexible design allowing appliances to be placed in a variety of locations
    • Efficient work area with the three stations in close proximity to each other
    • Ideal for large families or entertaining as it can open to a table or nearby room, making it easy for the cook to interact with guests.
    On the downside, this layout is not well-suited for small spaces.

  2. A Galley Kitchen consists of cabinets on two parallel walls.  This layout is the most efficient as it allows plenty of room for preparation and moving between the various kitchen work stations can be as easy as turning around.

    This layout is great for smaller kitchens, keeps the appliances close to one another, and makes cooking easy.  On the downside, the work triangle is in the traffic pattern, unless one end is closed off.  You also need to ensure at least 4 feet of space between the cabinets.  This ensures doors/drawers can be open on each side of the room at the same time.

  3. U-Shaped Kitchens are another versatile layout.  Using three walls in the kitchen, the work stations can be spaced throughout to provide convenience and efficiency.  Benefits include providing an abundance of countertop storage space, a dead-end design does not interrupt work spaces, and the layout is ideal for people who use their kitchens frequently.  The layout’s shortcomings can include not being ideal for entertaining or accommodating multiple cooks.

  4. G-Shaped Kitchens are very similar to U-shaped, using three walls of the kitchen.  The key difference is the addition of a peninsula or partial fourth wall that includes additional cabinets and countertop space.  Benefits are similar to a U-shaped kitchen, including plenty of storage, long, contiguous countertops, and the ability to convert one leg of cabinets into a breakfast bar.  This layout can often accommodate multiple cooks in the kitchen.

  5. Single Wall Kitchen has cabinets and appliances lining one wall.  It is a simple solution for narrow rooms or small kitchen spaces.  Typically, the sink is located in the middle of the wall, with the refrigerator and stove on each side.  While it is the most space-saving layout, it is the least efficient, requiring the cook to walk from one end of the room to the other.

This is the final installment of options to better organize your kitchen.  Read on for more information on wastebaskets and knife storage.

Wastebasket Pullout: How many times do you wish to hide your kitchen wastebasket?  You can hide it.  In almost all of our kitchen designs, we include Wastebasket Pull-out.  Placing the wastebasket inside a cabinet keeps it readily accessible, while making it invisible when not in use.  This pullout typically has two wastebaskets … one for trash and one for recycling.  This accessory can also be incorporated in other cabinets in your home, including the laundry room, office, and bar cabinets.

Knife Storage:  Have you ever reached into a cabinet drawer and gotten stabbed by one of the knives stored there?  Accessories are available to solve your knife storage … keeping them organized, covering their sharp edges / points, and preventing damage to other utensils in the drawer.


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