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Understand the Traffic Flow of Your Home's Kitchen

Understand the Traffic Flow of Your Home’s Kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the busiest areas of your home, with many family members often crowding in at once competing for space. This can lead to a lot of frustration, and even arguments among family members. While many homes have multiple bathrooms to accommodate everyone, it is the rare home that has more than one kitchen. This means that you have to make your kitchen layout work for you and your family.

While updates to the cabinets, flooring and countertops are nice in a kitchen remodel, don’t make the mistake of not considering updates to the layout as well. Designing a kitchen to fit your family and your needs is an important aspect of this type of remodel. Many kitchen remodels can ultimately re-route the traffic flow of the room, making it a more efficient room.

There are many options to choose from when considering a layout for your kitchen. From a kitchen island that allows for a casual dining area to a pantry for additional storage, in most cases your kitchen can be re-designed to your liking.

The variety of kitchen layouts to consider include the following:

  • U-shaped - horseshoe shaped, typically with three walls of cabinets, ideal for an island in the center
  • L-shaped - allows for plenty of space to move around and can easily accommodate a sit-down dining area or breakfast nook.
  • Galley - ideal for a narrow, hallway-like area, cabinets and appliances are on two opposite walls.
  • One-wall - as the name implies, countertops and appliances line one wall, ideal for a very small area.

A kitchen that is suited for your family and your needs is one of the best investments that you can make in your home. According to HGTV a proper remodeled kitchen can return up to 92% return on your investment AND all the while you enjoy your dream kitchen!


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