October Monthly Home Inspiration- Kitchen Layouts

Kitchen Layouts

The layout of the kitchen is important because it will determine how functional the space can be and how it can be best utilized. The layout should create what is called a “work triangle”, which is where the stove/cook top, refrigerator, and sink create a triangle within the kitchen. This concept is used to determine efficient layouts for the kitchen that are both aesthetic and functional.

This idea obviously works better with some layouts than others. For example, this can be very difficult to achieve in a single wall kitchen because all of the appliances are located along that one wall. Also, some homes may be better suited for some layouts better than others.

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Single Wall Kitchen

The single wall kitchen layout is most commonly used in apartments and in smaller homes. In larger spaces, an island will usually accompany the single run of cabinets. This type of layout is also commonly seen in a more contemporary style.

This design is best used in a combined kitchen and dining area where wall space is limited. The table can also double as an additional prep space. One of the flaws with this option is that unless the appliances are streamlined and integrated, it can look rather cluttered. Other than that it is by far the most simplistic.

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Galley Kitchen

Galley kitchens are commonly found in older homes and apartments. The open concept trend has made the galley kitchen a less desirable option. However, they are still perfect for more narrow and awkward kitchens because it makes the most out of the available space.

This layout is all about the cooking and prepping aspect of the kitchen and less about socializing and dining. They are one of the most functional options, unfortunately they also tend to be dark and can feel slightly claustrophobic without any natural light. It is important to take this into consideration in order to have a successful design.

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U-Shape Kitchen

This layout allows for a lot of flexibility within the design. Things can be moved and rearranged to allow for better functionality overall. This works well in both large and small spaces. If the space permits then a table or island can be included in the center for more work space or dining needs.

U-shaped kitchens can be easily placed adjacent to other living areas, such as dining and living rooms. This allows for a distinct separation while still allowing a connection and a site line to those spaces. On the other hand, if not done well then this kitchen can seem rather bulky.

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L-Shape Kitchen

With the open concept idea becoming more popular, this layout has naturally followed. It lends itself very well to most size kitchens. By positioning all of the taller units together, such as the refrigerator, pantry, and oven cabinets, then it will allow the space to feel more open.

This layout is very easily adaptable. It is very open, accessible, stylish, and social. It allows room for either a table or an island in the center. Unfortunately, fitting everything in while maintaining functionality can sometimes be a challenge.

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Kitchen with Peninsula

The peninsula is the perfect way to add some extra storage, seating, or prep area without needing more wall space to place cabinetry. The short span mimics all the benefits of an island, but takes up less floor space.

The peninsula tends to be an addition or an extension of one of the main layouts that is described above. It is most commonly added to L-shaped, galley, or single wall kitchens.

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Kitchen with Island

A kitchen with an island has quickly become the most desired layout for a kitchen. It tends to be the most open of all of the layouts, which means there is very little separation between rooms.

Islands can also house sinks, appliances, and other things that would not fit in the main part of the kitchen. A design that includes the use on an island will be very social. It is the perfect kitchen to entertain because it allows the person preparing the food to socialize.

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September Monthly Home Inspiration- Mudrooms

Mudroom Inspiration

The mudroom is a room in the home that acts as a transition space into the rest of the house. It will normally be a space that is used to store shoes, jackets, bags, and sports equipment. This room used to consist of a bench and some hooks mounted on the wall for coats and other hang-able items.

The room has now become so much more. It is still a room meant for functionality, but now that has expanded to include the overall aesthetics. The mudroom is now a sought after feature in most homes. People crave clean, organized, and beautiful spaces, which is everything this space should be.

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The Evolution

Times change, and the spaces we live in have to change right along with them. People today lead much more hectic, busy lives than in years past. It makes sense that functionality and organization would become a priority for anyone leading this lifestyle.

The days of a simple bench and some hooks are over. Beautiful built-in cabinetry resides in many mudroom designs. This allows for things to be hidden from sight and properly put away. There are normally cubbies or drawers for shoes and shelving for other miscellaneous items. A built-in bench is present as well, which makes the whole space feel more permanent and grounded.

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Pet Friendly

No home is truly complete without the companionship of a four-legged, furry friend. Unfortunately, those furry friends will often bring some unwanted messes along with them. The mudroom is the perfect place for a solution to this problem.

If the room is large enough then a mudroom can become the perfect multi-use space! It is becoming more and more popular to place a dog wash area in the mudroom. This makes cleaning up after your pets so much easier. No more muddy paw prints through the house!

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Office Combination

Another great way to make the most out of this space is to incorporate another function! Most people have the need for some type of office space, but they may not need an entirely separate room for that purpose. A mudroom and an office are the perfect combination.

This creates a small space out of the way to house computers, printers, office supplies, and important family paperwork. Every house has these and this solution keeps the stuff from cluttering up other areas of the home. Because the mudroom is a transition space into the home it will also be semi-private, unless people are coming and going.

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Laundry Room

Another way to maximize the space in a mudroom would be to incorporate the laundry in that same space or an adjacent space. This has become the most popular option because many homes do not have the space for an expansive laundry area. It also allows the area to be accessible and located in a convenient area of the home.

Laundry rooms were not always glorified and Pinterest worthy spaces. Most commonly “laundry rooms” were located in the basement of the home, which is not a place where people want to spend a lot of time. This configuration allows the best of both worlds.

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Mini Blog- Kitchen Storage & Organization Continued

Functionality is so important when it comes to designing a kitchen. It helps to create a space that is stress-free, easy-to-use, and organized. Cabinets have come a long way with the addition of new inserts that help to increase the functionality in any kitchen.

One of the most common things that can be found in kitchens today are roll-outs! These can be found in the form of trays and so much more! They help to make the most out of the space by allowing for easy access to the entire cabinet, therefore nothing is out of reach. Roll-outs are also designed specifically to house spices, utensils, and other items that are often stored ineffectively. This creates a more organized atmosphere and makes it easier to locate specific items without the need to search extensively.

Small appliances have become very common in kitchens today. There seems to be an infinite number of them and some can be used multiple times daily, which makes it crucial that they are easily accessible. However, no one has infinite space on their counter tops and many people prefer to have their appliances out of sight. There are a few different ways to address this dilemma. If counter space is no issue then an appliance garage would keep them out of sight while still in arms reach. A solution that is unique to the large Kitchen Aid mixer that everyone seems to have on the counter top is a mixer pull-up. This allows the mixer, its accessories, and other miscellaneous things to be stored out of sight.

Lastly, it is always the small things that make the biggest difference. For example, a built-in organizer for baking sheets, pans, and trays keeps everything organized and easy to find. This helps to make the most use out of the space. Another small modification can be done to the area on the side of the cabinet, which can then be used for a message center, keys, and other small objects. The one that will make the most difference is the drawer organizer. This will keep all like silverware and utensils in the proper place. It will ensure that everything is neat and easy to locate.

With today’s advancements and technology there are so many different ways to make a more functional kitchen. This blog focuses on only a few of the various mechanisms that bring order to the chaos. It is important to pay attention to how you use your kitchen because what might work for someone else will not work for you and while the new gadgets can be alluring, they are also not always necessary. Keep in mind what is most important to you when you’re designing your dream kitchen.

July Home Inspiration- Simple Ways to Update the Home

Most homes today are in serious need of cosmetic updates. There is so much work to be done and very little time, or money, to do it. There are still some small things that can be done in the meantime to brighten up and bring the space in question up to date.

These quick fixes will not completely solve the problem, but they will make it easier to live in as long as need be. There are plenty of simple, easy projects that most home owners should be able to accomplish in order to freshen up their space.

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Add Paint

Paint allows new life to be brought to old things; especially in a world where the objectives reduce, reuse, and recycle are more important than ever. This small change can also make a very large difference and there are so many different places that it can be used!

One of the most common places that will need updating is the walls. There are certain steps to take to avoid picking the wrong color. Always bring samples of the actual paint to try before committing. Also be very careful that the current color of your walls doesn’t distort the new options!

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Replace Hardware

How can something so small and seemingly insignificant make such a huge impact? Whether it be cabinetry hardware, door hardware, curtain rods, or anything else, they all have a great affect on the style of a space. If the hardware just needs a little TLC then they can always just be refinished and re-installed, or they can be replaced altogether.

The challenge with cabinet hardware is finding a pull that will fit within the existing drilled holes. If the cabinets are painted then the existing holes can be filled in and painted over and new holes can be drilled. If they are stained then that poses more of a problem. Try to find pulls that are similar in size. The age of the hardware will often determine how difficult this task will be!

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Replace Tile

This is one of the more time consuming and difficult tasks, but the reward is also one of the largest. There are many things that can be changed in a kitchen; very few of those being simple. Tile work can be done by the homeowner, but to ensure it is done properly should be done by a professional because the scope of work might be more than any homeowner is willing to do.

Changing out the tile is a perfect way to make a small change without having to gut the whole room. This can have a huge impact and can really update the space. Another popular thing to do with tile is to take it to the ceiling in order to make a statement. This can help bring any kitchen into the present!

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Add Storage

There is almost never such a thing as “too much” when it comes to storage. Another great way to add something new to your home without having to do much work or spend too much money is adding storage. This can be accomplished by adding shelving on open wall space that can be stylish or functional. Open shelving adds something to a space that was dull before. It is a simple update with a huge reward!

This can also be done by going through belongings and figuring out what it absolutely necessary and what is not. Go through every inch of storage space in the home and determine what can stay and what can go. It is surprising how much space this can open up. Then there is more storage space for other important things and the home feels fresher and cleaner.

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It does not take thousands of dollars and months of time to create a beautiful home. Not everyone is capable of such renovations. Sometimes its the simplest things that make the biggest impact.

Mini Blog- Island Ideas

We find that islands are now one of the most requested features in a kitchen. The functionality of the kitchen has changed. Modern kitchens are a gathering space for family and friends, as well as, a space to prepare and cook meals. Due to this change, the design of the kitchen had to be adjusted as well. There are so many options and possibilities when considering an island. What will its main function be? Will it have seating? Will it be a prep area? Will it house appliances? Those are important questions when designing for functionality.

However, kitchen islands are not only about usefulness, aesthetics are just as important. What style are you aiming for? Will it be a simple design or will it be more elaborate? There are endless design details that relate to this topic. Islands can have matching panels, detailed legs, intricate corbels, and many other options. The trick is to make sure that those details all match with the overall style of the space and how you plan on using it.

Those details are what make infinite possibilities for the design of any island. An island can be small, re-purposed, and easily moved, such as the island on the left, which was created using an antique dresser. It is smaller that the average cabinets and can be moved. With a slight design change, the top would be able to collapse so the seating could be moved. This would allow for more walking space around the island if needed. This island is perfect for the person who needs their space to transform on a day to day basis to best suit their needs at any given time. The photo in the middle is a larger and more permanent version of the first island. The seating is permanent, but because the space and the island itself is larger there is no need for it to transform. The photo to the right has another added component, which is a built-in appliance in the island. This is most often home to a microwave drawer, dishwasher, or under-counter oven. One thing all of these have in common is counter height seating.

In the photo above on the left there is also seating, but this is different than the previous ones. This island incorporates banquet seating, which allows normal table height and will often negate the need for a formal dining table. The island on the right has a unique feature; the counter tops cascade to the floor. This is referred to as a waterfall counter top. However, this one is unique in that the material changes from one end to the other, which is not common.

There are thousands of different combinations of design and functionality that will create the perfect island. It is only a matter of discovering what is most important to have. Function? Design? Most of the time it is a marriage of the two, which creates a happy balance.

Mini Blog- Laundry

The laundry room is often the space that is forgotten about or put off. This is one of the most versatile spaces in the home because it can shrink or grow to fit the space and the needs of the family that is utilizing it.

On top of varying in size, laundry rooms can also vary in functionality in order to make the most out of the space in the home and suit the needs of each individual family. Laundry rooms have more recently become a desired space in most homes. This is mainly due to the fact that in the past laundry rooms were most commonly found in the basement of the home, which was rarely a finished space.

As seen in the above images, laundry rooms are now commonly used as multi-functional spaces. For instance, they now house areas to hang clothing to dry, ample storage, pet areas, and even coat and shoe storage so that it can double as a mud room. This can help maximize the space in an attractive and functional way. With today’s technology the functionality of the laundry room is even more limitless. Washers and dryers can now be stacked to conserve space if need be, they can be placed on risers for easy reach-ability, or they can stand side by side to allow for more horizontal space.

Overall, laundry rooms have come a long way from simply having a washer and dryer in the basement. They can now be easily incorporated into any basic home design to create something both beautiful and functional.

Mini Blog- Kitchen Storage & Organization

Everyone wants their kitchen to be beautiful. After all, you don’t want to spend your hard earned money to create an ugly kitchen! However, in the journey to create this aesthetically pleasing space some homeowners forget about or sacrifice the functionality of their space.

A prime example of storage and organization in a kitchen would be the pantry. The pantry has many different forms now, including the freestanding pantry, built-in pantry, walk-in pantry, cabinet pantry, and the butler’s pantry, which is still called that even though the majority of us no longer have a butler in this day and age. Unfortunately, not all of us have the space for the gorgeous pantries above and some do not have room for a pantry at all! This is when we have to get creative with our storage solutions elsewhere!

In a kitchen with a limited amount of space for storage it is important to make the most of the space that you do have. This can be done by being creative with space that isn’t normally used, such as the wasted space underneath the cabinet. Or by making better use of one of the most difficult storage spaces in the kitchen; the corner. By using a corner drawer base you make the most out of that awkward corned by making it so much easier to access.

With all the advancements that we have today it is no wonder that our kitchen’s would follow suit. There are so many different things that have been added to kitchen design in order to help make things more user friendly and functional. Fillers and dead space can now be turned into spice pullouts in order to make that space usable. There are now inserts for drawers to better organize china and flatware, to get electronic devices off of the counter, to organize plastic containers, and to organize pots and pans.  

In terms of kitchen storage and organization we have come a long way. What are some of your favorite ideas? Let us know!

November Home Inspiration- Dining Spaces

Dining Inspiration

As we all know, November is the month where everyone gathers to spend time together and be thankful. Due to the fact that this often occurs around a large table of some sort, it is only fitting that this month’s blog just so happens to revolve around the topic as well!

The first thing I would like to point out would be that this is not titled dining rooms, but rather dining spaces. This is because the era of eating around a large formal dining room has come to an end. In today’s world, there are many ways and places to entertain guests.

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Mixed Seating

With the open concept movement, many people are opting out of the separate formal dining room and going with something more inclusive. One option would be to place the dining table in close relation to the kitchen and living space. Designate the space with an area rug or hanging light fixture. With this open concept the dining space will seem more casual.

Another way to make this more casual would be by incorporating mixed seating into the design. Some options for this would bench seating, upholstered chairs, and basic dining chairs. This creates an eclectic, casual look that would not be found in the traditional formal dining rooms that were common in the past.

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Banquette Seating

This is the perfect option for those homeowners who prefer to make the most out of what they are given. This option can maximize the space in the home because it often only takes up space along one or two walls. This allows for better circulation

It also creates a designated dining space without the need for a large dining room that will most likely never get used. This option can also have some bonus storage! Making use of the built-in bench seating as additional storage compartments helps to further maximize the usefulness of the configuration. 

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Island Seating

Some homeowners are opting out of having a dining table at all. These people instead choose to include some form of seating in the kitchen, whether it is at an island or a peninsula. This allows people to take space that would normally be allotted for a dining table and add it to the kitchen.

This is by far the most casual option aside from not having any dining space. However, if you do plan on entertaining frequently or hosting large gatherings then this option may not suit you. Depending on the size of the kitchen, this also might not be the best option if there is inadequate space.

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Most people will actually use a combination of the above options to add some variety to their home and allow for both casual and semi-formal dining. Everyone is different and the point of design is to create something that will work best for your way of lifestyle! Let us know what you think and what you would do if it was your home!