Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Cabinet and hardware manufacturers continue devising new options to help organize your kitchen. As you plan a remodel, remember to discuss cabinet accessories with your designer ... they will help the efficiency and organization of your kitchen. Here are a few of the items to consider.

As we wrap up this blog series on range hoods, a few final aspects to consider are:

  • Range Hood Width -- Regardless of the type of range hood chosen, the range hood should be as wide ... or slightly wider ... than your cooktop. This provides a canopy, or capture area, that effectively traps the heat and impurities as they rise. For a 30" stove, the range hood width needs to be between 30" and 36."

The blower in a range hood is sized, or rated, by CFM ... the cubic feet of air moved per minute. It is important to correctly size a range hood based on your stove, room size, and ductwork. In this blog, we will look at ways to calculate the CFM requirements for your kitchen.

Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Five Basic Kitchen Layouts

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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.\

  • L-Shaped Kitchen is created by running cabinets along two adjacent walls. There are a number of benefits to this 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


  • 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 four feet of space between the cabinets.  This allows doors/drawers on each side of the room to be open simultaneously.


  • 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 space, the work surfaces are continuous, and is ideal for people who use their kitchens frequently. The layout's shortcomings can include not being ideal for entertaining or accommodating multiple cooks.



  • 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.



  • 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.