Just because a kitchen is short on square footage, it doesn’t mean it has to lack in function, organization, or style. The key to owning and making the most of the space is a layout that maximizes efficiency, like this galley kitchen remodel from Capitol designer John. Prior to the renovation, this kitchen was narrow and unremarkable. The new kitchen is more open. New cabinets in creamy grey now complement the architectural details of the house and provide generous storage—a must-have for homeowners who love to cook and entertain. A peninsula was created to open the kitchen to the living room.
Above: Capitol designer John’s 3D kitchen rendering.
John’s Galley Kitchen Design Ideas: When remodeling a galley style kitchen, take note of traffic patterns. Depending on the layout of your home, galley kitchens may or may not be closed off at one end. If the far end leads to another room or outside, as it does here, it will see heavy traffic.
You can enhance the safety of your layout by planning your kitchen with the sink and cooktop on the same wall as John did here. This arrangement focuses your appliances in one area, so you won’t have to turn to the opposing run with potentially dangerous items in your hands.
Above: The before, this kitchen was narrow and unremarkable.
John found space for a small peninsula in the galley kitchen, providing additional storage as well as dining space. Here, the peninsula at the far end of the kitchen is fully clear of the cooking zone and has seating on the far side.
Design Tip: Think About The Kitchen Triangle
The kitchen work triangle is a very important consideration in the design of your workspace. Efficiency is the triangle’s main goal, as it keeps all the major work stations near the cook, without placing them so close that the kitchen becomes cramped. The work triangle is also designed to minimize traffic within the kitchen so the cook isn’t interrupted or interfered with.
Pictured left: John created a ‘coffee area’ Between the oven and refrigerator. By using glass inserts in the upper cabinets, he was able to make it a more defined space.
Meet the designer
John is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer with over 42 years’ experience, both in the field and at the drawing board. He is very active in the National Kitchen and Bath Association, having served nine years on the national Board of Directors, and held most offices in the local chapter where he is now on the executive committee as treasurer. John has been a judge several times for the National Design Competition.
John is based in our Saratoga Showroom.
Products in this kitchen
Kemper Kitchen Cabinets
The monochromatic blend of the cabinets and countertop, accented by the stainless steel appliances, made for a larger ‘feel’ to the entire space. The Kemper Butler style cabinets were the quality she wanted at an affordable price, and they were topped with a Cambria quartz counter.
The modern lines and flexibility of Butler exemplify the ultra popular transitional door style.
Kemper Choice Cabinets
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