12 X 15 Kitchen Design

12 X 15 Kitchen Design

Common Kitchen Layouts One-Wall Kitchen Galley U-Shape U-Shape & Island G-Shape L-Shape L-Shape & Island Deciding on a layout for a kitchen is probably the most important part of kitchen design. It’s the layout of the kitchen—and not its color or its style—that determines how easy it is to cook, eat and socialize in the kitchen. At the most basic level, the layout addresses the placement of the appliances, the sink(s), the cabinets, the counters, the windows and doors, and furniture such as a kitchen table and chairs. If you’re building a new home or adding on, you have the luxury of choosing the layout that works best for you and your family. If you’re remodeling, the structure of the existing home will limit the options. The most common kitchen layouts include the one-wall kitchen, the galley kitchen, the U-shaped kitchen, the G-shaped kitchen, and the L-shaped kitchen—some of which can also incorporate an island. Read on to find out the pros and cons of each option, as well as some tips for coping with the layout you already have.
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12 X 15 Kitchen Design

Shawn St.Peter Photography This photo is perfect for our discussion of islands in modestly sized kitchens. Considering the approximately 25 1/2-inch countertop depth on both sides (plus an inch or two for the bump-out of the farmhouse sink and the freestanding gas range), you would want a minimum of 36 inches clearance for aisle space. This leaves about 18 to 21 inches for the island width — and that’s countertop space worth having.When it comes to personal family dynamics, keep in mind that such a setup does not allow for another family member to squeeze by the person working at the stove or doing the dishes. I call it the “butt rub” factor, which can definitely cause arguments at the end of a long day. A 36-inch clearance would also not be enough between a fridge and an island, unless it is a French door fridge, which has a smaller door swing.One option would be to add a small prep sink into the island, to avoid anyone’s having to walk around the island while someone else is working at the stove. JOHN DANCEY Custom Designing/Remodeling/Building Consider a square island if it suits your space, but keep in mind that a countertop larger than 4 by 4 feet will be difficult to reach and keep clean.To make an island truly yours, give some thought to what you want to store there. It’s worthwhile to integrate a mix of small and large drawers, an open shelf for storing larger items like platters, or baskets for storing root vegetables. RemodelWest This is a larger kitchen with a charming little round island, with a stunning two-tone butcherblock top.When deciding on the shape and design of an island, you’ll want to consider access for pets and children, what you want to store and display in the island and how often you entertain. Everyone has different ideas about the presence of pets and their snouts getting into food-related items! MP DESIGN This is a simple yet very effective island design executed with a 4-inch-thick butcher block top. Adding a towel bar or some hooks to one side could help increase its usefulness, too. Alabama Sawyer It’s great to see such a soft modern interpretation of a small island. Lifted up on stylish stainless steel legs, this island provides storage and style at the same time. Picking a small island also means you can be daring with your choice of material or color. Dallas Renovation Group Small but hardworking, this tiny island is not more than 30 inches wide, yet it manages to house one of those very practical microwave drawers. It is nicely wrapped into angled posts, an easy design to integrate into a small kitchen.Drawer styles allow you to hide your microwave as much as possible; plus, you don’t have to strain to look at the controls or load it up. The slanted control pad and push-button opening on this microwave drawer make it easy on the eye and the back.See more about microwave drawers Southern Studio Interior Design Twice the length of the previous island, this island is one hardworking piece of cabinetry. Beautifully executed with corner posts and a furniture-style toe kick, it houses a microwave and a mini fridge.The stone countertop with the corner detail adds another layer of elegance. Turan Designs, Inc. Along with a handy-three drawer cabinet, this unit helps keeps cookbooks right at hand. You could also add a row of square cubbies for wine bottle storage just below the countertop, which would still allow for two shelves underneath. USI Design & Remodeling The small island gives you an opportunity to add a splash of bold color to an otherwise neutral space. This one looks charming and has lots of storage, and the wood counter adds country-living flavor. Ana Williamson Architect Here’s an interesting way to create seating space in a modern kitchen. Note how the white quartz counter is used in lieu of a cabinet gable on the sink side, continues the cabinet for about 12 inches and then juts out to allow clearance for stools. As for countertop overhangs, keep in mind that stone counters need more support than quartz ones. Brackets are a typical solution, but on a small unit they might get in the way. Flat steel bars are an invisible solution, but you should discuss this with your stone manufacturer and cabinet supplier early on.Tip: Be aware of the different chair and stool heights, so you can select the right one for your kitchen. Make sure to test each model by actually sitting in it, as certain designs work better for short- or long-legged individuals than others.A typical chair height is 18 inches for a 30-inch-high dining table. However, that height won’t work for a standard 36-inch high-countertop. Look for 24-inch-high stools for your kitchen island, unless the model has an option to move the seat up or down. Stools for standard 42-inch bar heights are usually 30 inches high and often have a footrest. Marrokal Design & Remodeling This is another inventive example of a tiny island; it has a dropped seating area in a contrasting material. The wood counter’s round shape is perfect for a smooth transition into the aisle space, and wood is warm and soft to the touch, as opposed to granite.Allow 2 feet of width per chair for comfortable seating — more if the two of you want to both read the paper at the same time in the morning.
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12 X 15 Kitchen Design

The most common kitchen layouts include the one-wall kitchen, the galley kitchen, the U-shaped kitchen, the G-shaped kitchen, and the L-shaped kitchen—some of which can also incorporate an island. Read on to find out the pros and cons of each option, as well as some tips for coping with the layout you already have.
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12 X 15 Kitchen Design

Deciding on a layout for a kitchen is probably the most important part of kitchen design. It’s the layout of the kitchen—and not its color or its style—that determines how easy it is to cook, eat and socialize in the kitchen. At the most basic level, the layout addresses the placement of the appliances, the sink(s), the cabinets, the counters, the windows and doors, and furniture such as a kitchen table and chairs. If you’re building a new home or adding on, you have the luxury of choosing the layout that works best for you and your family. If you’re remodeling, the structure of the existing home will limit the options.
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12 X 15 Kitchen Design

Horseshoe. The horseshoe, or U-shape, kitchen layout has three walls of cabinets/appliances. Today, this design has evolved from three walls to an L-shaped kitchen with an island forming the third “wall.” “This design works well because it allows for traffic flow and workflow around the island,” says Mary Jo Peterson, principal, Mary Jo Peterson Inc. “You can get more cooks into the kitchen.” Download a sample floorplan.
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12 X 15 Kitchen Design

A Blend of Materials In this layout, the peninsula converts an L-shaped kitchen into a G-shaped design, adding more space to prepare food and entertain family and guests. The design also serves an aesthetic purpose. The organically shaped butcher block bar works well with the tumbled slate backsplash, giving this kitchen a modern country feel. Design by Judith Balis.

12 X 15 Kitchen Design

In this layout, the peninsula converts an L-shaped kitchen into a G-shaped design, adding more space to prepare food and entertain family and guests. The design also serves an aesthetic purpose. The organically shaped butcher block bar works well with the tumbled slate backsplash, giving this kitchen a modern country feel. Design by Judith Balis.
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12 X 15 Kitchen Design

I’ve read time and time again that a 12-foot-wide kitchen isn’t wide enough for an island. Of course, available space for an island depends on the particular distribution of kitchen workspaces, as well as your lifestyle and family dynamics, but a 12-foot-wide kitchen can certainly have an incredibly efficient island. Small islands can be a functional and beautiful solution — as these gorgeous examples in a range of kitchen sizes prove.