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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.


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Style Advice For Your Functional Kitchen Layout

by Edwin Johnston

Either you're building a new home or radically remodeling your old one. Either way, you need to design your kitchen's layout. Space is a big concern, as is the overall style of your home. However, different layouts have their own design considerations that transcend style. Optimize your kitchen space with a beautiful and functional layout.

One-Wall Kitchen

If you have limited space or prefer an open layout, the one-wall layout is a good option. All the cabinets and appliances are affixed to one wall, leaving the rest of the space wide open. Typically designers pair a one-wall kitchen with an island, but you could get the same effect with a kitchen table. If your kitchen is left open to the rest of your home, utilize a complementary color palette. Additionally, echo elements in both spaces. For example, install shelving at the same height as the kitchen cabinetry for symmetrical appeal.

Galley Kitchen

A galley kitchen gets its name from the cooking spaces in ships. A galley features two parallel work spaces with a walkway in between. Galley kitchens are for homeowners with limited space but that don't want to open up the kitchen to the rest of the area. Such a layout maximizes space and omits some of the cost of cabinetry. However, storage can be an issue, so consider customizing your cabinetry and drawers for your specific needs. Additionally, Home and Garden TV suggests opening up the visual space in the galley kitchen with a light palette and glass-front cabinets.

L-Shape Kitchen

If you plan a kitchen to take up a corner rather than a walkway, you have an L-shape kitchen. This layout is typically for kitchens a bit bigger than the galley. Indeed, the lines that create the L-shape can be as long as you want. However, such a layout does necessitate designing corner cabinetry. Additionally, many homeowners choose to close off a third section with an island or a kitchen table. As with the one-wall kitchen, L-shaped kitchen are open to the rest of your home, so add the same kind of cohesive design elements.

Horseshoe Kitchen

When you add the third wall to your kitchen design, you typically end up with a horseshoe layout. Also called a U-shape, this kitchen layout spreads out the cabinetry and appliances. You also get a lot more work space. Indeed, there's tons of space in the middle, too, which can facilitate flow but can also increase work time. A horseshoe kitchen best facilitates your food preparation when you plan out task centers, or specific areas for completing your kitchen duties. For example, designate an area for chopping, and design accordingly with a sink and storage inserts for cutting boards and knives. Additionally, consider adding an island to your U-shape kitchen for more work and storage space.

Once you've chosen a kitchen layout, attend to both form and function to increase the value in your home and in your daily life. For assistance, talk to a professional like Winston Brown Construction.