Common kitchen designs include One-Wall, Galley, U-Shaped, G-Shaped and L-Shaped kitchens. Some of these designs can incorporate an island bench or butler’s pantry.
One of the main functionality principles when designing a kitchen is the Work Triangle. The goal is to have your sink, fridge and cooktop within a workable distance from each other. This is an efficient design for when you are cooking up a storm, as you utilise these three places more than any other part of your kitchen. This principle can be expanded further for example, it’s practical to have your sink located nearby your dishwasher for rinsing and stacking, similarly you would want your cooking utensils located in close proximity to your cooktop and coffee machine near the bin and sink.
Below is an example of the Work Triangle principle on a U-Shaped kitchen, however it can be effectively achieved in various ways across different kitchen layouts.
In our experience, one of the most popular kitchen designs in Cronulla and the Sutherland Shire is the L-Shaped kitchen with island bench and butler’s pantry. In this scenario, the sink may be placed in the island (often with a second utility sink in the butler’s pantry), cooktop on one of the adjacent benches and the fridge located in the butler’s pantry or along one wall either free-standing or integrated into full-height cupboards. This design lends itself easily to the triangle principle, is open allowing for traffic flow, creates a built-in area for dining and entertaining and maximises bench and storage space.
In fact, this design is so effective that we used it for our own kitchen in our previous house renovation in Gymea and our current new home build in Cronulla (Woolooware):
Looking at it again…when you tack on an island and a butler’s pantry it creates different alphabetical shapes, a T-Shaped kitchen or an F-Shaped kitchen…whatever the shape, it works for us and that’s what matters most.