By Darcey Muirgel. Kitchen. Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 14:56:54 PM.
If you're limited on space and storage in your L‐shaped kitchen, adding a pot rack frees up space in a base cabinet. In its grandest expression, the L‐shaped kitchen has a large island, main sink on one wall, range on the other, and prep sink in the island. This creates at least two overlapping work triangles, allowing for multiple cooks to work at the same time. Guest seating at the island creates a "kitchen as theater" feel. Even in some smaller spaces, you can fit a L‐shaped kitchen, small island and prep sink. No seating at this island, but I'm sure having that extra sink more than makes up for it in the cook's eyes!
Older homes with smaller kitchens sometimes have the refrigerator inside the "U", but that really eats into the counter space. Most often you’ll see a U‐shaped kitchen with the refrigerator on the adjacent wall right outside the "U", which is fine. It’s still within the work triangle. One signature of the U‐shaped kitchen is the peninsula. In this case, it doesn’t have seating due to the passageway between rooms. The lack of kitchen seating is often the reason people prefer the L‐shaped kitchen with an island to the U‐shaped kitchen.
Granite Kitchen Counters. There are plenty of reasons granite counters are so popular – this natural stone has plenty of character, with unique grains, colors and customizable finishes. When properly sealed, it’s one of the most durable options out there. While it can cost as low as $50 per square foot installed, prices can go up quickly with more exotic slabs and difficult installations.