Kitchen Design 101 – The FYI of Kitchens

October 2, 2018 posted In Kitchens

We all want our kitchens to be both beautiful and functional. While you may have an idea of how you want your new kitchen to look, you’ll also want to understand the factors that impact how you feel in the space. At Archway, we have gathered helpful information on kitchen shapes, optimizing functionality and how to ensure a layout works for you and your family.

Your lifestyle and your home will influence your kitchen’s shape

Are you an aspiring cook? Do you like to entertain? Is counter space a premium? At Archway Construction we like to get to know you! Why? Because these are just some of the considerations that will determine which kitchen design and shape is right for you.


Popular with many cooks, The U-shaped kitchen offers generous counter space and provides an efficient workflow by creating a compact work triangle. Perfect for being mobile and entertaining guest.


Our L-shaped kitchen design offers flexibility for both large and small homes — allowing for greater flexibility when placing appliances. Families also benefit from a shape that easily divides the kitchen into cooking and eating areas. Small kitchen? Ask us about bask splashing, adding light to any kitchen give it the larger appeal.


Great for homes with multiple cooks, the G-shape provides ample counter and cabinet space, as well as an ideal center for guest entertaining.

Single Wall

Want to expand your living space or have a sub-level room converted? This layout provides an open and airy feeling and is particularly successful in small homes or apartments or for those true free spirits.


Open on two ends, the Galley requires a minimum corridor width of 48″ so that you can easily maneuver when cooking. Appliances are in close proximity to one another making this a great option when space is limited.

Efficiency has a shape: the triangle

The basic work triangle is comprised of an imaginary line drawn between the kitchen’s primary work areas: food storage (refrigerator), food preparation (stove) and cleanup (sink). We recommend your work triangle not exceed 26 linear feet (a total sum of the 3 sides of the triangle) for maximum efficiency, energy and display.

What you can expect from Archway Home Remodeling

If you are working with our professional kitchen remodeler or our home design team, you can expect to receive the following:

Floor Plan

A drawing presenting the relationships between elements of a room viewed from an aerial perspective.


A floor-level drawing that shows a front, side or rear view of a room in a vertical plane, illustrating how elements appear face-to-face in the space.

Testing the fit

With a floor plan in hand, it’s time to measure your room with masking tape to gauge how the space plan actually feels when you’re standing in the room. With cabinets and appliances outlined on the floor, you can also pin and place material swatches to evaluate how color, texture and light are coming together to realize your overall vision. When meeting with an archway representative we take your step by step in this process. Your measure just the same as us, see what we see and understand all the details that help you bring your dream kitchen to reality.