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Believe it or not, there can be such a thing as too much counterspace. When it happens it's most often seen in the L-shaped kitchen layout. In this kitchen, hutch-style cabinets on the countertop solve this problem, add to the aesthetic, and create additional storage. This solution also cuts down on the clutter that can appear when there's too much counterspace outside of the main work triangle.
Sometimes a square island is better than a rectangle.
Tip: If you don't have the room for a main sink in one of the legs of the L, then put it in the island. This makes for a very tight work triangle and still allows for entertaining. This island has seating on two sides which makes for good conversation as well.
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.
Tip: If you don't have room for an island and kitchen table, or if you don't have a dining room at all, then an L-shaped kitchen with a table instead of an island is a great solution! This kitchen still has plenty of counter space.
Tip: A broken L-shape is a great solution if you want to use a variety of countertop materials.
This kitchen is almost like two galley kitchens and an L at the same time. The broken L with and island creates three distinct stations: prep, cooking and clean-up. Three or four cooks could work easily in this kitchen and never bump into each other.
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