Thanksgiving and No Room in the Kitchen?

It’s nearly that time of year, when every family member scrambles into the kitchen to steal some stuffing, maybe a slice of turkey, and a taste of dessert.

It’s also that time of year when you’re reminded how poorly your kitchen is laid out and how much you’d love to do something about that. Designing the perfect Gilbert kitchen layout is includes adding function, perhaps more storage and cabinets, more sitting areas, and more countertop space.

Your kitchen floor plan is critical to how well your new remodel will hold family during next year’s Thanksgiving celebration.

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The Thanksgiving Kitchen Remodel  

There really are two times a year when it couldn’t be more obvious how badly you need a kitchen remodel. The floor plan just doesn’t allow for everyone to be bustling around the stove, cleaning dishes, and entertaining all at the same time.

Grandma, mom, both sisters and aunts just can’t all fit into the kitchen at once, and every year you realize it more and more.

With the way things are right now in the housing market, there is no better time to plan a hefty kitchen remodel before next year’s Thanksgiving feast.

If you’re hosting again, it might be a good idea rather than to buy a whole new home to accommodate your growing extended family.

The Work Triangle

Since the early 50’s, the ‘work triangle’ has been the traditional layout for kitchens. With the sing, stove and fridge positioned so close together you can have everything that you need right at your fingertips.

But, as you’ve probably seen on many cooking shows, that ‘work triangle’ has been altered and updated.

What you need to consider when designing your Gilbert kitchen remodel is exactly what you want to do in the kitchen. If you find yourself cramped every year as you host the season’s holiday feasts, you’ll want to consider space and functionality over the convenience of the ‘work triangle.’

While convenience is still important, there are many other factors to consider.

  • You’ll need a work area that is not too cramped. In reality, you’ll need more than one work area so that when you host these Thanksgiving feasts everyone can get into the kitchen and help you out. You’ll want plenty of countertop space to allow for many little helpers, but you don’t want the ‘work triangle’ to be spread too thin.
  • Keep you essential ‘work triangle’ out of the line of fire. The stove, sink and fridge should be out of the main traffic areas of the kitchen. While you still want plenty of workable countertop space, you want your main appliances close.
  • You’ll also want an island or peninsula. These are wonderful for adding extra countertop space and workable areas. You don’t want these areas to stand between you and your ‘work triangle,’ however, so keep that in mind. These days, it’s not uncommon to find two sinks or perhaps even a smaller stovetop within the island, separate from the main one, to allow for more workable space while entertaining.

Instead of becoming frustrated and fretting the Thanksgiving bustle in your small kitchen next year, give us a call and consider a custom kitchen remodel.