U-Shaped Kitchen With Peninsula
If it's time for a kitchen remodel or a brand new kitchen install, and the space you have to work with is fairly substantial, you may want to explore the option of a U-shaped kitchen with peninsula.
Style Meets Function
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and today's kitchens are more styled than ever, with unique features that seamlessly integrate function and style. Innovative storage solutions are allowing homeowners to customize their kitchens in new ways while keeping favorite ingredients at their fingertips. Photo courtesy of Nicole Sassaman
Modular Is In
According to interior designer Nicole Sassaman, modular kitchen units are definitely a must for storage, "There are so many options now for your cabinetry and appliances. People are leaning towards modular cabinets. These pieces are streamlined and can be easily replaced if a cabinet face gets scratched or damaged. Laminate wood with protective coatings also make the finishes on these cabinets more durable." Photo courtesy of Nicole Sassaman
It's All About Integrated Appliances
Fully integrated refrigerators and dishwashers are all part of the new luxury in kitchen storage. "At GE Monogram we have a built-in refrigerator that is truly flush with the surrounding cabinetry. You don't even realize that it's a refrigerator. The top compartment is a fridge, the middle is a freezer and the bottom can be a freezer, fridge or wine drawer depending on your needs that day," says Paula Cecere from GE Monogram. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram
"Under-the-counter refrigerators include beverage centers to create more space in the kitchen. These items can be custom paneled to blend right in with your cabinetry and are great for storing produce, beverages and snacks for the kids," says Cecere. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram
More efficient storage also means more entertainment in this friend and family hub of the home. Wine bars are becoming a popular feature that can easily fit among the kitchen pantry and other storage. Photo courtesy of Main Street Kitchens
Storage Keeps Getting Smarter
In this new economy, where more of us are staying home and eating in, efficient storage is a must for the kitchen. "There are amazing systems that have such smart, condensed storage. One drawer can fit everything you can possibly think of," notes Sassaman. Photo courtesy of Nicole Sassaman
Pantries Sport High-End Finishes
This pantry sports a modular pullout cabinet and stainless steel shelving. "Homeowners are savvier about design and are taking time to think about the types of hardware and finishes they want in the kitchen. People want pantries that have a cleaner look," says Sassaman. Photo courtesy of Nicole Sassaman
Dress It Up With Molding
"Molding and trims always add to the look and make kitchen storage feel custom and specialized." Kelly Morisseau suggests custom shelving that can be easily adjusted and shallow-depth pantries to make room for an island and additional prep space. Photo courtesy of Main Street Kitchens
The U-shaped kitchen with peninsula is an extremely flexible, open and visually appealing design that's a common choice for homeowners with an expansive kitchen space. The design requires at least two adjacent walls plus a peninsula extending from one of the walls — and for large-enough spaces, some homeowners may even opt to add a kitchen island to the design for even more surface area and storage options. If your goal is to add a kitchen space to your home that's as useful for conversation and entertaining as it is for cooking and cleaning, a U-shaped kitchen with peninsula may be a great choice for you.
Your first consideration when planning a U-shaped kitchen with peninsula is how you'll configure the classic "work triangle." This term refers specifically to the triangular spacing that connects three key elements of the kitchen design: the stove, sink and refrigerator. The vast majority of kitchen layouts feature some version of the work triangle — and yours should, too, unless you don't plan to spend much time cooking in it, or don't mind traveling vast (in kitchen terms, anyway) distances between the three key areas. Most cooks have little desire to do extensive "traveling" during their cooking sessions, so even if your U-shaped kitchen with peninsula will feature some unique design aspects, it's probably a great idea to do all you can to preserve the work triangle.
One of the great benefits of a U-shaped kitchen with peninsula is its extensive amount of both surface area and storage space. Many other kitchen designs feature significantly less space in general — galley and Pullman kitchens, for example, may only feature one wall, or two parallel walls with very little space between them. A U-shaped kitchen with peninsula offers some of the best possible scenarios for surface area and storage. In most cases, the design will feature three full countertop areas, all of which can be used for storing accessories, preparing and cooking food, or a sink location. Above and beneath the two countertops connected to walls, cabinets offer more options for storage. And under the peninsula countertop, more cabinets can store further accessories, glassware or dishware.
If all of that storage and surface area still seems insufficient for your kitchen plans, consider adding a kitchen island to your U-shaped kitchen with peninsula. Many homeowners can't imagine their kitchen without an island, which can offer still more of the coveted cabinet and drawer storage options. Additionally, some kitchen designs feature kitchen islands with sink or cooking features, which can help tighten up the crucial work triangle and free up other areas of the U-shaped kitchen with peninsula.
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