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Top Kitchen Gallery Design Tips

The corridor kitchen layout, commonly known as the galley kitchen is among the several standard layouts developed to offer ergonomic benefits when using the kitchen. A kitchen gallery basically comprises of your work space that is sandwiched between two walls facing each other.

If you have a thin kitchen space, this layout is perhaps your most efficient layout. In between your two walls, you would have a single traffic lane with an opening on one end or even both ends. A galley may be as long as you may wish; all you need to do is divide the place into several work sites.

Whether it’s a new galley plan or an old one, consider the following tips and ideas:

Gallery Planning

Before you even start, you must have full confidence in your design plan. Identify the places where you desire to position particular fixtures or appliance and take quality time in planning – never rush the planning aspect. Find and engage the right tradespeople, people who are experienced and you can easily and freely communicate with.

Because getting trusted experts can be challenging, make sure you get credible references and follow them up. Ensure they have the necessary trade licences for your specific kitchen job. You can visit a number of websites dedicated to home improvement services and view the kind of feedback they receive and also read their recommended sections.

For example, Australia’s top-selling kitchen publication, the Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly is an excellent resource as it showcases an extensive variety of ideas, new products and company profiles.

Golden Triangle Layout Rule

Getting the most optimal kitchen layout is all about functionality and practicality. It’s all about having every single thing where it’s supposed to be and where you can easily access it. It is what kitchen designers refer to as ergonomics, normally achieved with the Golden Triangle concept. This is whereby you position the kitchen sink, cooktop (oven/ stove) and fridge in a format that forms a triangle.

Kitchen Storage

As much as is possible, utilize every available kitchen space. Also cut down on clutter and try to create a safe working environment. In your gallery layout design, you can include overhead cabinets going right to the ceiling and deep drawers for storing your cooking pots.

Good Ventilation

Nothing could be as displeasing as being met by the smell of last night’s food as you enter a house. Proper ventilation of your kitchen can greatly help in averting this social disaster besides being an important safety measure.

Gallery Lighting

Your kitchen needs good light sources. Therefore, don’t neglect to light up areas around the cooktop and oven with overhead lighting fixtures. Although pendants seem to be the trendy thing today, you may consider installing good quality fluorescents as they produce more even lighting for the entire gallery.

As a final parting tip, if you have an old-fashioned gallery layout, you may consider an upgrade. Don’t shy away from this, since you won’t be the first one to it: according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), as early as 1999, 62% of households in Australia were actually living in dwellings which had seen one form of renovation during the previous ten (10) years.


Ideas for Your New Outdoor Kitchen

One of the most novel and enjoyable spaces in a home can be an outdoor kitchen. Families always seem to be divided during barbecues; some cooking inside and others socializing or grilling outside. With an outdoor kitchen, families can cook together and grillers don’t have to continually go in and out of the house to grab plates, cooking tools or lighters, as everything needed can be easily stored in cabinets in the outdoor kitchen.

Layout

If you have a pool, place your outdoor kitchen nearby for even more enjoyment. Family and guests will love taking a dip in the pool and being able to relax at an outdoor bar just steps away. Those who are preparing food will feel like they are part of the action and will be able to oversee children in the pool and chat with guests while they are cooking.

Leaving large openings in the walls will allow for fresh air to flow through and keep everyone cool. This is a great way to still enjoy the weather while having some shelter from the sun. Outdoor kitchens have increasingly become popular in areas where residents enjoy pleasant weather for much of the year.

Materials

Small outdoor kitchens usually contain a small sink, built-in grill, an under-counter refrigerator, and a few cabinets. It is important to finding durable, water resistant materials to construct your kitchen so that it is equipped to withstand bad weather and moisture.

Natural stone can be a great material to help define your space. It is hardy, flame resistant and has a beautifully unique and natural appearance that will enhance your kitchen’s outdoor feel. Large rectangular tiles in natural slate can make an attractive, rugged backsplash that will complement granite countertops and wooden decks.

Granite is a popular material for outdoor countertops. It is arguably the most beautiful outdoor option, and creates a “high end” look. If properly installed by an experienced professional, you should not have any adhesive problems or grout lines. Granite is best for areas not exposed to direct sunlight, so make sure your outdoor kitchen is shaded.

If direct sunlight is inevitable, concrete may be the best option. These countertops are cast in one piece and are therefore flexible in terms of shape. Concrete also has no grout lines and comes in a limitless array of colors.

If you are looking to create a unique space and a new way to enjoy the beautiful weather, than consider an outdoor kitchen. This back yard oasis will help you get away from the stressors inside the home and enjoy some old-fashioned outdoor living with a modern flair.