The L-shaped kitchen offers flexibility for both large and small homes. This shape utilizes only two kitchen walls, providing an open sensibility. The L-shape minimizes traffic through the kitchen and, typically, features larger expanses of countertops, allowing ease of preparation at mealtime. Diamond’s Base Corner with Curved Pullout, Segmented Super Susan and award winning Base Corner with Pullout are perfect for these types of spaces.
Open on both ends, the Galley requires a minimum corridor width of 48” so that the cook can easily maneuver during meal preparation. Typically, appliances are near one another which is convenient, but due to the corridor shape of the kitchen, household traffic may pass though the space.
Thankfully, Diamond cabinets are built with this kind of traffic in mind. Our Drop Zone cabinets are perfect places for storing and charging on-the-go electronics, while your Wall Message Center cabinets will keep your entire family organized.
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, pantry, etc.), food preparation (stove) and clean-up (sink). For maximum efficiency, the sum total of the triangle should be 26 linear feet, with the sink being the center point.
Diamond cabinets utilize the triangle shape to better improve the flow of your kitchen. For example, our Utility and Pantry cabinets provide innovative storage solutions for your food, while our Base Mixer cabinet and Gourmet Super Cabinet keep your food preparation area running smoothly. When it comes time for clean-up, you can stay organized with our Super Sink Base and Sink with Tiltouts and CabMat.
What you can expect from your designer
In addition to offering guidance on door style, wood type and color selections, a professional kitchen designer will typically prepare three types of documents for your review:
- Floor plan
- Elevations of all of the walls that receive cabinetry
- Perspective view from one or more vantage points within the room
Availability of these documents is usually contingent on a contractual agreement and/or down payment.
A perspective drawing is one that is “3D” or dimensional. It shows the room as it would be actually seen from the viewpoint of a person 5’-6” in height. Perspective drawings provide details such as areas that are increased or reduced in depth, a dimensional quality that elevation drawings don’t offer.
Testing the fit
It is a good idea to layout the proposed kitchen in the actual space. If the space is empty, this is easily accomplished a couple of different ways. Refer to the completed floor plan utilizing a tape measure and masking tape to indicate where cabinets and appliances will be located. If there is an existing kitchen in place, you’ll have to improvise a bit. Both tape and newspaper can be used to outline new cabinets or appliances, helping you visualize your new space.