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Remodeling 101: The L-Shaped Kitchen

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 13, 2014 01:07 AM
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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Mar 12, 2014

Looking for a kitchen layout, with space for multiple cooks and onlookers? Consider the versatile L-shape, a two-walled setup that tucks neatly into a corner while remaining open to the surrounding space. The L-shaped kitchen works especially well in lofts and open-living setups where it's often wrapped around an island or dining table. Here's a look at some favorite examples: Above: A diagram illustrates how the ergonomic kitchen work triangle (stove, refrigerator and sink) can work in an L-shaped kitchen. Image via Archway Construction . Above: Shelves run across the short leg of this L-shaped kitchen, providing open storage for artwork and ceramics. Image via Obumex .  Above: A streamlined fireplace and island face an expansive L-shaped kitchen in a New York brownstone  by architecture firm  O'neill Rose , a member of the Remodelista Architect/Design Directory . A window wall at the far end provides storage and separates the working kitchen from the breakfast room.  S ee how O'neill Rose  rebuilt the house behind a landmarked 19th century fac ade  in  A Brownstone for the 21st Century .  Photograph by  Michael Moran .  Above: Danish illustrator Nynne Rosenvinge's  L-shaped kitchen in Copenhagen is a study in black and white with disciplined pops of color. Image via Femina .   Above: A marble-topped island is the focus of this L-shaped kitchen with subway-tiled walls. Image via Kitchen Lab Design .  Above: Butcher block counters and a  Dinesen Heart Oak Floor  complement a wooden dining table in an otherwise rigorously white L-shaped kitchen in Copenhagen.  Image via Archilovers .  Above: Black cabinets with concrete countertops anchor a light and airy—and enviably tall-ceilinged—L-shaped kitchen in Rotterdam. Image from Fantastic Frank via April and May .  Above: Plywood cabinets form an inviting L-shaped kitchen in a Melbourne apartment by architect Clare Cousins. Like to create something similar? See our  Steal This Look  and tour the full apartment in  An Artful Makeover with Plywood .  Above: L-shaped kitchens are often seen in farm-style country kitchens with much-used dining tables. Image via Lonny Magazine on Flickr.  Above: The Brooklyn Home Company  created an L-shaped country kitchen with a long wood table and open shelving in a Brooklyn townhouse apartment.    Above: London photographer Abi Campbell's L-shaped kitchen has a Carrara-marble counter and Plain English cabinets that end in a glass-doored pantry. See more details, including the pantry layout, in a Photographer's Kitchen in London . Inspired? See Kitchen Confidential: 10 Ways to Achieve the Plain English Look .  Photograph by   Matt Clayton . We'll be examining kitchen layouts all week. So far we've looked at  The U-Shaped Kitchen  and Kitchen Islands Gone Glamorous . If you've got your eye on a wood floor for your kitchen, see  The World's Most Beautiful Wood Floors . For advice on all sorts of remodeling issues, dip into our Remodeling 101 archive.






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