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Galley Kitchen Remodeling: Eight Ways Your Space Can Work Better

by Susanne Clemenz

Galley kitchens feel cramped and inconvenient if they're not well planned. Here are some typical problems, and ways galley kitchen remodeling can solve them.

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Typical Galley Kitchen Remodeling Problems

  1. The oven is across from the food prep area, so you bake yourself doing food prep.
  2. An open oven or refrigerator door prevents access beyond it.
  3. The counter space isn't where you need it.
  4. Your microwave oven, toaster, and other appliances hog your limited counter space.
  5. Storage space is insufficient.
  6. Lighting is inadequate for the area.

Kitchen Remodeling to the Rescue!

  1. Place the refrigerator near an end wall and the range or wall oven across from it. People then have access to the rest kitchen even if you're cooking on the range.
  2. For increased storage, install an under-counter cabinet for tall items (cookie sheets, etc.) between range and end wall to have some counter space on each side of the range.
  3. Create a three- to four-foot countertop on the other side of the range from the cookie-sheet cabinet.
  4. Put a vertical slide-out pantry between refrigerator and end wall. Refrigerator door should open toward the end wall.
  5. Add high shelves on the end wall and above overhead cabinets.
  6. Across from the larger stove-side countertop, by the refrigerator, place a 30-inch countertop and then the sink.
  7. Put the dishwasher on the side of the sink furthest from entering foot traffic.
  8. Install an under-cabinet hanging toaster and a microwave/convention oven above the range.
  9. Use under-cabinet task lighting, an above-the-sink decorative light, and track lighting with adjustable fixtures.

Voila! Your kitchen remodeling plans are coming together--now bring them to life!

About the Author

Suzanne Clemenz designed her passive solar home and interacted with the contractors every day of the 6-month project. She started drawing floor plans and making models in the early '70s after purchasing several building lots. Recently she expanded and

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