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Thinking Outside The Box: Remodeling Your Galley Kitchen

Thinking Outside The Box: Remodeling Your Galley Kitchen By Gigi Siguenza
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Those living with galley kitchens know the frustrations of working in such a space. Inefficient layouts, insufficient counter space, and inconveniently located appliances combine to make a kitchen that is no joy for the cook. A little creative thinking can help you make your galley kitchen remodel a tribute to efficiency.

If you imagine your kitchen empty, you are left with a long, narrow space waiting for you to make it wonderful. Older design assumed upper cabinets were mandatory, and had to accommodate the appliances of the past. Thanks to advances in technology and cabinetry design, you are not as limited.

Cabinetry Options: Using Space Efficiently

Modern cabinetry is designed to make the best use of space. There are base cabinets that allow you to store dishes in drawers, with adjustable pegs to prevent sliding. Other base cabinets will house pots and pans. Ceiling height pantry cabinets with pull out shelves can take up very little floor space while giving added storage. Making your upper cabinets shorter will widen the space between the counter and the upper cabinets and create the illusion of a less crowded room. Consider adding pull-out trash or recycle bins to get those unattractive necessities out of sight. With all these options available, your galley kitchen remodel offers amazing possibilities.

The appliances available offer terrific potential as well. Thanks to technology, stoves, refrigerators, and microwaves are now available in a much wider variety of heights and depths. Replacing your refrigerator with a counter depth model will remove the outward bump that a standard depth fridge creates. Adding a microwave/range hood combination will free up counter space while providing necessary venting over the range. With a little creative thinking and some research into the options available to you, your galley kitchen remodel could transform your kitchen into a cook's dream.


About the Author
Gigi Siguenza is a freelance writer who also works in products & marketing. Schooled in commercial art and design, she formerly worked as a kitchen and bath design specialist.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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