Efficient Design

When designing a kitchen, Wood Wise designer Kathy Walker makes every inch count. This photo shows the great use of space on the large island and perimeter. Clustering the appliances with the oven and microwave on the island (the refrigerator and cooktop are directly across from them just out of the photo on the right) makes preparing a meal convenient for the cook. The cabinets on the back wall provide pantry storage for food and brooms. The cubby, located near the back entrance to the house, is a convenient place for out-the-door items like backpacks, coats, and shoes. Beautiful KraftMaid cabinets deliver extra storage options for the drawers such as flatware dividers and pull-out shelves for the pantry. Careful attention to how homeowners use their kitchen helps Kathy develop the best layout.