One of the most common items on homeowner's wish lists is the desire for more counter-top space. While no one wants exposed clutter out in the open for everyone to see, there is still a desperate need for more work space. The trick here is in the "work space" not just more counter-top space.
There's not much need for counters that we can not use as part of the kitchen. If we have 40 square feet of counter located on the other side of the kitchen as the cook-top or sink area it quickly becomes a drop zone for the family. We also affectionately refer to this area as the family "crap catcher". A bit crass but yet every family knows exactly what area in their kitchen this is referring to. It's OK, we all have one.
Our goal is to improve counter-top space WHERE YOU NEED IT MOST. Check out the below examples:
There is quite a lot of counter-top in the above photo. Unfortunately it's not where you need it. The sink has useful space flanking it but the cook-top was totally robbed of fulfilling it's full potential.
Then there's this classic arrangement above. No counter-space, a wall (oven tower) built next to it, no chance for success.
It is our job as kitchen designers to make sure that we are getting you the quantity of counters you need but also the quality. The kitchen must be laid out in a way that maximizes the square footage of the space but more importantly makes the most out of the square footage gained.