Dear Expert: Is there a good rule of thumb to follow when designing a kitchen?
A: It really depends on what you want to get out of your kitchen. Is it a kitchen for cooking in or just to show off? I believe that a good kitchen has good flow and function. Islands may be popular, but they are not as functional as “G” shaped kitchens. You want to avoid carrying anything from one surface to the other, so a continuous countertop will serve you best. The real rule of thumb is to understand how the space will be used 90% of the time and design for it.
—Michael Anschel, Principal