Get a good base for your kitchen design by starting with the right layout for your space. Take a look at the basic shapes and elements of a successful kitchen.
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It is best to have 12 inches of counterspace on either side of a range so that you have a landing space for hot pots. This also allows you to turn pot handles to either side of the cooktop. Ovens should have at least 15 inches of open counter on one or both sides for hot pans and casserole dishes.