As an ASID Industry Partner and Remodeler, Lyon Construction+Design typically works with experienced Designers with a diverse background of experiences. 

When remodeling living spaces such as a Master Suite, Family Room, or finished Lower Level, Lyon often partners with Interior Designers who are experts in their craft.  Among other things, our design partners help Clients select new finishes and furnishings, consult with colors and décor, and bring together all of the disparate components of the project in a way the is not only extremely beautiful but also highly functional for our Clients and their families. 

If we’re is designing an addition to an existing home, sometimes the Interior Designer will function as a Space Planner too, and help with the layout of the space while keeping in mind the Clients existing furniture, lifestyle, and traffic flow.

Many Lyon projects, however, involve remodeling the Kitchen or Bath – and that’s when we turn to Kitchen and Bath experts for help with a plan.  Certainly a well-thought-out, detailed plan is a must for any kitchen or bath project. Whether laying out a simple space ourselves, working with a cabinet distributor, or turning to the expertise of a Kitchen Designer, formulating a clear and effective plan is obviously the first step.  How to plan for an effective, efficient, beautiful and functional space is the question!

For the last few decades, most kitchen designs have been based on three standard layouts: the U-shaped kitchen, the L-shaped kitchen and the galley kitchen.  Those all make use of the classic work triangle concept that basically positions the three major kitchen components (refrigerator stove and sink) in a triangular pattern.  That was determined to be the most efficient layout in the 1950's.

More recently, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) co-sponsored recent research that recognized the changing use patterns in the kitchen.  After this study, the NKBA wrote 31 guidelines to provide industry pros with minimum standards for kitchen efficiency, convenience, traffic spaces, distances between items, and countertop and cabinet space.  

The NKBA Kitchen & Bathroom Planning Guidelines is a collection of illustrations and planning suggestions to help professionals in the safe and effective planning of kitchens and bathrooms. The NKBA developed the guidelines to provide designers with good planning practices that consider the needs of a range of users.  We commonly use and refer to these guidelines for all of our kitchen projects.

These guidelines were developed under the guidance of the NKBA by a committee of professionals. The committee completed in-depth historical reviews of planning guidelines dating back to 1920. The guidelines reflect a composite of the historical review, current industry environment, future trends, consumer lifestyles, new research, new building codes, and current industry practices; as well as a Kitchen Storage Research Project conducted by Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Instead of the ‘standard’ kitchen layout, designers now think in terms of multiple work centers or work stations within the kitchen in order to allow more than one person to work efficiently without getting in anyone else's way.  Work centers are a little less formal concept than a classic work triangle since you can basically create a station anytime decent counter space is provided next to a major appliance or sink.

In the attached pictures of two recently completed Lyon projects, you’ll see the evolution from an original smaller kitchen to a more functional and modern space with multiple work centers, living space within the kitchen, and a much more open and inviting floor plan.  The planning guidelines through NKBA were extremely helpful in planning and creating this space.


Kitchen 1 Before





Kitchen 2 After


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