When you're planning your custom made kitchen design, one of the most fundamental decisions you'll need to make is what type of layout to adopt. Even if you're going for a more unique design, it helps to have a set pattern for your foundation.

One of the lesser-known kitchen layouts is the G-shaped kitchen, but this is an option that demands your attention. You've probably heard of U-shaped kitchens; they place cabinets and countertops along three sides. A G-shaped unit is like an upgrade from the U-shaped — an additional section extends, so there's only a gap left to get into the food prep area.

Here are just four reasons why a G-shaped kitchen might be right for you.

1. Tremendous Storage Space

Everyone knows how easy it is to run out of storage space in the kitchen. What with all your various dishes, cookware, and appliances, there's seldom enough space for everything, and that's one reason why G-shaped kitchens are becoming popular. With drawers and cabinets along all four sides, you'll have a huge amount of storage space for all your kitchen bits and pieces.

2. Perfect for Busy Chefs

It isn't just storage space you'll have plenty of when you opt for a G-shaped kitchen — you'll also have more counterspace. Better yet, your increased countertop space will be reachable during the cooking process since you'll have it on every side. When you're preparing a complex dish with lots of ingredients, you can get everything prepared in its own area and move between those different areas quickly and easily.

3. More Social

G-shaped kitchens tend to work well in homes that have large open-plan dining areas. The added section of countertop helps separate the dining area from the cooking area, and you can always add stools along its opposite side to provide seating for your guests or family. If you have large kitchen dining area and want to keep things social, the benefits of a G-shaped kitchen should speak to you.

4. Option for Privacy

As mentioned above, G-shaped kitchens can be ideal for people who like to keep things social. However, they're also ideal for adding a little privacy to larger kitchen/diners. You always have the option to raise a thin wall above the extending countertop, essentially cutting off the kitchen area with the gap at the end left for an entrance. This is ideal if you want to keep the kitchen and dining area separate without spending lots of money.