By Riva Gracia. Kitchen. Published at Friday, September 14th, 2018 - 12:14:11 PM.
In the days before electricity changed everything in our lives, family kitchens in modestly sized homes were large but simply appointed rooms. They contained a solid fuel heat source for cooking (a fireplace or a coal or wood stove) and a built–in sink, with or without running water. Everything else was a piece of furniture. The icebox was elegantly made of wood, as were the central dining/work table, cupboards, pie safes and pantries. The family kitchen was the central work/social place of the home too where family members, sometimes in the company of friends performed most domestic chores and socialized with each other.
The main draw back to this kitchen layout is that it is designed as a pass through kitchen. This invites traffic into the kitchen and as a result things can get crowded. Shoot for a minimum of 4 feet between countertops to allow ample room. Try to keep guests from passing through if possible. If carefully thought out this kitchen can offer ample cabinet storage and adequate counter space. Space saving appliances such as smaller refrigerators and under cabinet appliances are ideal in this kitchen design.
There is no Use of Existing Appliances. Do you have kitchen appliances that you no longer use? It is important to remember that appliances take up the maximum amount of space. And, if there are several appliances that do not function properly, it is time to discard them. You should also make a list of the appliances that do not satisfy your needs completely. For example, if the size of your family has increased, your old microwave will not be sufficient to defrost a large turkey or a chicken.
Use tall, 2‘ deep cabinets instead of overhead cabinets. 2 foot deep, 7 foot tall cabinets (or 8 foot tall) are also known as pantry or utility cabinets. With fixed shelves, they hold over 4 times as much stuff as an overhead cabinet. Put a line of tall cabinets along a back wall, and near the opening to the kitchen zone. By having a 2‘ wide, 2‘ deep, 7‘ tall cabinet near the Kitchen opening (usually next to the Dining Area) it can store all the glasses, dishes, platters, and bowls that you use on a daily basis. People don‘t have to enter the kitchen to get the dinnerware to set the table as you would with overhead cabinets.
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