By Riva Gracia. Kitchen. Published at Thursday, February 21st, 2019 - 00:22:54 AM.
I am a big believer in the "Open Floor Plan" which has fewer walls and doors, with rooms tied together as open visual space. Keeping the Great Room, Dining Room and Kitchen "open" (meaning no walls between them) help make all the rooms "feel bigger". The wall removal helps facilitate the open communications between the rooms. You don‘t feel isolated in the kitchen when wall barriers are removed, and thus people don‘t have to step into the kitchen to talk to you. They can do it from outside the kitchen zone.
Because its small stature the one–wall kitchen design often lends itself to the use of combination appliances. Hood/microwave works well here as does a range for cooking rather than a cooktop and separate oven. Try not to crowd appliances too closely together. Leaving ample space for cabinetry between appliances will make the kitchen much more functional.
Electricity brought many timesaving devices into the kitchen, as well as many inventions that pulled us away from the kitchen. Due to the innovations in the kitchen, fewer people were needed to prepare meals, so the kitchen lost a lot of its social importance and became a smaller, super–efficient working room. Built–in cabinetry, previously delegating only to Butler‘s pantries in larger homes, now became the best way to shrink the kitchen into an efficient workspace. With more leisure time, socializing was delegated to the living areas of the house, because the kitchen was too small.
As an Architect, I try to utilize the best means of design to make a house more efficient and well utilized for the square footage. In this article, I‘m dealing with kitchen design, and how to make it more efficient in use and storage, make it feel more open than a standard kitchen, but do it in a smaller size (square footage costs money).
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