Ahhhhh…kitchens. The room we all have a love/hate relationship with. Maybe we hate to cook, but love to eat…or we love to cook, but hate to clean. Any which way you cut it, it’s always front and center in our lives and in our houses and deserves some special consideration.
Kitchens are such public places, and yet at the same time they’re very personal and tell a lot about their owners (or at least the person who designed it). Ask the average person what their dream kitchen would look like, and no doubt they can describe it in great detail, right down to the pot filler. Ask the same person what their dream bathroom or family room looks like, and you’ll see their eyes roll up, head tilt, and after a few moments of hesitation, shrug their shoulders and say ‘I dunno’.
I guess this is because the kitchen, more than any other room, is where we gather with friends and family. No matter how awesome our dining room, living room or family room may be, everyone always seems to congregate in the kitchen.
As the post title suggests, today we’re going to talk about kitchen size. It seems everyone wants a big kitchen. The bigger the better! Or is it?
It’s far better to have a well designed kitchen than a large one. If you are an avid cook and the refrigerator is 15 feet from the sink or stove, you’re going to be exhausted by the time you’re finished cooking.
I have my own theory about kitchens which I’m all too eagar to share. I think they should be medium size, maybe medium to large if you have a large family, are a great cook and entertain often. If you’re building from scratch or doing a major renovation, here’s what I suggest: why not think about how you truly use your kitchen and what items you use most often and purchase the cabinets for those items and those items only? Cabinets typically represent the single greatest investment in a kitchen and can easily cost $10,00-$30,000 or more. Save yourself some money, or put the money into that pot filler, and only buy what you truly need.
What to do with the rest of the items that you don’t use often but still need, you might ask? Design a large pantry that can be outfitted with inexpensive shelves. Simple, but effective. To be ideal, the pantry should be about the size of a small bedroom (remember, I said if you’re building from scratch), but a 5’x6′ space will suffice. This is where you would store your seldom used items…you know the ones I’m talking about. The bread maker you use once a decade, the juicer you bought with great intentions, the panini maker, the wok, etc.
If you’ve read this far and want to see my idea of the perfect size kitchen, here you go:
While this kitchen is what I would consider to be the ‘medium-to-large category’, take note of the efficient layout and ample cabinetry.
What do you think? Do you have a large kitchen and if so, do you enjoy it or would you prefer less space?