By Francille Champion. Kitchen. Published at Saturday, March 09th, 2019 - 07:03:34 AM.
If you’ve been involved in designing or building a new kitchen in the past 20 years, you’ve probably heard the terms ’unfitted kitchens’ or ’kitchen workstations’ or simply ’kitchen furniture’. These terms don’t refer to a dinette set, but rather to a completely different way of organizing a kitchen by using a few specially designed pieces of furniture instead of installing continuous lines of cabinetry and countertops. For some people, a ’furnished’ kitchen is an intriguing idea, but others might say ”Why bother fixing something that ain’t broke?”
Other clients think the ”traffic corridor” kitchen concept ”clogs” up the kitchen with unnecessary and unwanted people. Count me in the ”keep-the-unnecessary-people-out-of-the-kitchen” category. I like to keep the kitchen open and inviting, I just don’t want the extra bodies while the meal is being prepared. By keeping the extra bodies out, the kitchen can be smaller and more efficient, meaning fewer steps between the refrigerator, cooktop and sink.
Keep your ceilings tall by putting in scissors trusses. You can make your walls 8 foot tall, but by adding the scissors truss (peak at 13 to 14 feet) will give you lots of visual space and a less confined feeling. And get a skylight in the kitchen. The opening for a skylight can be much bigger than the skylight itself. Get the opening from the peak of the ceiling to the edge of the wall, and locate the skylight near a perpendicular wall so it will disperse the light throughout the kitchen. Put some ”niches” in your tall walls above the 8’ line for greenery, or statues. Put ”puck” lights in these niches for accent lighting.
Electricity brought many time saving 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.
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