6 Tips for Planning a Great Cozy Kitchen
The number one on our “6 Must Haves” list is a fully functioning Kitchen. Not “only” because I enjoy cooking so much, it’s also about a few other things too. Like Economics, cooking at home is simply cheaper than eating out. Being healthy, you can better control what goes into your body by preparing meals yourself. If you happen to be sharing your home with others, a great Kitchen allows for Connections with your loved ones.
Andrew Odom over at tinyrevolution taught me a new word “passivity” a few months back when he made very this profound statement.
“The cool thing about small spaces is it literally forces us to “brush up” against each other and forces interactions. There’s literally is no room for passivity.”
Passivity, BAD Connections, GOOD!
Finally, the Tips!
#1 Use lazy Susan’s or corner base cabinets as often as possible because they provide easily accessible corner storage and ample countertop space above.
#2 Take complete advantage of the ceiling height by using taller 36” or 42” uppers to provide additional storage space in a smaller kitchen. There more expensive, but well worth it in a small Kitchen.
#3 If space allows, consider adding a “portable” island to free up counter space. This adds additional storage and another food prep work surface.
#4 Always plan for utilizing a wall mounted microwave. This frees up to counter top area for additional tasks. We always use a full size one in our designs, even if the stove is smaller. The trick is to keep them out of a direct line of sight because the symmetry is now off.
#5 Add accent lighting or a skylight to brighten up a smaller kitchen and don’t forget to choose the right paint color!
#6 During the design process consider, eliminating the separate Dining room and include that square footage in the Kitchen. Combining an “Eat-In” or “Breakfast Bar” to a small house kitchen layout just makes sense. The single space will inevitably be larger by doing this.
People always seem to gravitate to the Kitchen for some unknown reason, a good layout make yours both Cozy and Functional for many years to come.
Cozy, Kevin B Harrington