What to Look for in a Cozy Kitchen

“Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.”

~ Julia Child

When looking for the best Cozy Home Plan for your new tiny or small house, one of the biggest decisions will be what kind of kitchen you will be most happy with. Kitchens are one of the most expensive rooms in a home and they are most likely the area where everyone will congregate.

When deciding on how a kitchen should be laid out, keep these five things in mind:

1. Is it efficient?

Imagine you’re busy chopping up some onions to add to some sizzling olive oil. Is there a chopping area right next to that hot stove, or will you have to walk across the kitchen to dump those chopped onions into the pan? Is the sink easily accessible from the stove? Is there enough ventilation if those brownies start burning? Is there enough room to open up the oven? Can this kitchen accommodate an entire Thanksgiving dinner? Questions like this will need to be answered when you are looking for your new home plan.

2. Pay attention to details

A small kitchen need not be austere. Create personal details like customized shelving, cabinet door handles, paint and artwork.

3. Build up

The best way to create storage is to build your kitchen cabinets up as high as they will go. The Cozy Plan, the Crested Butte has a good example of this (plus a large window sill for additional storage).

4. Stay organized

A small kitchen will work more efficiently when everything has its own place. Envision where your cleaning supplies, brooms, garbage can, large pots and pans and other items will be stored and always put them back.

5. Sit down

Family members and guests will hang out in the kitchen, even if you don’t want them to. The question is whether they will have to stand around to chat or will they be able to sit down and relax. There is a good reason for this…it will keep them out of your way. Add a single bar stool to your kitchen space, or a small dining table and two chairs (perfect for coffee or tea). Choose chairs without arms or chairs and a table that can fold up and be put away. See the Skylight Mountain plan for an example.


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