Open kitchens are a natural fixture in log homes — they reinforce log homes’ informal quality by letting you treat company calls like neighborly visits over the backyard fence. Working in an open kitchen is like discovering another dimension: It changes not just the way you see the space but how you work in it, where you put things, and how you move to and from them. They turn the traditional work triangle into a quadrilateral.
Despite their name, some open kitchens actually feature or at least suggest the fence part of the neighborliness by clearly but subtly distinguishing working and visiting zones. The same approach works to signal which is the kitchen and which are the rooms around it. Common cues involve varying ceilings and floors, or putting up log posts on the perimeter of the kitchen area — for looks, not support — instead of a wall. But there are additional measures you can take to both distinguish the space and create an efficient design for you and your guests in a log home kitchen. We show you how.
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|5 General Kitchen Layouts
Corridor (Galley) — Storage and workspace are located on both sides of the home.
Pullman — Similar to corridor, but everything is allocated to one wall.
L-Shaped — Storage and workspace fit at a 90-degree angle into the room.
U-Shaped (Peninsula) — Storage and workspace are wrapped around the entire room.
Island — A storage and workspace that can be combined with any of the above designs.
Let your appliances vent. Make sure you have proper ventilation for your cooking appliances by purchasing the appropriate system and locating such appliances in places that allow effective airflow. Planning ahead for such systems can save you costly add-ons later, as well as eyesore soffits. Noting what’s below your kitchen — i.e., mechanical systems — can provide easier hookup connections as well.