Once upon a time, the kitchen was purely utilitarian. Tucked away from public view like a fairy tale stepsister, the room was devoted to food preparation and cleanup. But like Cinderella, today’s kitchen has emerged as a beauty to behold. No longer sequestered to recesses of the house, it’s become the belle of the ball—the room where people not only cook, but socialize.
With this transformation comes a bevy of design considerations. Though you don’t have to completely reinvent the wheel, you should evaluate the space you have and how it functions.
Thinking of Space
Design of the Times
One of the easiest ways to accommodate multiple work areas in the kitchen is to design an open great room. With this design, space flows easily from one area to the next, so a desk at the edge of the kitchen won’t look out of place. Also, the cook can work behind the counter in the kitchen and still manage to mingle with family members and guests on the other side of the divide.
Island or peninsula bars, particularly ones that feature multiple levels, are still popular entertaining hot spots, but stand-alone tables and chairs in a separate area are taking center stage when it comes to daily dining. As a result, some islands are being designed on a smaller scale, leaving room for the larger, lower dining area.
All Dressed Up
Read the full story in the January 2006 issue of Timber Home Living.
National Kitchen & Bath Show Association photo