What is a working kitchen?
Of course you want everything in your kitchen to work, but a working kitchen suggests a space in which complex, fancy meals will be created, versus a space in which Hot Pockets will be microwaved on paper towels.
In a working kitchen, sometimes all four stove burners will be used at once — plus an oven or two and maybe even some countertop appliances like a food processor or blender.
Design, Not Size, Matters
You may think this means you need a big space. You don’t. In fact, you may have a working kitchen in a smaller space than someone who has only a six-pack of Mountain Dew and a bunch of bananas in their fridge.
By definition, a working kitchen cannot be a vast area, because you need to have a fairly small work triangle — the location of your sink, refrigerator and stove. If you have to keep going into another ZIP code to throw a dirty spatula in the sink, you’re wasting time (and steps, but that may be good if you’re trying to get to 10,000 on your Fitbit).
A well-laid-out galley kitchen can sometimes provide more space than a big kitchen. You’ve seen these big kitchens in magazines. They have islands (OK), TVs (are we relaxing or cooking here?) and typically, tons and tons of empty floor space (wacky). They could double as bowling allies or ballroom dance studios.
How a Working Kitchen Stacks Up
What makes or breaks a working kitchen is design. Regardless of the square footage, a good design can make it infinitely easier to work in your kitchen.
There are all types of tricks of the trade to get what you need into your space without moving walls.
Consider installing a range over cabinetry, then recessing your oven and microwave into the wall, where they’ll take up less space. If you have an awkward corner where adding more cabinets would just make things too crowded, hang pots, pans and utensils on the wall.
Install pullout workspaces under the counters. These are lifesavers during busy times, and you can just slide them back when you’re done. Add hanging baskets, butcher blocks on wheels and don’t waste an inch of space. Everything will be at your fingertips!
When you want to build the best, most efficient working kitchen, call the experts at Falk Construction. We have built hundreds of kitchens throughout the Ogden, Utah area in our three decades-plus of constructing and remodeling homes. Our design experts can show you hot to get the working kitchen of your dreams.