Entries from June 2012 ↓

Types of kitchen – part 1


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First considerations

How will the kitchen be used and by whom. What are the clients’ particular requirements, if any. While considering these requirements, remember that the basic layout of the kitchen may last considerably longer than the present occupiers of the house and, therefore, should not be so idiosyncratic as to devalue the property. For instance, although it is common knowledge that kitchens are frequently ripped out and revamped, the general disposition of the entrance door, main window, position of sink and cooker if needing a flue, will largely condition future layouts unless substantial re-building is undertaken.

Questions to be asked

  • • How many people will the kitchen serve.
  • • Will all meals be served and eaten within, or adjoining the kitchen
  • • Or should there be a ‘breakfast bar’ in the kitchen with a more extensive dining area nearby.
  • • Is the person, who does most of the kitchen, tidy and able to work in a relatively compact area, or would they prefer a more generous layout.
  • • Do the clients have a once-a-month massive shop, and therefore require a large area of food storage, or even a separate larder.
  • • Or do they live conveniently near shops and buy food frequently, and can therefore manage with a relatively small area of food storage. Continue reading →

Naval kitchen


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For sailing fanatics who can’t live without their boats, the Marecucina kitchen by Alno brings all the best maritime design to the home. The German design company decided to add a little fun to cooking time by producing a kitchen that resembles a ship.

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History of the Kitchen – Post World War II


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After World War II, servants, for all but the grandest household, had largely disappeared, having been called up for active service and finding more lucrative employment in industry when returning home. As has been shown, the introduction of efficient labour-saving devices and ergonomically designed kitchens had taken away a large part of the drudgery of kitchen chores. Now, however, the housewife, often left alone for much of the day, felt isolated from the rest of the house.

Was it necessary for the kitchen to be so isolated. Efficient extractor fans dealt effectively with eliminating smells. With cabinets well made with hardwearing, easily cleaned surfaces, the kitchen began to be a room to be proud of and a status symbol in its own right. As early as 1934, Frank Lloyd Wright joined the kitchen, called by him ‘the work space’, to the living room. For the first time we are allowed discrete glimpses of the kitchen through a low-height partition of open shelves. Continue reading →