Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about kitchens. How they are organized, to be exact.
I love to cook and still do a lot of it. So I feel I have a right to rant and rave about how kitchens are designed.
I mean cooking is a very practical, down-to-earth enterprise. It involves a lot of steps. Steps that involve preparation and steps that involve heating. And within those two parts (preparation and heating) there are more steps, like doing something with the shavings from the carrot you just peeled, or deglazing the pan in which you browned the meat for stew.
So, the one thing you don’t want is a kitchen that is badly organized — where things are not at your finger tips when something needs to be done quickly or requires you to cut your onions on one counter top and then move the peelings over to another in order to put them in the garbage disposal, trash can, or container for composting.
What makes me crazy is that when you cut on one counter top and then have to move the peels to another to throw them away, things happen in between. Things drop, slide, move and the kitchen floor then becomes a mess.
But that is exactly how most kitchens are designed — the sink in one counter and 5-8 feet away, across the entire width of the kitchen, is the stove. And I don’t mean kitchens from 20 years ago, but brand new, gorgeous looking kitchens designed by architects . . . who obviously have never boiled an egg!
Here are some examples that I’ve been collecting of new, great looking kitchens that must be a royal pain in the you-know-where to cook in. And following them are some examples of well designed kitchens where the sink and stove are in tandem. Where you can essentially pivot one way from the prep area to the sink and another from the prep area to the stove. No schlepping food across the entire expanse of the kitchen, trying to keep the onion peels from sliding off the cutting board onto the floor. Or having to walk three feet in order to put those cut vegetables into the pan to saute.
I mean how hard is this to figure out?
The kitchen above has beautiful cabinets, amazing views, lovely floors and the sink and the stove are miles apart.
Another stunner and not quite as bad as the one above, but why not just put the stove in the long counter top with the sink and dishwasher? And doesn’t it make you nervous to have the seating area and the cook top so close to each other? I mean I sort of get it. If the stove were opposite the seating, you would have your back to your “audience”. But maybe better than splattering them with hot oil!
Now this is getting closer to what I’m talking about. Notice where the stove is relative to the sink? Nice connection there. You do all of your prep work and cooking in the corner between the stove and the sink. Trust me, MUCH better.
Not sure why there is another sink in the island, but that’s for another kitchen rant. And I love the sea grass rug. We had that in our house for years — wonderful stuff, easy to clean, not too expensive, and lasts forever. They use them in stores in England, it’s so practical!
See that corner? That’s the prep corner. Near the sink on the left and the stove on the right. That’s why all the knives and spoons and cutting boards are right there.
And one last photo of that great kitchen. Check out that stove! Both this photo and the one above are from Remodelista.