|Re: Unit Kitchens||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: PattyMara (PattyMaraaol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 19:37:03 -0600|
In a message dated 99-01-10 14:58:42 EST, bschaller [at] theriver.com writes: << I'd like to know to what extent people's kitchen needs have changed since moving into cohousing. Do you actually use your kitchens significantly less than before? >> We've been moved in at Tierra Nueva (central CA coast) since mid-August of last year so I have only only 5 months experience. My sense is that we use our kitchen about the same as before. The two common meals we share a week, sometimes three, don't seem to lighten the usage significantly. <<Have you found that a smaller oven was sufficient or not? >> We have Amana ranges with one big oven in all of our homes. I used to have a two oven stove in my old home. I think the one oven is very sufficient. <<If it wasn't totally sufficient, then when was it not sufficient?>> If I ever need another oven I can use the wolf in the common house. <<At this point, the unit in question will have 1-4 people living in it. If you could tell us your experiences with your own kitchen and cohousing, this would be helpful to us as we finalize our drawings.>> Our family has three people, four when my daughter visits from college (some weekends, and summers). It is smaller in size than my former kitchen. We had to add a custom pantry for food storage, and a wonderful butcher block rolling cart for more counter space and storage. It was the "economy" unit so the kitchen is small. The customization was worth the extra cost. I agree with the list member who wrote that the same amount of food and utensils need to be stored, so the cabinets and counterspace can't be reduced significantly. I think it is a cohousing myth that we all need smaller kitchens once we have the use of a common house kitchen for shared meals. The kitchen is the heart of our home, always was, always will be. Patty Mara Gourley Tierra Nueva Cohousing, Oceano, CA
- Unit Kitchens Becky Schaller, January 10 1999
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