|Re: kitchen design||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lenore (vogelhipacbell.net)|
|Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2006 11:28:26 -0800 (PST)|
I am on the elist, watching carefully and getting very interested in co-housing. When I redid my kitchen two years ago, I could not afford to move walls and had to make the most of what space existed. I did include a "pantry" pull out type. It is amazing how much one of these units can hold. I found that the cost of a "pullout" was substantial and I visualized myself using this panty unit. What I realized is that (1) the unit was expensive because of the hardward and (2) I didn't want to pull out everything for a can of tuna. Insted of a door with all the shelves attached that got pulled out together, I designed a door that opened with 5 sliding shelves and just pull out one shelf when I need something.
Holds as much as a pull out, same size, less bicep work to reach one it. I hope this is helpful for you.
Lenore----- Original Message ----- From: "Jenny Williams" <jlgw [at] cableone.net>
To: "'Cohousing-L'" <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2006 9:39 AM Subject: RE: [C-L]_ kitchen design
Thanks for your suggestions! Our floorplan will be pretty tight, so I don't know that we'll be able to afford (square footage wise) a closet pantry, but we'll have an appliance garage, pull out can pantries, etc. Plenty of storage. I, too, don't want to have upper cabinets on the outside wall. I want lots of windows. We won't have our kitchen on the east, though. That would be my preference, but the reality of our lot is that we'll have more privacy and functionality having it on the west side. It's a requirement in the community to have the kitchen facing the pedestrian street, so we'll have that. Mostly I'm just afraid I'm going to design the kitchen poorly and it'd cost too much to fix later. Do I have the table and chairs, or an island in the middle? Do I have a penninsula, or an island? How much storage do we really need? Those are the questions I keep asking myself. take care jenny -----Original Message----- From: heidinys [at] aol.com [mailto:heidinys [at] aol.com] Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2006 9:56 AM To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Subject: [C-L]_ kitchen design Dear Jenny et al, Our kitchen streams with light every morning, and it is glorious. It faces East; even if your kitchen won't, face East, I'd agree with Ken on windowing the kitchen. We were able to manage to have only lower cabinets, allowing for maximum 'windowage' [windowization?]. We did this thanks to the brilliance of a friend who recommended a pantry. Pantry is essentially a windowless [in our case] closet with floor to ceiling shelves. The pantry is on interior side of kitchen, allowing exterior to have windows. We love the pantry, as does everyone who peeks in. I recommend it. Ours holds everything, almost. In pantry: un-refrigerated foodstuffs, platters, some pots, most small appliances [eg, waffle iron] Stuff we use daily is stored either in a wonderful olde Hoosier or in Kitchen cabinets all of them made up of wide drawers, as rec'd by SV. BTW, while it is a co-ho norm to have kitchen face public area, in our earlier home [I married, and built another house within our CoHousing community] in our initial home, I had my desk face out toward public area. I loved to sit at desk and see the kids run. And I don't much like desk work, so it was an inducement to my spending time at desk. I hope I don't stir up a nest o' bees with this unorthodoxy! Anything else you want to throw 'round, let me know, all best, Ruth J. HirschSteve Faber wrote:I think in an urban cohousing community the kitchens on the "active side" might mean something different if you are trying to be alittlevillage in a bigger village of a neighborhood. One of the issues we had with our Michigan, medium density design, was the compromise of kitchen orientation and getting light into the units. If your kitchenis on the south side of your home. Typically, much of your wallspaceis taken up by cabinets and you can't put in the larger windows to maximize passive solar. Steve On Feb 24, 2006, at 1:39 PM, Chris ScottHanson wrote:Rodney, My view is the green sustainable community must include, but not be limited to the following:All private kitchens and the "active side" of the private dwelling units on the entry (community) side, toward the pedestrian walkway. This allows for "eyes on the street" (pedestrian street, of course) and "ownership" of that street. Safety and a sense of belongingresult._________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
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