Re: What % of households gravitate to kitchen?
From: ken (
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2006 03:27:27 -0700 (PDT)
Generally I don't spend much time in the kitchen, so having a view while
there is lower on my list of priorities than things like convenience,
ease of cleaning, safety, accessibility and other considerations.  A
view is nice but not a deal breaker.  If I want something to look at
while doing the dishes or whatever, I could put up a bird feeder outside
a little window.

The times when I do spend more time in the kitchen is when other people
are there with me.  Then I don't need to commune with people outside the
window.  If I want to talk to people walking by, then I can sit on
porch.  This should be signal enough that I'm open to conversation.  In
inclimate weather there's a telephone or community house.

Re: picture windows, I'd agree with Frank Lloyd Wright that while it's
generally good to mitigate the distinction between inner and outer,
picture windows take away privacy.  They're also expensive and not as
energy-efficient or as safe as a smaller window would be.

I'd agree that community should be a seemless part of living, but we
should be able to choose privacy also.

Fillard Rhyne wrote:
> The past few years, I've repeatedly heard people recommend designing
> units with the kitchens in the front, the point being that the
> room(s) where people spend most of their time should be placed where
> the connection to the community is strongest.
> I agree that locating the main "active room" in the front of the
> house is a great idea, but wonder what percentage of households (that
> don't already have the kitchen in front) actually spend more time in
> the kitchen than in any other one room. Are we talking a huge
> majority, like 80%, or is it more like 40% with the other households
> split among the living room, the den, the bedrooms, the garden, etc.?
> Anybody know?
> I currently live by myself (not in a cohousing community yet) and
> work at home five days a week. It would be easy to go stir crazy, but
> fortunately my front room has a big picture window that looks out
> into the neighborhood -- I love it, it helps me feel like I'm part of
> the world. I spend most of my waking hours there as it's my
> combination living room/dining room/office. And even when chopping
> vegetables, why stand at a counter when I can sit at a desk or table
> in my living room? I'm not big on standing. :-)
> Anyway, it would be depressing to move someplace where I still spent
> most of my time in my living room/dining room/office, but said room
> was now tucked away in the back somewhere. And it would be rough to
> pay a customization fee to get my living room up front where I want
> it, and then not be able to find a buyer when/if I needed to move.
> Thus my interest in knowing exactly how common the phenomenon is.
> (Part of the issue may be the distinction between where people spend
> their time, period, and where people spend their "active" time or
> "social" time.)
> Thanks, Fillard 503-777-0117
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