|Re: What % of households gravitate to kitchen?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Carol Robinson (carolrslvyahoo.com)|
|Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2006 05:38:43 -0700 (PDT)|
I was part of a discussion this past weekend with the builder of Ecovillage of Ithaca and he also talked about designing those homes with the kitchens "up front" at the pedway just for the reasons you mentioned of interacting with the community at the front of the home and the living spaces more to the back. I had never thought of this concept on my own. When we were designing our homes, one of my top priorities was my "view"; we live in the mountains and have some woods on our property as well. I personally designed my home with my kitchen in the middle with the sink area facing the front of the home so that while I did dishes I could still see the activity in the center of the community. I have my living room in the front and I like being able to see into the community so easily. I have "picture windows" in that I have 2 windows side-by-side and they span 5 feet. If I do not want the community to see in my home, I draw the blinds. However, I find that I rarely put the blinds down and I notice that many of my neighbors are the same way. The home next to me also has the living room in front, however, her kitchen sink faces the back of the home where we have spectacular views of the mountains. So, I guess what I am saying is that the concept makes sense, and my own experience is that much more goes into the equation of deciding, such as views of the community interaction, views of the physical property and personal use of the space that is being designed. Carol Robinson Shadowlake Village Cohousing, Blacksburg, VA www.shadowlakevillage.org Fillard Rhyne <fillard [at] hevanet.com> 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 http://www.fillard.com "We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!" - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ --------------------------------- Sneak preview the all-new Yahoo.com. It's not radically different. Just radically better.
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