A kitchen is basically a part or room of a larger room used specifically for food preparation and cooking in a home or in an office. There are different types of kitchen designs and the way they are used depends on where the kitchen will be placed and what the family or group doing the cooking wants to accomplish. Commercial kitchens can be found in hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, medical and office establishments, military bases, and many other establishments. If you own your own home, chances are your kitchen is separate from the other rooms in your house such as the living room, so it might make sense to have one area that is used specifically for food preparation purposes.
Most kitchen designs focus on two main areas: the sink area and the counter space. Most kitchen sinks are located in the center of the room next to the sink area. This makes it easy for the chef or cooks in the kitchen to wash their utensils before moving on to the next section of the table for cooking. Some homes have separate kitchen sinks for the boys’ and girls’ rooms. Other families with small children prefer to have a single sink in the middle of their kitchen so it is easy to clean up after kids spill something.
The cooking counter or work space is generally located next to the sink area in most residential kitchens. This area is usually marked by a long work station with several work stations positioned along one large aisle. A food preparation station usually stands in this area, along with a large oven, a stove, and sometimes even a dishwasher. When food is being prepared in the kitchen, people move from one station to the next making it quick and convenient for the cooking staff in the kitchen.
For some people, the kitchen consists of only their kitchen table and a few chairs around the fireplace in the living room. In these cases, a galley style kitchen design would work best. The galley style usually consists of a kitchen table, a half dozen chairs, and a sink area either in front of, or beside, the stove. The chairs around the fireplace could be rounded or shaped like a bench.
Many modern home builders are incorporating more open floor plans into their new houses. This has opened the market up to more interesting kitchen designs. Modern kitchen cabinets are designed to maximize the use of all available square feet. Having open floor plans in the kitchen allows cooks to make the most use of the extra space.
In my home, the galley style cabinets along three walls are located on the left side of the sink. The right wall is fitted with oval cabinet doors. The center wall is fitted with a l-shaped island that features two doors, with one door positioned at the front of the island. The storage space can be found behind the cabinet doors. Under the sink is an open shelf area that is perfect for storing small appliances, pots and pans, small bowls, or silverware.