Kitchen Floor Plan
I ought to be grateful to have this floor plan. It could have been worse except that I just realised today that our switch box will be at the very place I planned to place a shoe cabinet to go wit the intended genkan (what’s that?).
Overall Kitchen Plan
I was pretty dismayed for a while (about the foiled shoe cabinet plan) until I sketched out my kitchen plan to work around this:
Some of my priorities for the kitchen are
– To open up the kitchen for natural lighting / ventilation and save on electricity for artificial lighting and ventilation.
– To make spaces and fittings as multi-functional as possible
– To minimise cleaning
Turns out, it’s quite a good thing that our switch box is located where it is, because it means that I won’t put shoes next to food. :X
For lighting and ventilation, nothing beats having nothing to obstruct these two natural, living elements. I kept the food preparation / cook food landing area (right “above” dining area) close to the dining area and right beside the stove so that it will be easy for me to make preparations for cooking, pass cooked food over for somebody to move it to the dining table as well as for use as a kitchen island (sort of), in cases where somebody needs to help with the preparation (e.g baking with Joy, she can stand at the dining area). If you notice, the “kitchen island” is also right opposite the oven.
I use my multi-level steamer for every meal (I don’t need a rice cooker) and I see myself using the Airfryer very often too, so they get to stay on the countertop. Sketch is not drawn to scale of course, there should be sufficient space between the appliances for me to temporarily place food to be cooked / food that has been cooked. Again, cooked food can also be placed right on the “kitchen island” for passing over to the dining table.
We should be cooking things like steak (oh the smoke!) and other types of food I prefer to cook the conventional way, plus I have a husband who is super OCD, so a divider is necessary for us. We could do a glass partition but I wanted something that we can open up when closing off the wet kitchen is not necessary hence the idea of sliding doors.
For sliding doors, I expect to have to install tracks on the floor but hope to keep the countertop at the stove side continuous to maximize space usage. My guess is I’ll have to find a way to fix a mini draw down blind (taobao has everything!) by the side of the stove.
The fridge was put beside the sink for work flow purposes. My experience is marketing –> sink –> fridge and fridge –> sink –> eat / prep. So for me, it makes most sense to group the fridge with the sink and have some space between them to place things. Also, (at the moment) I prefer to have concrete support for my sink, so that all the splashing around will not destroy any woodwork hence, it’s best that the sink stands on it’s own. Another reason for the sink location is because I have reasons to believe that the plumbing will be there by default. We will be hacking the walls to our service yard and installing sliding doors as well, this way, my kitchen sink tap can be made extendable and be used to fill my laundry room sink for any articles of clothing that need soaking.
On the stove side, it’s very simple, I have a space for placing anything I need beside the stove. Pots and pans will probably go underneath, some commonly used sauces will get countertop space.
Portioning off the wet kitchen in this was also ensures that if/when I do smoke the kitchen out with cooking, there is no need to clean the entire kitchen, just the wet kitchen area will do.
I haven’t really planned what specific content goes in which where but some of those I have thought of are scribbled on the sketch.
Does anybody have any good suggestions? I’d love to hear about your kitchen planning experiences!
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