If you live in a small apartment or house that didn’t allow much of a footprint for a kitchen area, you may need a compact kitchen. You may also be better off with a compact kitchen if you are building or planning to build a small vacation home.
After all, many people don’t go on vacation to spend a lot of time slaving over a hot stove and cooking twelve course, elaborate meals. So, a compact kitchen in a vacation home may be a great idea!
A compact kitchen often frees up space that could be put to better use elsewhere.
For example, if you plan to build or remodel a vacation home at the beach, you might feel that a small kitchen area would mean more room for a larger living area with a wonderful view of the water.
Smaller kitchens may also be a good thing for apartment dwellers. Apartments are sometimes quite small, without an overabundance of square feet.
If you are a single person, or newlyweds who haven’t yet started a family, living in an apartment and enjoying the night life; you may eat most of your meals out in restaurants. If that is the case, why would you need a huge, spacious kitchen full of big, bulky appliances you probably wouldn’t use?
This may be especially true if you are single, living in a city such as New York, and have bought an efficiency apartment.
Efficiency apartments live up to their name in that they are designed to be efficient, with no wasted space.
However, it seems that many owners or builders of efficiency apartments allot a very small space for a kitchen area, but then cram it with full-size appliances.
This is where a compact kitchen really shines!
A compact kitchen does not necessarily mean that the appliances are smaller, but they are usually on a considerably smaller scale than conventional ranges, refrigerators and silk/counters. Nor does a compact kitchen equal a kitchen that is of lesser quality than a full-sized kitchen. In fact, compact kitchens have all the features you would find in their conventional counterparts.
If you remove a large, stand-alone stove and refrigerator, for instance, and replace them with a kitchen unit that has these appliances in a more compact size, you will free up space that could be used for something else, such as a work island.
Who Else Might Benefit From a Compact Kitchen?
Besides being ideal for vacation homes, condos and apartments, many people who live in houses decide that they may need a compact kitchen, too.
If your home is a detached house instead of a condo or apartment, it does not automatically follow that you will have more living space. Many houses are quite small, some are even downright tiny.
Small houses with less than 1,000 square feet may be more living space challenged than a large, roomy apartment. This is sometimes the case with older pre WWII houses and bungalows.
Back in the days before television, the kitchen really was the heart of the home.
However, in these modern times, things have changed and the den or living room may be the true heart of the home instead of the kitchen, with families opting to eat where they watch TV.
Floor plans for modern homes often have great rooms, living rooms or dens with a dining area included. If your house was built before this phase of eating and watching television in the same room became popular, you may have a giant kitchen and a too-small, cramped living area.
Enlarging the living area by taking space from the kitchen might be the easiest and most economical way to modernize your home so that it is more in keeping with your lifestyle.