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22X17.

A really nicely sized kitchen. We bought the house new, but already prebuilt, with no room for reconfiguring the kitchen layout. I would have (if I were doing it from scratch) taken the space and layed it out differently. I have an "L" shaped counter, with three stools on one side which work well, but the cabinet/stove/frig layout was not given any thought. I would love to rip them out and do over, but I can't justify doing that to an 9 year old kitchen. I do have a nice eating area large enough for a table for 8. I also like that I have a section with two computer desks, so both kids can do their homework/surf the internet while not being closeted away in their bedrooms.

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Our kitchen is about 12.5x10ft, about the same as our previous kitchen. The layout is atrocious, though, and most of that space is wasted. All the countertops have cupboards above, which I find very claustrophobic. So to whoever said bigger isn't necessarily better (not that our kitchen is huge, but the floor looks very blank to me), I agree.

Jennie

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The kitchen in the new house is 15x14, total floor space, assuming we ever get to move in. We were supposed to move in by Memorial Day...2002! Looks like the contractor is a little behind schedule. :angry:

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I haven't a clue about the size of my kitchen, because it's a damn maze that was horribly designed (by my non-cooking father-in-law). There's so much counter space that only one person can fit in the cooking area. The thing is, I have 2 ovens, a grill, a 4 burner electric range, an ice maker, a wine fridge, a Sub Zero fridge and freezer, and a wet bar. Plus, I have a 4' by 6' and a 2' by 3' marble counter for bread and candy making. We have a counter where the L'il Varmints take most of their meals. In total, I'd say the kitchen is 10' by 18'. I plan on gutting it and putting a new kitchen in our family room, which may sound crazy, but actually makes a lot of sense. That won't happen for a couple of years, however!

Dean McCord

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My kitchen is 10 x 8. For a Manhattan apartment kitchen, it's pretty big. Plus I have 2 windows (one looks out onto the fire escape,so there isn't much of a view). The layout is pretty good, although I wish I had more counter space and a double wall oven. Considering I have 3 sets of dishes and 3 sets of pots (the perils of kashrut) I 'm in pretty good shape. Plus, we converted a closet into a pantry.

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Mine is about 10x20. All of the kitchen work area is in a U-shape in one half of the room and the other half was presumably supposed to be for an eat-in area.

We have little counter space and the wall oven is right next to the in counter cooktop, making having two people at the stove rather awkward. Mrs. TJ and I cook most often together and we often get in each others' way. We added a pantry of sorts in the other half of the kitchen as well as a 'breakfast bar' that is really there just fro more counter space and storage.

When we have a spare $30K, we'll gut the thing and re-do it, including moving the two open doorways and perhaps cutting out half of a wall to look over the family room.

Ah but windows come first. :sad:

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I have managed to make due in my kitchen, which is about 15' by 10' (at most). I have 3' of counter space (after sink) and almost all of my cooking gear is stored on 2 very tall Metro shelves that devide the kitchen from the living room. Another problem is that the entry hall, bathroom, and guest bedroom doors are part of the kitchen. I prepair several course meals, and have learned the secret is using the fewest dishes possible and being exceptionally neat and organized.

-- Jason

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Correction: average size is 223.4sf  (including Varmint)

So... How many square feet in one Varmint? :biggrin:

New kitchen is approximately 20x15 but that includes a walk-in pantry in one corner.

Linda LaRose aka "fifi"

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Ohhh good thread, everyone like banal information about other peoples houses...

I'm hopefully (fingers crossed) in the process of moving from a warehouse conversion loft apartment with a kitchen and minute dining space of 117 sq ft (13 x 9 ft) to a weavers cottage dating back to 1746 which has 186.75 sq ft (22.6 x 8.4 ft) of kitchen plus a utlity room of 63 sq ft (9 x 7 ft) to take washers/driers/freezers etc.

Can't wait to move. Kitchen is long and thin, so planning to have a 'socialising area' with a table for 6 and a smattering of free-standing wall furniture in the bottom half near the door, and a 'cooking area' with fitted units and sink/cooker/fridge etc in the top half.

Actually, could do with some fundemendtals on kitchen design, must find time to scount the relevent threads...

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12X14 - The smallest kitchen in any house I've had but THE most efficient. I gutted this one because of the god-awful white with gold fleck formica countertops and carpet. It was a month long renovation before I moved in but I go to set it up like I wanted.

Edit: Actually 14X16 - I was thinking in terms of my ceramic tile footage, I always forget counter space.

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Approximately 10'x11.5' and poorly laid out.

Thankfully at this time of year there is also the backyard patio with the old-school Weber kettle grill and a propane burner (great for large paella pans or canning tomatoes).

Stephen Bunge

St Paul, MN

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My kitchen is best described as "dinky".There isn't enough room to swing a cat, as my cat can attest from what happened the last time I caught him on the countertop. It must have been designed by an architect who had never seen a kitchen, far less tried to cook in one. The kitchen cabinets are tiny, unless you count the areas where you either have to get down on your hands and knees and crawl halfway into the cabinet and use a flashlight to see, or have to get out a stepladder and stand on the "This is not a step" step to see into. I really wish that back in "78 when I bought the house, and the builder asked what size refridgerator I had I'd said "18 cubic feet". What surprises me is that now that they are building $800,000 to $1,500, 000 homes in my neighborhood, although the kitchens come with "European style cabinets" and granite countertops, they're still dinky kitchens with inadequate cabinet space and counter space. At best, you could only swing a small cat in one.

Arey

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Mine is 10 ft by 5 ft. hgere in Manhattan. Every time I have moved in my life the kitchen has gotten smaller.

I feel now as if I could cook in a very small galley on a ship. Some times I pretend I'm doing just that.

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Our kitchen is poorly designed. Standing space = 10 feet deep and 4 feet wide. I'm not counting the space in front of the dishwasher. It does have tons of cabinets and a high ceiling (more cabinets). But it's a cheap, cheesy rental kitchen. Nevertheless I cook every night and have managed to turn out some great meals.

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In my first apartment in San Francisco, the kitchen was HUGE--a size of a good size living room. The problem was it was without a parking space.

Late last year I moved into a new apartment whose kitchen was the size of a postage stamp! It came with a two car garage and storage space, however. Anyone who's ever circled the block 20 times every night looking for a parking space in Pacific Heights will understand why I moved.

So I gave up my nice kitchen for a garage----will anyone here still talk to me? :blink:

I've fed 40 people from that stamp-size kitchen though, really I have!

chez pim

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The kitchen in my 100 year old house is 20 x 12', overall, but that's deceptive. One end has windows wrapped across one side and 4' down the other, so that's a breakfast area set apart from the rest of the room by a peninsula. It does have about 4' of bookcase shelves and a marble table useful for pastry making.

The 12 x 13' working end of the kitchen is efficently laid out despite the clothes w/d that eats up a lot of space. Luckily an antique pantry from another house I renovated gives me lots of storage as do ceiling racks for pots and pans. (Plus an extra fridge and shelves in the basement for occasional items.)

Originally the house had a cold (shed) pantry outside the back door that the previous owner ripped out. Sometimes I think of restoring it.

I renovated the kitchen 20 years ago and am still happy with it. I've added about 10' of wall cabinets since then and replaced appliances from time to time.

"Half of cooking is thinking about cooking." ---Michael Roberts

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