The "Two Kitchen" Home of the Future

Integrating Appliances into a Kitchen Plan

Course Description

Designers know the kitchen is the heart of the home ... however, an intriguing trend is emerging – for many homes, a second support kitchen is being requested.

  • New homes are being designed and existing structures renovated to include an integrated apartment featuring a separate entrance and its own kitchen for multi-generational families. Separate structures called ADUs are being built to accommodate family members or provide rental income.
  • Families who entertain frequently are clamoring for separate prep kitchens to support catering pre-dinner needs, as well as clean-up focused pantry-type separate kitchen spaces.
  • Homeowners are requesting refreshment centers, a place to escape (the “Man Cave”), “morning kitchens” as part of an owner’s bedroom suite. These areas have appliance/water elements.
  • Consumers are requesting separate specialized cooking areas reserved for the preparation of traditional favorite dishes best cooked in a controlled environment.

To plan such spaces designers need to increase their skillset when creating these separate kitchen-like spaces. They need to expand their initial interview questioning, employ new creative approaches to space management, be more familiar with tall cabinet storage systems, and increase their understanding of emerging appliance engineering technologies.


Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS
Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS
Ellen Cheever and Associates

Posted: November 2014
Sponsor: Jenn-Air
Subjects: Kitchens
Cost: Free of Charge
* Quiz required for AIA and IDCEC

Learning Objectives

  1. You will be introduced to new interview questions to be asked in the early planning stage to help you gather information needed to create these secondary spaces.
  2. You will be exposed to a creative gallery of small second kitchen solutions from new home builders, as well as large two kitchen living centers, resulting in new lay-out ideas for you to consider.
  3. You will lean about very focused special areas considered second kitchens, so you can better identify special planning and equipment needs for these unique kitchen spaces.
  4. You will receive technical information about new appliances innovations and placement ideas appropriate for secondary kitchen spaces, so you will be more familiar with the wide gamut of equipment available today.
  5. You will review new tall storage systems specifically designed to increase shelf space, expanding your casework knowledge.

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