Today’s “Summer Kitchen” – what should it look like?
This question has been on my mind a lot lately. As we design a new outbuilding for our property, a new, modern “Summer Kitchen” will be part of the plan. As I’ve searched the internet for ideas, I’m finding the terms “Summer Kitchen” and “Outdoor Kitchen” being interchanged as the same thing. This isn’t accurate. An “Outdoor Kitchen” is used more for entertainment, featuring a BBQ grill island and outdoor refrigerator for the wine.
While this is lovely for some, it’s design doesn’t appeal to me at all, at least in terms of what I’m trying to accomplish. Something less pretentious would be more attractive to us.
The design of the kitchen, however, isn’t as important to me as what the “Summer Kitchen” could accomplish, for our family but for others as well.
When I think of the term “Summer Kitchen“, I think of a gathering place.
The appliances and floor covering aren’t nearly as important as the relationships that will be enriched in that room. Memories made as my daughters and I can homegrown vegetables and make jam from foraged mulberries are what will make this kitchen worth the effort. At some point, I’ll invite daughters-in-law into the fold and into the “Summer Kitchen” as well.
Late nights of stories and laughter will echo from that kitchen, as we work on whatever project is at hand, be it baking, sewing or making herbal salves.
Holiday meals will get a head-start in the “Summer Kitchen” so as not to disturb the primary kitchen’s routine.
Microwave popcorn will be munched on at the table in the kitchen as the kids enjoy sleepovers in the new building.
Superbowl parties will likely happen at our place, as well as teenagers just hanging out after a Friday night game.
Community will be built as I consider teaching a class or two from the “Summer Kitchen“…a gathering place.
A “Summer Kitchen” has always been a gathering place. That tradition will be continued here as well.
The “Summer Kitchen” measures 12×16. The only decisions that we’ve made so far is that we will have the basics of any good, working kitchen…
* A sturdy stainless steel sink, deep and wide.
* Faucet with a flexible spray attachment.
* A ceiling fan and large windows.
* A working island.
* Plenty of counter space.
* A stove and refrigerator.
* Large utility sink besides the kitchen sink.
* A large dining table, quite probably used.
As far as specifics go, that remains to be determined. My husband and I will begin to shop for this project in the coming weeks and you’ll be kept completely informed. Right now, it’s a lot of fun to dream about the “Summer Kitchen” and all the memories that are waiting to be created.