5 Tips for Upgrading Your Homestead's Kitchen


Kacey BradleyAs a homesteader, you already know how important your kitchen is to you and your lifestyle. It's not only the heart of the home, but where you preserve foods for seasons ahead and prepare meals with the literal fruits of your labor.

With so much time and energy spent in your kitchen, you want to make it better and more functional than it is now. But upgrading a homestead kitchen isn't quite the same as sprucing up the same room in a more traditional abode. So, to make the process simpler, here are five tips for renovating your space.


1. Think About Flow

A major kitchen upgrade will probably have you changing the layout of the room. In general, most designers stick to the triangle rule — the sink, refrigerator and stove should be placed so that they create a triangle. This allows you to easily access your chilled storage, clean and peel at the sink, and cook on or in the stove. To make it work, you can't have any obstructions between the appliances. For example, your refrigerator shouldn't be on the other side of a kitchen island, or else grabbing ingredients for cooking or preserving will take that much longer.

To that end, homesteaders have to consider kitchen access to outdoor spaces. You'll want a door or, at least, a window through which you can pass the harvest from your gardens. Once you pinpoint the location of your entryway, map out a place where you'll store all of your fresh produce until you eat it or otherwise preserve it.

2. Select the Right Sink

Once you've figured out your layout, you need to make lots of material and design decisions. One of the most important for homesteaders will be the sink — as a harvester of fresh fruits and veggies, you'll need a big, durable sink to aid you in all your scrubbing and washing. So, make an extra-large basin part of your design. Many homesteaders swear by farmhouse sinks that reach from the front of the counter all the way to the wall, thus preventing any water from leaking between the sink and the wall and causing damage to the home.

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