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How To Build An Energy Saving Kitchen

This energy saving kitchen, as shown in Figure 1, was designed by the University of North Dakota, Agriculture and Home Economics. This kitchen is designed to reduce the amount of physical movement while preparing and cooking meals. The design also includes a workroom with laundry appliances.

The overall kitchen and workroom are 18' 0" X 17' 6" and include space for a table and six chairs.

The energy saving kitchen design incorporates modules or work centers.

These kitchen plans have excellent detailed drawings.

energy saving kitchen layout

Figure 1 - Energy saving kitchen layout

Energy Saving Kitchen Features

A. Dish Storage

  • Pull out shelf for seldom used small kitchen appliances
  • Pull out shelf for frequently used small kitchen appliances
  • Pull out shelves for table linen
  • Pull out shelf for platters and trays
  • Cutlery drawer
  • Adjustable shelves for dish storage

B. Dishwasher & Vegetable Preparation Unit

  • Kitchen first aid supplies
  • Tip-out vegetable bins
  • Metal drawers for breads & pasteries
  • Partitioned drawer for seldom used platters and trays
  • Perforated board for saucepans & lids
  • Dishwasher

C. Sink Unit

  • Trash chute & removable container
  • Double bowl sink with knee space under left bowl
  • Sliding door compartment for detergents, can opener & paper towels
  • Knife rack

D. Mixing Center

  • Mixer compartment
  • Wax paper, aluminum foil, etc.
  • Sugar & flour bins
  • Shallow drawer for tools used at mix center & sink
  • Miscellaneous storage
  • Sit-down space & stool
  • Perforated board for mixing tools

E. Ceiling Height Revolving Cabinet

  • Supplies & utensils used at mixing center and range

F. Range Unit

  • Ventilating hood
  • Surface burners
  • Partitioned drawer for pan lids
  • Partitioned drawer for seldom used baking pans
  • Pull out shelves
  • Drawer for tools used at range
  • Miscellaneous storage
  • Perforated board for saucepans, frying pans, lids & small tools

G. Oven Unit

  • Cabinet with hinged door for serving dishes
  • Wall oven
  • Drawers for broiler pans & other oven equipment
  • Partitioned drawer for tall bottles
  • Compartment for storage of large platters

H. Refrigerator Unit

  • Serving cart space
  • Drawers for kitchen linens & refrigerator dishes
  • Pull-out towel rods
  • Sliding door cabinet for serving dishes & small appliances
  • Wall refrigerator
  • Storage for seldom used supplies

I. Planning Unit

  • Drop down desk
  • Shelves for telephone, books & household accounts
  • Drawer
  • Area for children's toys & books

J. Pantry


K. Laundry Unit

  • Sink
  • Laundry cart space
  • Shelves for flower pots & laundry supplies
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ventilated drawer for miscellaneous storage

L. Freezer


M. Utility Closet

  • Vacuum cleaner, broom, mop & cleaning supplies
  • Ironing board, iron & miscellaneous supplies

N. Table & 6 Chairs


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