It’s safe to say that the kitchen is the nucleus of a homestead. The importance of having a functioning, ultra efficient cooking area can’t be stressed enough, especially for a group of people who enjoy living on fresh and organic produce. A lot of homesteaders take pride in having that do-it-yourself attitude. They carry a certain spunk that stems from years and years of experience, supplying them with the necessary knowledge and tools for home improvement.
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Putting two and two together, homesteads have the makings of a beautiful, fully functional kitchen, ready to whip up some of the most delectable plates this side of town. An Off Grid Life’s Blake Culver lists the most important tools in a homestead kitchen where you’ll be doing anything from cooking and baking, to canning and preserving, even experimenting with food. Other than the typical cast iron skillet and Dutch oven, the post shares how it’s also essential to have appliances such as a vacuum sealer, a food dehydrator, and a kitchen scale.
In hindsight, this is somewhat the easy part of building your homestead kitchen. Concepts, on the other hand, tell a different story.
When designing your homestead kitchen, you don’t necessarily have to limit yourself to classic ideas centered on rustic interiors and appliances that cover a wide range of uses. Sometimes, it’s best to look at ideas from all over the world and customize them to fit your humble abode accordingly.
With that in mind, let’s go on a little trip around the globe and get inspired by these wonderful and practical ideas for your homestead kitchen.
Hanging it Up (Japan)
Thanks to all the hoopla surrounding the KonMari method of simplifying and organizing the home, Japanese kitchen concepts perfectly highlight the efficient use of space.
In one of its blog posts, Real Estate Japan explains how to maximize storage spaces with the use of hooks. The idea here is not only to go vertical when storing your plates, but also in terms of hanging kitchen utensils and cooking pans. You can even use the inside of your cabinet doors to store pot lids.
Going Smart (United Kingdom)
A couple of months ago, Times Connection’s Jeff White featured the top kitchen trends in the United Kingdom this year. The article introduced readers to innovative solutions such as voice-activated lighting, sensor-activated coffeemakers, and motion-activated taps for the first time. This may be quite intimidating for homesteaders, but the juxtaposition of these avant-garde technologies and the functionality of countryside kitchens lies behind its walls.
Going smart in this regard also extends all the way to the kitchen pipes, as taking all the mandatory preventive measures before setting up your appliances, fixtures, and furniture can save you from all the unwanted troubles in the future. HomeServe underlines the importance of being “prepared for the unexpected” so that it saves you from costly repairs down the road. The idea is to be smart when it comes to checking your kitchen’s pipes on a regular basis, especially before planning or actually starting a renovation project. And if that means calling in a professional to inspect them, then you shouldn’t hesitate to ask for assistance.
Appreciating All Natural Patterns (Australia)
A lot of contemporary Australian kitchens elevate natural materials like timber, granite, and marble to create a cozier and warmer feel. This is arguably the closest of all concepts to the heart of homestead, as it involves blending elements inspired by or directly from forests, beaches, and oceans.
HGTV provides a clear picture of how to incorporate a natural look into kitchens without breaking the bank. The key here is to take advantage of new laminate technologies and formulas, which offer cheaper, more viable alternative designs for your homestead cooking space. In other words, opt for patterns instead of actual materials.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning these concepts as much as we had fun sharing them here on Stone Family Farmstead. There are plenty of other kitchen design inspirations from around the world, so if you want to share more with us, please feel free to post a comment below.