Prep kitchens help you craft your culinary masterpieces while keeping the messes out of sight.
A short partition wall creates a nook for a handy prep kitchen in this Colorado condo. Out-of-sight but easily accessible, this fully stocked prepper has all the essentials: sink, oven, microwave, a fat fridge, and lots of extra cabinet and countertop space. The open design lets in plenty of daylight.
Hidden behind doors styled to match the cabinets in the main kitchen, this tucked-away, 5-foot-by-8-foot prep kitchen has enough space for the chef to maneuver amid cookbooks, spices, counters, and small appliances. The space was converted from a former pantry. Now, says the homeowner, “…you can hang out in a clean kitchen where everyone ends up.”
Image: Judd Campbell & Greg Warren, owners
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This expansive kitchen features a galley-type prep kitchen readily accessible through a doorway on the left. This well-prepped prep kitchen includes a dishwasher, small appliances, herbs and spices, and utensils. There’s more! To the right, another doorway leads to a pantry with storage for table settings and seasonal cookware.
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Tucked behind the main kitchen, this sous chef’s dream features lots of cabinet and counter space that make it easy to start dinners for two or two dozen. Plan generous clearances between cabinets — a minimum of 42 inches is recommended for two cooks. There’s an extra sink, wall oven, and a small cooktop with a range hood to get everything under way.
A prep kitchen is a great place for conveniences you might not have room for in your main kitchen. Here a warming drawer keeps food toasty while you work to bring everything together; a second wall oven makes complex meals a snap to prepare. If you have cooking appliances, don’t forget a smoke detector in the ceiling.
Raising eight kids gave this Atlanta couple plenty of experience in multitasking, so it’s no surprise their “combination room” is multifaceted. On top of being a prep kitchen with a second oven, storage, and cabinet space, this hardworking space is also an office, pantry, and laundry room.
Whether you call it a butler’s pantry, laundry room, or pass-through, this home’s back alleyway has all the makings of a good prep kitchen. An oversize sink, utensils, a second dishwasher, and lots of cabinet and countertop space make this the ideal spot to get meals started and clean up afterwards.