Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Small Space Kitchen: The Armoire Kitchen



Kitchens are an important part of any home. Eating at home saves money, is often more healthy than eating out, and can be a rewarding experience. The challenge of small space living is to use what you have. Not just objects, but the space. The efficient use of space is as important as only owning what you need. If there is a utensil or a pan in your kitchen that you have not used in 18 months, let it go.

Although this kitchen is not suited for gourmet cooking, it is a superb example of efficiency. The Armoire Kitchen by Yester Tec is one of the finest examples of a truly self-contained kitchen I have seen.

The Armoire Kitchen is a handsome maple cabinet. It looks like any standard armoire from the outside, but inside it is anything but standard. The upper doors of the unit fold back to reveal the kitchen countertop. There is a small stainless steel sink, a 2-burner cooktop and a microwave hood. The bottom of the unit conceals a small refrigerator/freezer combo and a dishwasher.

There is no skimping in The Armoire Kitchen with appliances by Subzero, Kenyon, Paykel, and GE. This is some primo stuff that makes my personal small kitchen blush. I don’t even have a dishwasher... well my wife, but she doesn’t count. The unit is not exactly inexpensive — regular price $13,327 and sale price $9,300 – $9,700. But hey, all that kitchen bling aint cheap