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Fad: The kitchen stadium
The distance between surfaces and appliances in this kitchen approaches the ridiculous. You'd need a map just to find the olive oil.
Fad: The kitchen stadium
The "bigger is better" ethos that led to the great room has also helped put the kitchen on steroids. I also blame the popularity of celebrity chefs and their arena-size cooking spaces. While it's true that many post-W.W. II suburban kitchens were cramped and drab, the response has been wildly disproportionate:

The "Dream Kitchen" Problem People think they need enough space to cook banquets for 16. But what's more useful is a layout that lets them pivot from the chicken in the oven to the peas in the fridge to the tomatoes on the counter for a Monday-night dinner.

Industrial Relations Oversize commercial appliances force the scale of everything in a kitchen to be ratcheted up to a preposterous degree. Countertops and cabinets swell to accommodate Nimitz-class equipment.

A Counter Too Far Countertops never have to be more than four feet apart. And it's crazy to think that a kitchen longer than 20 feet is easy to use--you'd need Rollerblades to get from one end to the other.

Great Room Craze Great rooms - the right way Kitchens on steroids Kitchens - the right way Gaudy garages Garages: The right way Porches in the wrong place Porches: The right way Built-in lighting Lighting: The right way
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