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Learning Corner How to Design a Truly Kosher Kitchen - Tips from the Designer, Contractor and Homeowner The Fretzin kosher kitchen, which is part of a newly built home features two individual islands and opens onto the family and dining rooms. extensive amount of cabinetry is needed. In most modern kosher kitchens, the cabinets extend to the ceiling to provide the space. For countertops, quartz or granite are considered ideal. Quartz is exceptionally strong and durable. Granite is beautiful, but it requires maintenance and must be cleaned and treated with a water-based sealant on a regular basis. Wood countertops are acceptable but must have a smooth surface and no cracks or seams. Stainless steel is the material of choice for sinks. The steel surface is easily cleaned and tolerates heavy use. If there is no space for two sinks, a single sink divided into two separate parts is acceptable. A potfiller faucet above the stove is a convenient option for soups, rice and pastas. For appliances, many manufacturers offer a Sabbath mode that allows the homeowners to turn off the appliance from Friday sundown to Saturday night, eliminating power usage during the Sabbath when such activity is not allowed. Expert Advice The design of a kosher kitchen involves a unique combination of science, art and tradition. Jewish dietary laws, dating back several centuries, have a defined set of rules for keeping food and food preparation equipment kosher, or pure, for consumption. Ritual Jewish law and practice requires the separation of meat and dairy, and the kosher kitchen is equipped and organized to follow these laws and requirements. When planning a new or remodeled kosher kitchen, be certain to carefully design the layout. While most modern kitchens are designed using the classic "work triangle" method of one sink, one refrigerator and one stove installed in a specific pattern, a kosher kitchen has two overlapping triangles and double sinks, refrigerators and stoves. Kosher kitchens can be expensive, so it is imperative to do as much preplanning as possible before construction begins. Material and Appliance Considerations Cabinets are one of the most visual and functional elements of any kitchen. In a kosher kitchen, there are duplicates of almost everything, including dishes, bowls, pots and pans, silverware and glassware. Obviously, significant storage will be needed for all of these items, so an 62 + K BB David Wytmar, AIA, an architect and partner in Groundwork, Ltd. of Buffalo Grove, Ill., has extensive experience in designing kosher kitchens. "There are some kitchens that are designed to look impressive but are used sparingly," said Wytmar. "However, when a kosher kitchen is required, it will surely see a lot of use. Kosher kitchens serve both a large family and an extended family. The kitchen's design must be tailored to how it is used and how the family functions, and that means fully understanding the family's dynamics." How do family dynamics figure into the kitchen's design? "From a functional standpoint, the non-cooking activity must be kept clear of the cooking activity," he continued. "Does the 'chief cook' want other people in the kitchen or not? This determines if there is a seating area in the kitchen for people who are not cooking and how close they should be to the action. Then a finer distinction must be made. Within the cooking area, does the primary cook prefer to work alone or share the tasks with others? For example, an island can serve as a buffer between the cook and everyone else. In simple terms, form follows kitchen." As a mother of five school-age children, Robbie Fretzin spends much of her time cooking in her kitchen. She recommends that a kosher kitchen be designed with the most commonly used workstations within easy reach. November/December 2013 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

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KBB - November/December 2013
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Celebrity Design with...Martha Stewart
Industry Viewpoint
Business Practice
Product Innovator Awards
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Trends
Products
Timeless Update
Flexible Function
Solutions
Learning Corner

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