September - Free Webinars - The Magnetism of the Kitchen
The Magnetism of the Kitchen
Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS – Owner, Steve Hoffacker, LLC
Thursday, September 12, 2019 – 3:00-4:00pm EDT
To register, create an account. Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.
Since America's formative years, the kitchen has been and continues to be the focal point of the home - a place where the family and visitors gather, converse, socialize, and take their meals. Because of this huge responsibility, the kitchen must be accessible to all who enter the home - occupants and visitors alike. Controls, appliances, cabinets, pantries, work surfaces, prep areas, and other parts of the kitchen must not intentionally (by their design or location) exclude anyone.
The multi-purpose nature of the kitchen gives it added importance and stature in the home, from just gathering, eating, preparing and serving meals, getting a snack or something to drink, having cocktails, doing homework, paying the bills, visiting with neighbors, canning or storing foodstuffs in reusable containers, playing cards, and so much more.
People who live in a home know what their space and access requirements are - whether or not they are fully addressed - but without taking a global, universal design and visitability approach to kitchen design, they are necessarily going to be hampering the freedom of movement of some people who visit them. The point is that they never fully know the physical needs of those who might visit them - invited guests and their plus-ones for a dinner, cocktails, celebration, pool party, cookout, card game, TV party, or other such event.
Typically, kitchens are not created to provide for these challenges well but understanding them makes creating a strategic approach to work with them easy to accomplish and implement. We'll explore the key areas for consideration and look at how a little adjustment will make a major difference.
At the end of this session you will:
- Explain why more than any other room in the home, visitors and occupants gather in the kitchen since it is the core or heart of the home.
- Discover how the kitchen hosts more functions than any other room in the home and how to accommodate them.
- Identify how the kitchen must allow everyone equal access and use of the space.