Your home’s kitchen is a room where people congregate to dine, cook, and socialize. It seems like everyone seems to gather there, which can make it chaotic, especially if you’re cooking at the same time. It can also make for a room that is steamy, smoky, and uncomfortably warm. One solution to this problem is to create a wet/dry kitchen.
What Exactly Is a Wet/Dry Kitchen?
Many Americans may not be familiar with the term, as the wet/dry kitchen concept originated in Malaysia. In that culture, many foods are deep-fried with heavy grease and emanate strong odors. To reduce the effect on the rest of the house, the “wet and dry” design was born.
Wet/dry kitchens are separated into sections that are adjoining, allowing easy egress between them for the chef. The wet area is where the heavy-duty cooking takes place. It’s in a more confined and enclosed area away from the main kitchen. The dry area is usually located in the main kitchen area and used for less involved food preparation.
Reasons to Consider a Wet/Dry Kitchen in Your Home
There are several advantages to having a wet/dry kitchen in your home. Consider your needs and wants before deciding whether this design is suitable for you and your situation.
1. Keep the Mess Confined
The wet part of the kitchen is confined away from guests, so they aren’t subjected to the odors and humidity that cooking produces. The “messier” food preparation, like butchering meat, poultry, and fish is done here. The rest of the kitchen stays cleaner, so others aren’t exposed to an untidy environment.
2. More Sanitary
The dry area is reserved for “cleaner” food preparation, including washing and chopping fruits and vegetables. There is less chance of cross-contamination with raw meat products that are prepared in the wet kitchen. It’s much easier to keep the dry area clean and sanitized.
3. Guests Are More Comfortable
The major cooking tasks, like boiling, steaming, frying, and baking are all done in the wet kitchen area. It houses the stove, ovens, and dishwasher. Your guests, who are in the dry kitchen area, don’t get the side effects of the condensation, heat, humidity, noise, and odors generated.
Designing a Wet/Dry Kitchen
If you think this concept is one that will work for you, there are some choices you have in designing a wet/dry kitchen that meets your needs.
Wet Kitchen Layout
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The wet kitchen is where the heavy cooking is done. It must be highly functional and organized to achieve the best results. Features you may want to consider are commercial-grade appliances, like ranges with a heavy-duty exhaust hood, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Include good ventilation, an exhaust fan, chimney, deep sinks, and lots of storage and counter space.
Make sure you have enough storage space for your cooking utensils and groceries in the wet kitchen. Keeping them all in this main cooking area will save you time and effort. It also keeps the dry kitchen area clear and more organized. There are many storage solutions to keeping everything organized and and easy to find.
Materials used should be durable and provide for easy-to-clean surfaces, like tile walls and floors. Granite countertops and a porcelain sink are more durable and easier to clean than those made with other materials. You may want to include an island as well to increase your prep and storage space.
Proper lighting is important in the wet kitchen. It must be bright and moisture-resistant. Installing the lighting in the right areas will make it much easier to find necessities and prepare meals.
There is usually a defined separation between the wet kitchen from the dry area. It can be closed off entirely with a full-length door, either hinged or sliding, or even a half-door that allows some interaction between spaces.
Dry Kitchen Design
The options for designing the dry area of your kitchen are relatively the same as with any typical kitchen design. Since the major cooking area is separate, you’ll have more space to congregate. Think of all the ideas and solutions you’ll have with storage, decor, seating, lighting, and more!
The furnishings and materials you choose for your dry kitchen will not need to be as moisture-resistant or tolerant of heavy-duty use. You can opt for more delicate and fine items to complement your tastes without worrying whether they will break or deteriorate with humidity or collect grease and odors.
Surfaces won’t need deep cleaning as often. They won’t accumulate grime. Your kitchen will stay sparkling and bright for much longer.
Get Your Kitchen Storage Custom-Made
Whether you decide that a wet/dry kitchen is right for you or you simply want to improve the look and feel of your current kitchen, custom cabinetry can transform your home. Safina can custom-make cabinetry for any area of your home that you’ll be proud to display.
Not only is our custom cabinetry beautiful, it is durable and functional. We custom make everything to your specifications from the finest materials, using Italian-inspired craftsmanship.
If you’re not satisfied with the limited selection and quality of cabinetry sold in the big-box stores, give us a call. You may be pleasantly surprised with the vast selection of high-quality products we provide.