Dirty kitchens, also known as a back kitchen or caterer’s kitchen, keep the main kitchen clean and provide a separate space for cooking and food prep. This allows the main kitchen to be utilized as an area for entertaining and socializing while the dirty kitchen can be used for cooking and storing food and cooking supplies. While dirty kitchens may not be feasible to work into every existing floor plan, building a dirty kitchen may be an ideal solution for serious home chefs or individuals who entertain regularly.

Considerations for a dirty kitchen include major appliances such as a refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher; a large and small sink; extensive counter space and cabinets, easy-to-clear floors and countertops, a strong exhaust fan or range hood, and task lighting.

Learn about the purpose of a dirty kitchen and design considerations.

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