Watch any home show and you’re likely to see either current homeowners building a second kitchen, or prospective buyers looking for a home with a second one already installed. A second kitchen, also called a spice kitchen, is one of the biggest kitchen trends in home remodeling and building today. They’re fantastic for many reasons and they suit many lifestyles. We’ve made this quick introduction to help you determine if having a spice kitchen is right for you.
What is a spice kitchen?
A spice kitchen is a secondary, smaller kitchen in your home where you can cook foods with strong aromas such as curries, kimchi, and fish. It’s more enclosed than the main kitchen, and has high-capacity ventilation so strong odors won’t linger or be absorbed into your furnishings. They are also popular for those who love entertaining since they provide additional catering space for food preparation beyond the view of guests.
That’s not to say the main kitchen doesn’t get used though! The main kitchen serves as a bigger space to host family and friends. Spice kitchens are typically smaller, so some (less pungent) aspects of food preparation are still done in the main kitchen. Other names you may see for a spice kitchen include: wok kitchen, chef’s kitchen, or simply secondary kitchen.
What’s in a spice kitchen?
Aside from the smaller size, the design and layout of a spice kitchen is very similar to a regular kitchen - it will have all the essentials of a kitchen, like a stove, pantry, double sinks, and enough countertop space for food preparation. However, you may see some specialized appliances and utensils in a spice kitchen such as a high capacity exhaust fan, separate kitchen knives, and custom cabinetry for storing spices. Refrigerators and dishwashers can be included in the spice kitchen upon the homeowner’s request, but they aren’t typically added in order to save on power usage and space.
Why spice kitchens are becoming increasingly popular
Beyond keeping odours at bay or having a separate food preparation area away from your main entertaining space, there are plenty of reasons why more and more people are opting to have a spice kitchen in their homes.
Spice kitchens are great to cook in because everything you need is within quick reach. There’s no extra kitchenware (like a waffle iron or crockpot) taking up space and getting in the way of your frying pan!
As spice kitchens are becoming increasingly popular, it’s more likely that they’ll be in higher demand and add value to your home. Plus, having a second kitchen means your main kitchen will be in much better shape when you’re ready to sell.
Some spice kitchens are built outside, which means they’re perfect for hot summer days where you don’t want to heat up the house. Even if it’s not outside, the additional ventilation makes it a lot more comfortable to cook in when the temperature soars.
For multi-generational homes, a second kitchen makes living together a lot easier by having more than one place to cook.
Where do you put a spice kitchen?
Typically, a spice kitchen is adjacent or at least in close proximity to the main kitchen. This is mainly to allow for easy access to the refrigerator, however it also makes serving guests that much more efficient, once the meal is prepared. An added bonus is that the mess of cooking is hidden, so you can enjoy mealtime without having to look at piles of dirty dishes!
A house that doesn’t smell of cooking odors and has a separate space to hide dirty dishes is alluring to many home buyers. What about you - are you thinking of having a spice kitchen in your home?