When designing basement kitchens, there are a number of important factors to consider, many of which have to do with the placement of the kitchen area.
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Kitchens that are built into the first floors of houses usually have proper ventilation. Most basements, on the other hand, are not incredibly well ventilated. To make basement kitchens safe and comfortable to work in, it may be necessary to install a ventilation system. Safety is also an important consideration, so be sure to have a plan for putting out kitchen fires, even if the plan is as simple as having a fire extinguisher on hand.
In many cases, setting up the wiring and plumbing for basement kitchens is a snap.
For those who are not experienced at working with electrical or plumbing systems, it is best to hire a professional to manage this part of the addition. Those planning on installing gas stoves in their basement kitchens should be very cautious and should have a professional manage this part of the installation. Also, be sure to research how to safely use a gas oven in a basement kitchen.
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Consider the uses of the basement kitchens. If it will be used as the primary kitchen in the house, then it may make sense to position the kitchen as close as possible to the dining area. If it will be used mostly to make treats, snacks, and light meals that will be enjoyed in an adjoining room, then placement is not as crucial.
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One drawback to adding a basement kitchen is that the basement is more likely to flood than any other area within the house. Flooding can ruin much of the equipment that is used as part of functioning basement kitchens. In order to protect one’s investment in basement kitchens, take steps to keep the basement from flooding.