No counters in my kitchen? | FARMHOUSE VERNACULAR

No counters in my kitchen? | FARMHOUSE VERNACULAR

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FACT: Horizontal spaces collect clutter.
FACT: Less horizontal surfaces collect less clutter.

CONCLUSION: I want the absolute MINIMUM amount of work surfaces in my kitchen that will still let me carry on with most of my meal-making.

The question becomes exactly how much space is that? Today’s video dives into a deep analysis on exactly how much surface area I need to make my meal, how much surface area I can add to the kitchen through clever counter hacks, and what my plans are for minimizing the horizontal surfaces and therefore the clutter in my kitchen. Enjoy!

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The Efficient Kitchen By Georgie Boynton Child
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An Ideal Kitchen By Maria Parloa
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TIME STAMPS
0:00 Intro
0:45 Counterspace
3:20 Practical Research
8:20 Analysis
9:40 New Kitchen Layout
16:00 Conclusion
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50 Comments

  1. Linda Lesher on November 9, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Oh yes they do collect clutter!!! My husband and adult kids are clutter bugs!!

  2. Bev True on November 9, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I used to have a small amount on space on EACH side of my stove. Moved stove all the way to the end and got a huge amount of counter space to work with. Also put all appliances into the closet that has plugs, (toaster, can opener, microwave) so everything could be useable in the closet yet no crap on counter. Yay.

  3. Nanci Nicholas on November 9, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Was wondering about the height of your work table ? Is it a regular table drop leaf height or taller ?

  4. Chris Hobson Whalen on November 9, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    For the drop leaf table what kind of finish would you put on the top to protect the wood? I have a beautiful drop leaf that this would work perfectly for but it was my late sister’s and I wouldn’t want to damage it, but she would love the fact that it was being used everyday.

  5. Katherine Hamar on November 9, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    I love this. This is concrete Kitchen process evaluation… This makes me happy! Did I mention I love this? Because I love this. … also, you have just saved me $2,000 in quartz. You are my kitchen’s hero!

  6. Willow River Ranch on November 9, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    So, to make lasagna, I need space to roll out the dough for the noodles. It ends up very long before it’s cut into more manageable sized and placed into boiling water. I’ve been watching your videos, and I think I actually need two stoves (I cool with large pans, and to fit two on one stove at a time causes uneven cooking in them because burners are too close together on 30” stoves), and I need a large prep (mixing zone?) between the sink and the stoves. This would be useful when doing canning as well. I could run more canners at once and have more space to still cook a small meal while allowing jars to cool for 24hrs.

  7. Tami Vega on November 9, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Beautiful, smart lady + engineer = revolution in kitchen design! Big house, big kitchen, god awful situation! Practicaly need rollerskates to get from refri. to stove to sink and back. I was a realtor. One thing I always did when touring a new listing look in the zillion cabinets… usually 2/3 were either empty or storing junk or non-kitchen stuff. Cabinets for show… and counters under them to clutter up? Crazy. My big lesson was when I lived in Costa rica and had about 6 ft of counter! Worked fine. You prep every thing one at a time anyway. Bake pies, put on table to cool. Then get turkey in oven, then peel potatoes at sink put in pot on stove. Etc. Also big ole kitchen attracts people to stand around and get in the way. Smaller area fewer people underfoot.

  8. Connie Pleasant on November 9, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    I think this was so fun watching you figure this out. I work in a 7 foot, one-sided kitchen and about 15” is the most common size space I use to cook ALL meals. Two of us can be in the kitchen because it’s one-sided and I also have a small front in the front of the counter top oven for extra prep. I also think all of this depends on your natural ability to get really creative with meals. Living small is a very different mind set. This was a very cool video and obviously your home is not small but it will suit your needs. 💕🥘

  9. T&M2021 on November 9, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I LOVE your channel! Love this video! New subscriber 😁

  10. Ginger Monette on November 9, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Love the concept of actually thinking about how much space you NEED, then planning the space accordingly rather than just ‘get me all the counter space possible.’ Another idea people may not think about is looking at your counter spaces and thinking ‘what do I do at this space’ and then use the cabinets above and below to store the things that go with those tasks. For example, the counter space next to the fridge is used for making a sandwich since so much sandwich making stuff is in the fridge. So I’d want to store plates right in that area.

  11. Bridget Koerber on November 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Do you have (want) children? The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

  12. Pamela Selwyn on November 9, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    I essentially agree, but where are the cutting boards for all the veggies?

  13. Linda Lesher on November 9, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Very interesting!!

  14. Craig Burwell forge and Outdoors on November 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Why are you using non-stick pots and pans

  15. Little Country Cabin on November 9, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Wow! You just answered so many of my questions! Some I didn’t even know I had🤣. We are about to start building a small authentic farmhouse and I so needed this info. Thank you for sharing this🤗

  16. Bill H on November 9, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Had to rewatch this today – just so enjoyable to hear all the planning and analysis that went into your kitchen. Hadn’t remembered, so got a chuckle out of the 10 square feet as more than enough for most of what you do. I had 5′ of continuous counter in a kitchen years ago – so 10 sf. It was perfect for laying out the bowls, prep, food, and such while still having enough space to process the food for cooking.

  17. Theresa Glass on November 9, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Simply put………. “ I love it! “.

  18. Bev True on November 9, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    My kitchen is huge, has GOBS of empty counter space and always is covered with crap. 😰

  19. Laura on November 9, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    I have less than 10sf of counterspace and I’ve hosted Christmas and Thanksgiving from my kitchen. It’s totally doable. You just can’t have absolutely everything on the counter at once 🙂

  20. Hayden Knight Weiler on November 9, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Extremely helpful! Gonna put these ideas into practice:)

  21. Bather on November 9, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    How did you know about my messy coffee table?!

  22. Lemonz1989 on November 9, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Clutter on horizontal spaces?! I feel personally attacked… 🤭

  23. Trudy Prutzman on November 9, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Hi, May I ask what are the dimensions of your pantry?

  24. Madame Cherri on November 9, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    why i feel like im watching a victorian time video? god bless yt!

  25. T.J on November 9, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    No sex on the counter? Lol jk

  26. Ibrahim Saleh on November 9, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    HAIR 🤢

  27. brette marcum on November 9, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Insane = canning

  28. Julie Norman on November 9, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Just found your channel and currently binge watching! I so love the smart kitchen designs of the past, they make so much sense. I’ve often gone to Home Depot and looked at the freestanding tool chests, and thought they’d make great freestanding kitchen pieces, lol. This is so much classier.

  29. Danielle Beck on November 9, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Wow! Thank you for demonstrating how to figure out how much counter space one requires. I’d love for you to come engineer my kitchen…. We would for sure fall into the insane amount of food roughly 90% of the time. We have 8 young children, live rural and 99% of our food is field to table. We raise and butcher our own meat, grow and mill our own grain, grow and preserve our own fruits and vegetables. There are usually between 1 & 6 child size helpers in the kitchen with me and our eat in kitchen also serves as a homeschool room. Because I get to teach and prepare food at the same time.

  30. Rachel Parks on November 9, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    I’m moving into an antique style apartment that doesn’t have counters. Not by my choice, but because it’s cheap… there’s literally a farmhouse sink, freestandingn stove and fridge, and a large walk in pantry

  31. A on November 9, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    You are amazing! If i ever remodel a kitchen i will always reference this video. 😁

  32. chelsea lanae on November 9, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Im pretty sure your my spirit animal (woman???).

    I have been trying to find the words to why I hate my kitchen and why so many kitchens don’t function for me and you put into words everything I have ever wanted in a kitchen and explained so well why modern kitchens dont work for me.

    I cant believe i just found your vlog!!

  33. Eatie Alottie on November 9, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    THIS is the video that people need to watch if they are considering kitchen designs or layouts. Consider me impressed. 10x more functional and actionable information than 99.99% of other so-called ‘interior-design’/’kitchen tips’ video on youtube. I have been trying to figure out the kitchen design for my own home, and have scoured the internet for information, and have not found another video so detailed and thought-out.

    I came here from your "neutral colors" video, and will definitely be going through all your video for knowledge and to learn how to THINK about design. A lot of videos out there are just ‘tips’ that just follow trends and are not actionable for actual living in.

    The intelligence and creativity you applied to your designs is impressive.

  34. Maria Silva on November 9, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    I don’t agree with you, more counter space, more everything by hand, more functional, more organization.

  35. Blessed American on November 9, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Many restaurants use extremely small spaces to prepare meals for hundreds of people a day.

  36. Farmhouse Vernacular on November 9, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    What do you think? Could you deal with less counter space??

  37. Robert E on November 9, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    This look needs to stay

  38. Amy Brown on November 9, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    A Pinterest search on unfitted kitchens led me to finding your channel, and I am thrilled! You are amazing.

  39. Kristen Daniels on November 9, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    So I happened to stumble across your channel while looking for Canning Kitchen layouts. My goal for my future home will have its own self contained kitchen for the soul purpose of food preservation. Whether it is canning, dehydrating, freeze drying, vacuum sealing, etc. for sanitary reasons as well as having the perfect layout for processing. I see so many videos where homesteaders are plucking their freshly canned, scalding hot jars and walking it clear across the kitchen to another counter to cool off for 24 hours. I can tell you just watching that gives me a full on anxiety attack! But until my future home with a properly laid out kitchen and Canning Kitchen happens I have my extremely small galley kitchen that I need to make more efficient so I can work smarter not harder. I am not even 2 minutes into this video when I had to stop the video and make the comment of "AMEN Sista! and PREACH it girl ! " Because you are 100% correct in the analogy that vertical surfaces basically just become a catch all. If most people just stop and notice when they are working in the kitchen, they will notice that they have a particular area or a favorite area that they work in exclusively. I am relegated to maybe a 2ft space at the end of a counter that is close to the trash can. (Hence the reason I need to reorganize my kitchen to be more efficient). I would rather have floor to ceiling cabinet space and a designated area for all the small appliances then a massive amount of counterspace any day of the week!

  40. John Gordon on November 9, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    We have been (sub-rural) shopping for over a year. This was very helpful. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

  41. Anthony Armstrong on November 9, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    How many Architects or interior designers watched this vid and had a total mind blown 🤯

  42. Diane Victorian Shabby Shop on November 9, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    You are very practical and I love it. Thank you for sharing, God Bless

  43. Melissa Casler on November 9, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    wish I knew you when we were planning this kitchen…way too many counters and yes they collect stuff magically…

  44. Amaris -uh MAR iss- Barela on November 9, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    I wish I had this much counter space. As I was watching, I measured and I have 1 counter that measures 24"x40". I have a shelf for my microwave.

  45. Clarisa Yutzy on November 9, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    I would 100% agree with you! The place we lived prior to the place we live now had a huge island in the middle of the kitchen plus pretty good counter space. But everything was set up badly the dishwasher was in the island where I had to turn around from the sink to put things in 🤯.
    The house we live now has less counter space and it’s so much more efficient!

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  47. Victoria Lewis on November 9, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    I took your ideas into consideration in my scenarios, and realized the counter space was ample, but not realistically useful. I bake artisanal breads, so that requires a set space for a standing mixer and food processor, proofing drawer, kneading space, utensils and mixing bowls, and cooling. So, cooling can be top of the fridge, but an island/table is needed. Top cabinets are too low for kneading, so that is worktable stuff..beyond standing mixer and food processor. I also can sauce and jam, so a worktable for jars & lids, funnel, ladle, and cooling is needed. Interestingly, the space is like that needed for breads. But jars need more space. So those racks can be put on the covered porch. Basically, you got me thinking functionally instead of cut & paste. Thank you!

  48. Juan Lino Fernandez G on November 9, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Love the reasoning and explaining you put into communicating your ideas. Anything you want to say, I want to hear.

  49. Heather J on November 9, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Ok, that solves it. I’m currently remodeling my kitchen with antique pieces. I have a giant double drainboard sink that I’ve hesitated to use because it will eat counter space. Now I’m thinking I’ll use it!!

  50. Ravyn Skye on November 9, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    YAY I GOT A GOLD STAR! Literally, none of my horizontal surfaces collect clutter. Every single thing on a surface I have is planned to be there. A place for everything and everything in it’s place.

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