Dream Kitchen: How Many Electrical Outlets Does It Have?

Dream Kitchen: How Many Electrical Outlets Does It Have?

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jan 14, 2011

For the last several months, my husband and I have been in the process of renovating an old 1917 Russian Orthodox church into a home. The former altar area is our kitchen, the main chapel is our living room, and from entryway to the back of the stage there are all of three electrical outlets. We're finally ready to look at electricity so our question to you is — How many outlets would you like to have in your own kitchen?

For the last several months we've had a small table in our entryway (right next to a fan, pile of lumber, bottle of ice melt and a planter I planned to finish spray painting before the snow came and never got around to it), that holds our toaster oven. In the actual kitchen we have an extension cord so we can run one small appliance at a time. We switch back and forth between our electric skillet, hot plate, electric kettle and so forth.

When you think dream renovation a toaster oven in your entryway isn't on the list!

This obviously hasn't been ideal, but it's worked to keep fuses from blowing and as long as you don't burn something in the toaster oven, there's usually a nice smell to greet you when you enter. We have a backlog of things that require electricity in our kitchen and we're finally ready to tackle the task of rewiring, but we don't want to sell ourselves short, or look like crazy people at the same time.

We know we'll need outlets for the garbage disposal, dishwasher, refrigerator, deep freezer (when your kitchen is that big you can keep it in plain sight without it looking like an elephant), instant hot water heater, and two or three small appliances. We'd potentially like a spare outlet or two for a lamp.

But before we commit to anything, how many outlets do you wish you had in your own kitchen? Are you always running short somewhere?

We're all ears, so let us know in the comments below!

Related: Look! Hidden Electrical Outlets in the Kitchen

(Images: Sarah Rae Trover)

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