Tiny House Kitchen Part 2: Sink and Counter Station

Marc Bilodeau/ Building, Tiny House

The kitchen is one of the most important areas in any house. It has to be functional and flow naturally. Cooking, cleaning, and preparing are essential parts of a kitchen’s work flow. Therefore, the use and location of the stove, sink, refrigerator, and storage are paramount. Since space is a premium, every precious inch in a tiny house kitchen must cater to the cook’s needs.

This tiny house has a galley kitchen. A galley kitchen has a narrow passage between two parallel counters. Typically, one wall features a cooking station that may contain appliances such as a stove and microwave. The other side generally has the sink and other cleaning components. Both sides have storage for each station.

Tiny House Galley Kitchen with Cooking Station and Sink Station

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The Tiny House Kitchen Sink and Plumbing

This side of the kitchen contains the plumbing mechanics underneath the counter. The space caters to the layout of the plumbing and maximize potential storage areas both above and below the sink.

The plumbing in the tiny house is hidden under the sink side

The right most cabinet door provides direct access to all the plumbing components such as the pump, the tank outlets, the filter, and PEX piping. The middle cabinets provide some storage for taller items in front of the 46 gallon (~ 175 liters) fresh water tank.

The Propane Hot Water Heater

The tiny house has an on-demand Takagi Indoor Tankless Propane Water Heater. It is well-hidden and out of sight. When hiding a propane water heater, it’s important to abide by the space requirements around the heater. In this case, those measurements are in the manual and on the side of the unit.

Tiny House Hidden Hot Water Heater

The water heater has ample breathing room within its cupboard. The front of the water heater is accessible by removing the upper right cupboard. This is done by removing the screws holding the cupboard to the wall.

The Tiny House Sink

This tiny house sink is smaller than ones found in traditional homes. However, this sink is large enough to be usable, yet compact enough to maximize the counter space. Many tiny houses have larger sinks than this one. However, it gives this area a balance of sink and counter space.

Tiny House Kitchen Drawer

No space goes unused in this tiny house kitchen. There is a drop down sink drawer for sponges and other kitchen necessities. Perhaps, I found a way to minimize that dreaded junk drawer.

Tiny House Sink Area Storage

You may think that the plumbing takes up most of the under counter space. Surprisingly, there is plenty of space in the drawers and cupboards. Including that pesky junk drawer that we all hate to have.

Tiny House Kitchen Storage

Overall, there are three full drawers, six cupboards, and a drop down sink drawer directly under the sink. Between both sides of the kitchen, I am surprised and delighted by the amount of storage space. It’s certainly more than I expected.

The Kitchen is ALMOST Complete

The majority of the kitchen is complete. However, there are a few things that will have to wait for warmer weather and the completion of other projects.

First, the kitchen counters. I’m not entirely sure what surface type I want. It may be a thick polyurethane or a different kitchen counter all together. Secondly, the walls and backsplashes. I’m still mulling over the type of material, design, and height of the backsplash. Thirdly, painting or staining the cabinets. There is still the question of color and theme. Lastly, the on-demand hot water heater and cooktop still need to be connected to the propane tanks.

Although these are projects within their own rights, they aren’t difficult to complete once I decide on the details. Regardless, the kitchen looks amazing and I’m very pleased on how it came together.

Conclusion

The galley kitchen is ideal for a tiny house. It provides ample room to work within the kitchen, and easy access to the sink, stove, and refrigerator. There is plenty of storage for food, utensils, and kitchen needs.

The most important factors are knowing how one works within a kitchen, and designing a layout ideal for the size of the space and the workflow of the cook. Space is a premium in a tiny house. However, a small kitchen that is correctly designed can be more functional than an inefficient larger kitchen.

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