What makes a good home: Post # 2

As I struggle with my desire for a tiny house and the pieces of what I consider make a solid, inviting, social home, I keep coming back to the kitchen.

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As you know from yesterdays post I love the front porch for the community it builds, and well, I suppose I feel the same way about kitchens.  A kitchen is where you lovingly prepare food for those you care about, a place to nourish the minds and bodies of kin and friends.  A kitchen is where everyone gathers when you have a party.  A kitchen is where you sit down as a family and eat dinner and talk about the day.  A kitchen is the heart of any good home.

I don’t know about you, but personally I spend the majority of my time in the house, in my kitchen.  I'm not sure how to balance my intensely social personality with my desire for a tiny home.  This seems like a bit of a conundrum for me.  I’m an intensely social creature, and the idea of giving up a large kitchen to feed people in seems a bit sad to me.  What are your thoughts?  Are you a tiny house enthusiast, yet maybe you have the same thoughts I do about kitchens?  How does one balance dreams of sustainability and going off the grid with the love of entertaining and feeding friends?

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It’s not important to me to have a large living room, and a huge TV and entertainment center, It’s not important to me to have a sitting room I never use, or walk in closets for clothing I forget I own or spare bedrooms to store more junk in.  As a matter of fact I currently have tons of storage space in my already little home that goes unoccupied, but a big useful kitchen I do have, and I do use.

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Cooking a large meal with lots of tender love and care slowly in my kitchen, is one of the simplest pleasures I enjoy.  Then a bonus is filling the kitchen with friends and presenting a meal that I cooked specifically for them.  How does that work in a tiny house?  Maybe I'm going to have to design a tiny house specially for my needs?

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And it's where everyone lingers over the last glass of wine...

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