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Old 01-12-2020, 08:45 AM
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I just watched the begining of this. I got to where they had 3 ladies mixing on different height counter to determine the best height.

This is where tech comes in. At the auto parts maker I used to work at all of our assembly tables had a small motor on each leg. Hit the button and they go up or down in unison to adjust it for the person working at that station.

My wife is 5'3" and I am 6'4" so our counters are just a bit high for her and too low for me. We plan to remodel the kitchen in 3-4 years when we get the house paid off and will have our counters set up this way. Sure we will lose 6" or so of cupboard space under them, but it should be worth it in the long run.
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"developed by the housing staff of the bureau of human nutrition and home economics"

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We already have a "step saving kitchen,"
our house is over a hundred years old,
and the kitchen used to be in the back yard
so it wouldn't heat up the house in the summer.

Our kitchen is very small but has a tall ceiling.
I am hoping this thread gives us plenty of ideas
to make our kitchen more productive.
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Thanks for that.

Many of these principles are still incorporated today in design. Although Iíve never seen a trash bucket with outside access...
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Many of these principles are still incorporated today in design. Although Iíve never seen a trash bucket with outside access...
Neither had the coons and possums.
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What's the Cliff Notes version of this so that I don't have to waste 13 minutes of my life on some BS!
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I watched the video while having some pizza for dinner, it was interesting from a historical perspective.

Some elements of this then-modern kitchen design reminded me of the house we lived in until I was about 10 (I believe that house was built in 1955) and also my grandparent's kitchen. Their house was built in the '20s, but the kitchen was probably remodeled sometime in the late '40s or early '50s, soon after they moved in and were in full-mode family raising.

Most people today probably wouldn't care for the cabinet bins for flour, etc. because it wouldn't be considered sanitary by today's standards. Of course, back in those days, people did a lot more cooking and baking from scratch, so the stuff would never stay in the bins for very long. But I would say just about everything else they demo in the video stands up well, even today.

That is, if you're more concerned about functionality and practicality, as opposed to whatever is currently trendy in kitchen "decor".
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Many of these principles are still incorporated today in design. Although Iíve never seen a trash bucket with outside access...
These days, someone would probably use that feature to try to break in.
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Cool to see a lot of the ideas are basically used or incorporated in current kitchens. Unfortunately, for some people a toaster oven and microwave are all they need.
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Not sure if Disney Orlando still has it,but they had an exhibit called the carousel of progress.I "think" they had a example of what a "modern"kitchen looked like.This was back in the 70's ?
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Houses built in 70's or earlier made much better use of space,later houses just dont have the storage space,I can remember similar kitchens and the metal cabinets,I remember the open bins,not the small ones but ones that held roughly a bushel of potatoes.
I live in a 3600' foot house 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms built in 1996 I grew up in a 1200' house 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom probably built around 1900,moved to this house from a 1600' foot house 3 bedrooms 1 bathroom built in 1880 something, both old houses had twice the storage space of my modern house.
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It seems to me that they actually had some good ideas. Considering how small the kitchen is they utilized the space rather well.
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When I designed my kitchen, I included two supersized kitchen cabinet drawers (similar to the #2 "wonderbox" in the link below), to use for thermal "cooking."

It is my adaptation of the old fashioned "haybox" cooking style, which saves drastically on fuel. More about this in the link:

https://www.milkwood.net/2015/07/06/thermal-cooking/
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Houses built in 70's or earlier made much better use of space,later houses just dont have the storage space,I can remember similar kitchens and the metal cabinets,I remember the open bins,not the small ones but ones that held roughly a bushel of potatoes.
Built-in's, Built-in's EVERYWHERE in the 70's! One of my friends house was way cool. At first glance there was no stove top in the kitchen only 2 wall ovens. The 6 electric burners were in drawers, spaced around the kitchen.
The master bedroom closet had one small 2.5ft door and a switch beside it.
Open the door and the light comes on. There is a rack like they have at the cleaners, flip the switch to rotate and find what you want. If the power went out there was a pulley system to the right of the door than you could move it with by hand.
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I can remember similar kitchens and the metal cabinets
I forgot to mention in my post above that both our house and my grandparent's house had metal kitchen cabinets and drawers.
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I was raised in a 1927 house. It, had been modernized with a GE electric stove and Youngstown Kitchen steel sink and cabinets.

The raised counter spaces for the work height testing gave me an idea. If a tall person is working in the kitchen during canning season a temporary raised counter could save some back pain.
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I was raised in a 1927 house. It, had been modernized with a GE electric stove and Youngstown Kitchen steel sink and cabinets.

The raised counter spaces for the work height testing gave me an idea. If a tall person is working in the kitchen during canning season a temporary raised counter could save some back pain.

Years ago, I did a kitchen for a couple, both over 6í4Ē. We set the counters at 39Ē high. (Standard is 36Ē)
If Iím designing for a serious baker, I try to incorporate a minimum 3í wide marble or some other type of solid surface at 30Ē high just for rolling and kneading.

Iíve never had a request based on canning work. Why is higher easier on the back?
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