Basement Kitchens--Pics Please

Business By lhayes1976 Updated 8 Feb 2009 , 10:51pm by springlakecake

lhayes1976 Posted 26 Jan 2009 , 2:52pm
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I'm doing it. My daughter and I are going to go legal. I would love to see pics of some Basement Kitchens with everday equipment. We do not have to have commercial equipment. Basically three compartment sink and one of them can be a portable tub style sink. I have a bedroom that I am going to convert. I'm hoping the cost will be minimal. It backs up to a bathroom, so I'm hoping a plumber can just connect to that water source. My only concern is stove/oven in the basement. If it is electric, does it need special ventilation? Any ideas and suggestions appreciated.

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-Tubbs Posted 26 Jan 2009 , 6:32pm
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Good for you! I'm in the same position - our basement is a new development though. The requirements here seem to be similar to yours, although I have been told that a plastic laundry tub is not acceptable (due to possible scratching). I like that it's not necessary to have commercial equipment.

With regard to venting, I cannot get a straighforward answer. The Health Inspector said it's not needed, since an extractor is mainly to vent greasy fumes, and obviously baking only produces those if you're really doing it wrong icon_wink.gif . However, I want to cover any eventuality, including being able to do small scale catering in future, so I am going to have an extractor fan over the stove. The vent will have to be cut through the existing wall, but fortunately it's wood there, not concrete.

Good luck with your plans! Make sure you post pictures as you go.

lhayes1976 Posted 7 Feb 2009 , 2:01pm
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I'm giving this a little bump, because I'm really at a loss on how to set-up my basement kitchen. It's a 12x13 room. Would love to see some pictures of home based bakeries. I'm getting ready to rip up the carpet and I found an 88" triple sink for one of the walls. That will basically take up that wall, but I'm not sure about the fridge and the oven. They will be just your basic kitchen appliances. The lady I'm buying the sink from also has a stainless table. Should I also buy that? We will mainly be doing cupcakes and cookies. I need help!

allibopp5 Posted 7 Feb 2009 , 3:18pm
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I can't share pics, because I don't have that set-up, but congratulations! What an exciting endeavor for you and your daughter. I would highly recommend you buy the stainless table (if the price is right)...especially if you are comsidering expanding at some point. Easy to sanitize, great workspace. Used equipment is so much more affordable.
Hopefully someone will share some pictures, good luck to you!

Chef_Stef Posted 7 Feb 2009 , 4:34pm
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Try searching on here for 'kitchen pictures' or a few key words like that and you should find some threads.

If it's a 12 x 13 room, picture something much like what you probably already have in your kitchen upstairs...with the addition of the sinks you'll need. I know I love the layout of my kitchen at home, but I don't know where all the sinks would fit into that space...!

If you have the stainless table available, I'd get it for sure if you have room.

springlakecake Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 10:51pm
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My basement kitchen is about 220 square feet. It is not big by the time you put all that equipment in there. It is not completely finished. I will try and upload a picture soon. Have you conducted all the research involved with having a legal home bakery? If not, I wouldnt rip out your carpet just yet. First thing we needed to do was to get approval from zoning. We then had the inspector come over and give us some pointers, then we went about designing the kitchen. The plans needed to be approved by the plan review specialist at the Dept of Ag. before we began construction.

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