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Can A Kitchen Be In The Front Of The House?

Kitchens, in most households, are placed either in the back or side of the house. Houses that have kitchens in the back often overlook a backyard, where parents can watch their children play while they cook or watch television.

But can a kitchen be in the front of the house? We break down the locations of the kitchens.

Can A Kitchen Be In The Front Of The House?

Kitchens can be placed wherever in the house. There’s no set location where a kitchen must be.

Kitchens are often set in the back of the house, like the living room and family decor are often showcased in the front of the house. Privacy is often kept in both the kitchen and the first-floor bathroom. This is why both rooms are kept in the back or sides of the house. There are, however, no rules and regulations behind having a kitchen in front of the house.

As mentioned by this user on Houzz, their kitchen plan is in the front of their house.

room blueprint

Houses that have kitchens along the south-side of the house, will typically experience more sunlight throughout the day. If your kitchen is on the side or front of the house, it may early morning or a small fraction later in the day of sunlight.

Also, having group parties in mind when designing or buying a house with a kitchen in the front. Yes, the guest will be blessed with elegant smells as soon as they walk into the house. However, guests will then have to consistently walk past each other to get to the kitchen.

Often times kitchens are positioned in the back of the house, which allows friends and family to enjoy time in the living, and go to the back of the house (to the kitchen) to get what they need.

Consistently dodging people coming into the house, exiting the house, and trying to move food to the living room could be a hassle. It’s a minor detail that could make a big difference if your household likes having company.

As mentioned in the opening paragraph, being able to keep an eye on the kids is also a major factor in the kitchen location. When prepping dinner or mid-day snacks, parents like to keep an eye on the kids that are playing in the back yard. A kitchen in the front of the house would eliminate this multi-taking feature.

This is of course the opposite if your kids are neighborhood kids that play in the street or in the front yard. The kitchen layout is solely based on your preference, whether it be in the front or back of the house.

Can A Kitchen Be Too Big?

There is no such thing as having too big of a kitchen! The kitchen, along with the family room are often spacious, as it allows for more room & organization. Chefs & cooks who cook in a cramped kitchen will often be disorganized and will feel chaotic. Having a kitchen island, on top of countertops to create separate meals can save time.

Kitchens that are often seen as “too big” typically don’t have an island or a centerpiece that minimizes the floor space. If you have a kitchen that seems to be too big, we recommend an island or some sort of table to off-set the awkward space.

Can A Kitchen Be Too White?

Kitchens are often painted white, or the general theme color of the house. A kitchen can never be too white, as the more white, the more it will pop and seen as elegant.

We do however caution behind making it “too white”. Kitchens are typically a hot mess of organized chaos. Splatters, spills, and stains are a common theme among kitchens that have an active chef. Having white anything, whether it be clothes or shoes are always succumbed to accruing a mess.

White walls are not an issue, but we recommend that the countertops and the trim be other colors than white, that way they’re easily cleaned and missed stains aren’t obvious to guests.


Kitchens can be placed in the front of the house or the back of the house. It’s all dependant on where the homeowner chooses to position it. Factoring in guests, kids, and general navigation of the house helps as well.

Open or closed floor plans also play a significant role in where the kitchen should be located. A closed-door kitchen with an open floor plan to the rest of the house, that’s located in the front may be beneficial for houses that have private cooks.

Factor in the natural lighting and there’s an endless amount of room location combinations that can be done. Let us know what your floor plan looks like and if your kitchen is located in the front or the back of the house. Email us [email protected] with pictures and we’d love to include it in our post!

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