Kitchen vs Kitchenette(Last Updated On: September 1, 2019)
A Kitchen is a room for cooking and preparing food that is 80 square feet or more and a kitchenette is under 80 square feet according to the New York City Building Code. There are different code requirements for kitchens and kitchenettes.
Kitchen VS Kitchenette
New York City Building Codes identify 2 types of residential kitchens. One is a kitchen and one is a kitchenette. Both are considered full kitchens by any other standard. The difference according to the code is a kitchen is 80 square feet or more and requires a window whereas kitchenettes are under 80 square feet and require a window or mechanical ventilation.
Kitchen Code NYC
- If the kitchen is 80 square feet or more, it is a kitchen and not a kitchenette.
- Kitchens must have a window.
- A kitchen qualifies as a habitable space and therefore must comply with light and air requirements (see explanation below).
- The kitchen Does Not require a smoke soffit.
Kitchenette Code NYC
- If a room for cooking and preparing food is under 80 Square feet, it is a kitchenette according to NYC building codes.
- Kitchenettes must have a window or mechanical exhaust whereas a full kitchen must have a window.
- A kitchenette does not qualify as a habitable space and therefore does not have to comply with light and air requirements.
- Kitchenettes do not require mechanical ventilation if it has a window (although mechanical ventilation is a good idea)
- The kitchenette requires a smoke soffit (see explanation below).
NATURAL LIGHT REQUIREMENT FOR KITCHENS:
A Kitchen must have a window where the glass surface area is at least 10% of the kitchen floor area.
NATURAL VENTILATION REQUIREMENTS FOR KITCHENS:
A Kitchen must have an operable window where the clear open surface area is at least 5% of the kitchen floor area.
Kitchenette Codes VS Kitchen Codes NYC
As an architect I study building Codes and New York City regulations closely, but these are complicated and quite involved. In this article we reviewed some of the basic concepts with regards to Kitchenette vs Kitchen Codes. This post does not assume to cover every possible issue or condition, but provide a general overview of the topic.
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This post was written by Jorge Fontan, a Registered Architect and owner of Fontan Architecture.