Main Features of Kitchen

What do we need in a kitchen? What are the main features we need to consider when recreating the kitchen of a period-style house?

We need places to store tools, utensils and crockery, as well as foodstuffs. We  need to be able to wash fruit and vegetables, to prepare them for use, cook meals and then to wash the tools, utensils and crockery. The modern kitchen must also provide laundry facilities, and is usually the location for a boiler to provide domestic hot water and central heating.

We will look at each of these in turn and consider how to balance the needs of a modern kitchen with our desire to retain the feel of, for example, a Victorian kitchen.