Good Questions: 2 or 4-Burner Cooktop?

Good Questions: 2 or 4-Burner Cooktop?

Aaron Able
Feb 24, 2009

Hello, I am thinking about renovating my small studio apartment which I own in a walk-up building on the Upper East Side and I cannot make up my mind if I should go with a two burner or four burner cooktop...

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As many other studios in Manhattan, the space is limited. The kitchen is about 7' x 7' and my budget is limited as well. My refrigerator is in the middle of my kitchen so I would like to move it to the spot where I have a stove now. Even I will downsize my sink from 22" to 15", my counterspace will be much smaller. So I'd like to put two-burner cooktop (I prefer gas) to have more counterspace. I can spare 12". I rarely use more than two burners so I know I can live with this change.

Personally, I'd rather have more counterspace than two extra burners which I will rarely use. But I don't consider my apartment as a permanent residence, and I will either rent out or sell it within 5 years. So with that in mind, which cooktop should I go with?

If you are looking for apartment (either to own or rent) is two burners a turn off? (Are you a realtor who exprienced problem selling/renting out because of that?)
Have you ever lived with two burners?
Have you done tiny kitchen renovation and have regrets about some designs?

Any suggestions, opinions, ideas and experiences will be greatly appreciated. Thank you all. Mia

Our gut reaction: anyone willing to live in a studio, is sure to be ready to handle a "smaller" lifestyle. If we were renting or buying a studio space, we would rather have a nice, newer kitchen with two burners.

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