- Kitchenette: A small kitchen or alcove containing cooking facilities.
- Wet Bar: A bar for mixing drinks that contains a sink with running water.
- Cooking Facilities: Fixed or built-in range, cook top, oven, microwave, or convection oven.
-Fixed Appliance: When attached to a cabinet, shelf or other surface or to a gas supply.
-Built -In Appliance: When cabinetry design or location of utilities (i.e.. gas supply or 220V electrical outlets) creates a dedicated shelf or space for the appliance.
So, if a break room has "cooking facilities" within, then it is a kitchen.
If it is a kitchen and has a cook top or a range, then a knee space at the sink will be required.
But if the break room has a built in microwave or oven, then it will still be considered a "kitchen" but now the sink can take the exception and have a parallel approach rather than a front approach.
This break room has a microwave on top of the counter. This is not considered a "fixed cooking facility", therefore this space is not a 'kitchen" and the sink will require a knee space.
If our space is not a true kitchen based on the definition, then if there is storage located within, it must comply only with Scoping 225 which says that at least one of the storage units must comply with 811 and be within reach range. This is important, because if we truly have a kitchen, there would be many more requirements associated with them. See the next entry for those.