I have been reading some internet articles, especially this one:http://www.nojolt.com/residential_el...in_guide.shtml
about kitchen area:
Kitchen Receptacles - Code Summary
* In the kitchen and eating areas every counter space wider than 12 inches must have a GFI protected plug, in general all kitchen counter top plugs should be GFI protected. Countertop receptacles shall be installed so that no point along the wall is more than 24" measured horizontally from a receptacle outlet in that space. Peninsular bars and islands 12" or wider shall have at least one receptacle. Exception: Tennessee Code in dwelling unit's section states, The installation of receptacles for island counter spaces and peninsular counter spaces below the countertop shall be optional.
* At least two 20-ampere branch circuits are required to feed receptacle outlets for small appliance loads, including refrigeration equipment in the kitchen, pantry, breakfast room, and dining room. These circuits, whether two or more are used, shall NOT supply anything other than receptacles in these areas. Lighting outlets and built-in appliances such as garbage disposals, hood fans, dishwashers, and trash compactors are NOT permitted on these circuits.
* Kitchen counter top receptacles must be supplied by at least two small appliance branch circuits.
* Kitchen appliance and convenience receptacles must be on 20 amp breakers, and wired with 12 gauge wire.
I read it several time and got confused, so if I have a bar, with both front and back bar and a sink, and a wine cooler under the cabinet, and potential a refrigerator, and lighting fixtures on top of the front bar and back bar, how many 20amp circuits do I need, it sounds to me that:
2 20amp circuit for the counter top GFCI receptacles, one for front bar and one for back bar
1 20amp circuit for wine cooler
1 20amp circuit for refrigerator
1 20amp for lights
What confused me is this: "Kitchen counter top receptacles must be supplied by at least two small appliance branch circuits."
Does it mean the same thing as the 2 20amp GFCI protected receptacle circuit?
At least one 20-amp circuit for bathroom receptacles must be supplied. Each bathroom must have its own GFI plug circuit with a plug near the wash basin, and no lights or other plugs or appliances on these circuits. Where a 20-ampere circuit supplies a single bathroom, outlets for other equipment within the same bathroom shall be permitted to be supplied in accordance with 210.23(A). This circuit shall NOT be used to supply a major fixture such as a whirlpool or hot tub!
So, it is one circuit or two circuit, it sounds to me 2 circuitst needed to separate GFCI outlets from lights and fan, but it also said if other fixtures are not whirlpool or hot tub, then it is allowed, so sounds 1 circuit, just confused.