Today’s kitchen is more than just the hub for food preparation; for many families, it’s the heart of the home. It’s where children do homework or help prepare afternoon snacks. It’s where conversations occur and meals are enjoyed together.
The ideas we share below can help you plan and design a kitchen with your family’s lifestyle in mind.
- Cooking for a family means having more cookware, utensils and appliances to do it all, so maximizing storage space is a priority.
- The refrigerator is Grand Central Station, used at all hours. Ideal placement is between the kitchen entrance and cooking area to allow easy access and keep traffic away from the chef.
- The pantry is also a heavily used, all-hours destination spot. Consider shelves and pullouts that are positioned for easy viewing and accessibility for all family members.
- If your family is too large for a breakfast table, consider a casual one with more seating. If possible, you may need to use a portion of your adjoining dining or living area to make more space for a larger seating arrangement.
- You’ll want plenty of counter space and, if possible, food prep stations, where everyone can help prepare meals and clean up.
- A kitchen island is not only functional for cooking, washing or storage but also can provide additional seating.
- Beyond food prep and dining, consider adding a niche workspace, where adults can pay bills or children can do homework.
For families with younger children, selecting durable cabinets, easy-to-clean surfaces and other long-lasting amenities is important to keep your new kitchen beautiful for a long time. At DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Schaumburg, we enjoy designing kitchens for families that take advantage of every inch of space to create beautiful, functional places where everyone will want to be together.
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