A kitchen is not just a place for cooking and eating, it’s also a sociable space for gathering, doing homework and simply spending time together as a family. So, with that in mind, here are 6 design tips to help you plan your ideal family kitchen.
1. Choose the Right Layout
Getting the right layout is essential for any kitchen, but your best possible layout depends on whether you have (or intend to have) children.
2. Create a Safe Prep and Cook Area
Many families prefer an open-plan kitchen. It’s important to let your designer know details such as how many people live in your household, the ages of any children, your family’s preferred cooking styles and who typically cooks. This will help them plan a safe and comfortable working environment that accommodates everyone.
3. Decide How You’ll Use an Island
If you have space for an island, think about the ways you want to use it. An island with seating, for example, makes the kitchen more multipurpose. It becomes a place to eat, study, do homework or relax with a glass of wine once the kids have gone to bed.
4. Opt for Fuss-Free Surfaces
Sticky handprints can be a constant problem with young children, so opt for surfaces and finishes that are less likely to show up smudges. Fingermarks are less visible on a matte surface than a gloss one, and even less so on a textured stone or wood door, so consider this when choosing door and drawer fronts.
5. Ensure Generous Storage
Storage is especially important in a family kitchen. As your family grows, you’ll also need more food storage, especially if children start to develop a preference for a greater variety of foods.
6. Look to the Future
Plan your kitchen so it accommodates the changing needs of your family. A growing family generates more garbage, so include sufficient bin space in your kitchen plan that’s easily accessible.
Kitchen photo:1560 Bryan Ave., Winter Park, FL
Builder: Rex-Tibbs Construction