2. Consider the needs of pets and kids
If you have pets or children, you will want to take their needs into account. As the central hub of most homes, it’s not surprising that kids and pets are regular fixtures in kitchens, so it only makes sense that you would want a space that works for them too. Here are a few things to think about when designing a kitchen that considers the needs of pets and children:
- Materials and finishes that are stain- and slip-resistant
- Countertop profiles that aren’t overly sharp
- Sightlines to children’s play area
- Feeding station for pets
- Spaces to eat and do homework, including homework on computer
Safety is a key consideration for families with young children. For many families, this means first and foremost, designing a kitchen that allows parents to supervise their children while they play nearby. An open concept kitchen with an adjacent great room tends to be the most common solution for this. It also provides lots of opportunity to develop useful spaces for casual eating and homework.
And when it comes to pets, you will never regret putting thought into the smart design of a feeding station. Pet food can be smelly and unsightly. It can also take up a lot of space. A well-conceived area that provides ample storage will ultimately make your kitchen appear cleaner and less cluttered.
3. Take into consideration the importance of adjacent rooms
There may be islands in kitchens, but kitchens themselves are not islands. In other words, they are attached to other rooms or spaces in the home. Because they are located in such close proximity, they should be considered in the overall design strategy. These spaces may include:
- Living/ great room
- Bar area
- Laundry room
- Outdoor space
Why is it important to think about these secondary (but no less important) spaces, you ask? Well, for one – cost savings. There’s a very good chance that you will save money in the long run by including these adjacent rooms to the overall cost of your kitchen renovation. In many instances, the same materials used in the kitchen will be used for these spaces—in an effort to achieve a cohesive look and feel. As well, cost savings can be realized by addressing the electrical and plumbing needs of the kitchen and its adjoining rooms at the same time.
These rooms can also be useful from a storage perspective. A pantry for instance can accommodate small kitchen appliances that would otherwise take up space on a kitchen counter. A laundry room can be used to house linens such as tablecloths, tea towels and placemats. And your mudroom may end up being the best place for your home cleaning supplies.
Finally, never let outdoor space be an afterthought when designing a kitchen. From something as small as capturing the best view from the kitchen sink, to building a grand deck that flows seamlessly from the kitchen and provides the perfect summer entertaining space, outdoor space should always be a part of any good kitchen design plan.
Know that functionality is your friend
You can never over-plan for a functional kitchen. The more thought you put into it, the sounder your investment will be. Do you want your kitchen to look good and work well? Of course, you do!
Contact us and we will happily start you on the course to achieving the kitchen of your dreams.