The kitchen is more than just somewhere to whip up tasty food; it’s the real heart of the home – a versatile hub in which a family might cook, work, relax and have fun.
A family kitchen must meet the demands of every member of the family, no matter the time of day, whether it’s accommodating mealtimes, playing or entertaining at the weekend.
“How Much Could I Expect to Spend?”
The cost of creating your ideal family kitchen just depends on the size and the materials and appliances you decide to have installed.
As a general rule of thumb, a new kitchen will cost between three and five per cent of the overall value of the house andwill add further value as time goes by.
Good quality units start at around £3,000 for an average-sized kitchen. Then consider the cost of worktops, which begin at about £100, and appliances which could cost anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of pounds depending on your preferences.
If you are designing within an open-plan kitchen, then it’s likely that the room will be quite a bit larger than your average kitchen space, which means more elements will be needed to create an inclusive feel; ultimately increasing furnishing and accessory costs. But there are some handy little tricks that could come in handy for slashing prices.
“How Much Space Do My Family Need?”
In order to create a functional family kitchen, you need the right amount of space. There’s no point in stuffing too much into a kitchen that’s too small –for the room to work, it must be big enough.
To achieve this, it’s vital to open up your existing space, by either extending your property or removing partition walls to create an open-plan living/dining area.
Designing My Ideal Kitchen
When designing a kitchen with the whole family in mind, you need to consider more substance over style.
For example, if you have small or accident-prone children, then you must choose flooring and surfaces that are stain proof and easy to clean. This goes for cupboard doors too – no one wants to have to be furiously scrubbing tomato sauce stains off their new oak cupboard doors from last night’sspaghetti bolognese, after all.
It’s also essential to consider your units themselves, sharp edges can be especially dangerous for young kids when they’re playing, so it’s a good idea to think about a kitchen with rounded corners as a much safer and stylish choice.
What About a Kitchen Island?
Kitchen islands are ideal if you’re looking to create a hub or break up the cooking, eating and relaxed areas within an open plan kitchen.
A good island includes seating at one side, which should face the food prep and cooking areas so whoever is cooking isn’t segregated from the rest of the family.
Finding the Right Dining Table
Sitting down to a meal with friends and loved ones is one of life’s simple pleasures.
Should space allow, a decent-sized dining table should be included in your thoughts during the design process. But as any parent knows, children are quite accident-prone, so bear that in mind when you make your choice.
Functional Working Area
If you’re planning to create a space for the kids to do their homework or even as a small home office, then it’s essentialto ensure that there are plenty of plugs and charging stations for phones, laptops and tablets.
Family Orientated Kitchen Appliances
Even if you only have small children now, it does make sense to think about your appliances, since those little children will be big enough to raid the fridge in no time at all!
Investing in a large capacity fridge, freezer, oven and washing machine may not be required just yet, but in a few years, you’ll begin to reap the benefits of thinking ahead.
The bigger your family gets, the more kitchen storage you will require. Consider pan drawers and integrated storage.
A pantry is also a great way to separate the cooking and storage areas and will allow your little ones to help themselves to snacks without getting in the way of any cooking.
If you have space and resources, a utility room is a beneficial option for the family home. This means appliances such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers can be stored in another part of the kitchen, which is especially key if you’re looking for a more minimalist look in the main kitchen area.