There’s no doubt that your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home. It needs to work super hard as it is a place for entertaining, preparing, and cooking meals, along with inevitably being a place for homework, grabbing a coffee, and a place to chat with friends.
So how do you know your kitchen design is going to reflect your lifestyle and what you need, rather than it being all looks and no substance?
Before you start looking at materials, colours and your splashback, you need to know what you want and need in your kitchen before it can be designed for you.
A well-designed kitchen is one that focuses on your lifestyle, how you prepare and cook food, the type of cooking you do, and what you need to store and access frequently.
So if you’re preparing to renovate or create a new kitchen, make sure you have your lifestyle and needs as the focal point!
So how do you do this?
Firstly, you need to understand what you need to store; appliances, plastics, bakeware, saucepans, crockery and food.
Then you need to understand how you cook. Are you someone who bakes, preserves food, batch cooks, entertains a lot. A long bench for rolling out pastry perhaps?
You need to work out where everything is to be stored, located in places that make sense based on how often you use those items.
Determine how your waste will be dealt with and what you require.
Then there are lifestyle considerations. Having a dedicated breakfast or drinks preparation area may be needed. Consideration for kids cooking. Ability to have several cooks in the kitchen at one time.
It’s only after you have deeply analysed your lifestyle requirements and needs that you can brief for your kitchen design, and assess the layout and design that comes back to you. Everything should have a place well before you sign off the plans.
Only then can you really start looking at materials, as they can be impacted by the design layout. Door heights can affect material choices along with slab sizes and bench thicknesses affecting design outcomes too.
By starting with what you need and how you will live in your kitchen, you’re starting with what matters most, rather than the other way around, which will ensure your kitchen will serve you and your family for years to come.
Here’s to a kitchen designed for you and your family.
Other related references;-
Why Internal Elevations are Critical for your Home
Kitchen Design Essentials Podcast Season