Kitchen Design For An Inviting, Family-Friendly Space
They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. It certainly can be, if the kitchen design creates an inviting place for your family and friends to sit and visit, or pitch in with the prep work, without getting under the cook’s feet. If you’re planning an update for your Naperville kitchen, design with the idea of creating a welcoming space that leaves you the space you need to move around freely while still being able to socialize.
- Store It Where You Use It – Most people who live in homes where they didn’t design the kitchen are left making do with storage spaces that were defined by where stock cabinets would fit, not by actual utility. When you plan your own kitchen design, you get a chance to fix that by thinking about where you most often use the things you store in your kitchen, and creating space for them in that location. The less walking around you have to do to get the ingredients and tools you need, the more useful and welcoming your kitchen will be. You can also plan spaces like an island or counter return with a second sink where your family can help you with prep work while staying out of your primary workspace.
- Kid-Friendly Considerations – If you have small children or grandchildren, take them into consideration when you plan your kitchen design, too. Making a small section of lower countertop, possibly with a floor riser for them to stand on, allows the kids to do simple food prep tasks, or play near you while you cook. Add a refrigerator drawer, microwave drawer, and a low cabinet for the kids’ snack plates, cups, and snack food, and they’ll be able to help themselves without interrupting.
- Visitor Parking – In many open-design kitchens, visitors can sit at the breakfast counter and chat while you cook. If your space allows, adding another seating area with more comfortable chairs next to the cooking area can make it easier for kids and older people to have a seat and visit as you work your culinary magic. Add a coffee table, and it’s a perfect place to put out hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, or, well, coffee.
Update Your Naperville Kitchen Design
If your current kitchen design makes it stressful and challenging to visit and cook at the same time, the expert designers at Synergy Builders can help. We’ll work with you to learn what you need from your kitchen design and where your current kitchen is lacking, then address each of those problem spots. Contact us to discuss your Naperville kitchen design and build and we’ll guide you through the process of creating a welcoming and functional kitchen you and your family will love for years to come.