How to Create a Family-Friendly Kitchen

Posted on: October 25, 2017

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home, where families gather to prepare, cook, and consume meals—but with time, it can be easy for your family to out-grow your kitchen. With the help of Heritage Builders, you can transform your traditional kitchen in to the family-friendly room of your dreams.

Before you begin your renovation project take some time to assess your needs, budget, and expectations, to maximize your investment and ensure you create a space your family will enjoy for years to come; here are some great tips to get you started!

Ask the Right Questions

Get the answers you need to create your family-friendly kitchen, by asking yourself the right questions:

  • How many of your family members actively use your kitchen?
  • Do you have pets?
  • Do you frequently entertain?
  • How many people do you need to accommodate during family gatherings or parties?
  • How many family members cook together at one time?
  • What is and isn’t working in your current configuration?
  • What does your dream kitchen look like?

Elements of Kitchen Design

Kitchens are no longer just for cooking; they have evolved into a multipurpose room with space for family activities, entertainment, and technology. Consider incorporating any or all of the following features, to enhance the functionality, value, and beauty of your new family-friendly space.

Durable Surfaces

Although they may be beautiful and on-trend, natural stone countertops such as granite or marble aren’t always the best choice for a growing family. Wipe-ability and durability are key when you’re dealing with multiple cooks, spills, and fingerprints; and quartz or manufactured solid surface materials will stand up to a lot more use (and abuse). Apply these same principles to walls and cabinets, choosing finishes that are easy to clean and resistant to scuffs and fingerprints.

Open Plan

Today’s family-friendly kitchen opens up to the living room or family room, so everyone can stay connected whether at work or at rest.

Island Convenience

A kitchen island provides added storage, work space, and seating, and is a great place to do homework, grab a quick snack, or eat a meal.

Easy-Access Pantry

A spacious walk-in pantry helps to keep food and paper goods neat and organized. Keeping items on open shelving makes it easier to keep track of what you have, and for multiple family members to find what they need.

Computer Space

A computer nook, complete with family charging station, helps keep electronics accessible while providing work space to pay bills, sort paperwork, or keep track of everyone’s schedule.

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Drop Zone

When the kids get home from school, chaos tends to ensue with backpacks and books strewn all over. A drop zone can be nestled anywhere in your home, but the kitchen is a popular choice for families with young kids due to their habit of beelining into the kitchen for a snack. A drop zone is similar to a mud room; it is meant to be the first space you encounter when you return home and the last that you see when you leave. It can house your keys, shoes, bags, and odds and ends so that they stay consolidated in one space (and so that nothing is forgotten when you leave!).

Breakfast Nook 

A dedicated breakfast zone helps to contain breakfast staples such as:

  • Bread, bagels, or cereals
  • Plates, bowls, and spoons
  • Toaster and coffeemaker
  • Coffee and mugs

In addition to limiting your morning mess to one area, this streamlined system helps to save time during the morning rush, while ensuring each family member has a proper breakfast.

Step Stool 

Encourage younger family members to help out in the kitchen, by giving them the means to reach the counter height with the help of a sturdy step stool. This welcome addition can also help to reach infrequently used items which are stored in higher cupboards, discouraging adults and children alike from climbing on a wobbly chair or stool.

Non-Slip Flooring 

Kitchen floors are likely to deal with a lot of spills, but you can protect old and young alike from falls by installing slip-resistant flooring materials such as cork, textured tile, linoleum, and rubber backed area rugs.

Kitchen Remodeling in the Memphis Area

If your family has grown beyond your current kitchen’s capacity, Heritage Builders can help you create a new kitchen that perfectly suits your needs. We will involve you throughout the entirety of our design/build process so that the final result is exactly what you wanted.

Contact us today for kitchen remodeling in Memphis, Germantown, and the surrounding area!

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