Planning a Family Friendly Kitchen Renovation

Planning a Family Friendly Kitchen Renovation
Planning a Family Friendly Kitchen Renovation

Planning a kitchen remodel means taking into account the aesthetic you love in addition to your actual lifestyle, considering what would be most beautiful and most functional for your unique household. If you have children in the home, or plan to in the future, designing a family friendly kitchen is one of the best ways to make sure you end up with a home you love for years to come. In addition, a family friendly kitchen is a surefire way to increase resale value and attract your ideal buyer in the future.

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Planning a Family Friendly Kitchen Renovation

Questions to Ask Yourself

Before beginning to plan your family-friendly kitchen remodel, ask yourself these questions:

  • How old are my children, and do I expect to welcome more into the family during the time we live here?
  • How does each member of the family use the kitchen?
  • Do my children prepare their own meals or snacks, or do I want them to in the future?
  • Do I plan to, or want to, host family gatherings?
  • What does a typical day in the kitchen look like for our family?

By getting these answers out onto paper, the pain points you experience in your current kitchen and a list of changes you would like to make will begin to naturally materialize.

Next, we can work together to determine if any of the following features might be a priority in your design.

Durable Surfaces

If you know kids, you know durability should be a priority in any family friendly design. As you choose your flooring, countertops, and finishes, keep durability in mind. Choose flooring that is hard to damage, like tile or luxury vinyl plank (LVP). Look for scratch resistant surfaces and talk with your designer about choosing building materials that will stand the test of time, teens, and toddlers.

Easy To Clean

In addition to durability, your kitchen surfaces and materials should be easy to clean. Cooking for and with a family means lots of messes, so opt for lower maintenance, easy clean options for cabinetry, flooring, and countertops.

For example, quartz is a top choice for easily cleaned, durable countertops. You might love the look of soapstone, but choose a surface that is easy to wipe down, is not porous and susceptible to stains, and won’t be easily scratched is likely worth opting for something like a granite or quartz counter. As always, our designers can help you choose the right materials for your budget and family.

Accessibility for Smaller Children

If making sure your younger children can independently access things in the kitchen is a priority for you, let’s incorporate that into your design. We can add refrigerated drawers or microwaves in the lower cabinets, so that they are accessible for simple meal and snack prep for even your shorter family members.

Reserve higher storage for items you don’t want children to access and design the lower portion of the kitchen to store all the things your children need access to.

Open Layout

Many families like to spend time together in the kitchen, cooking as a team or simply being together while one parent prepares a meal and another helps with homework. If this sounds like your family, let’s look for ways to incorporate an open layout that comfortably accommodates the whole family at once.

Eat-In Area

An eat-in kitchen is on the must-have list for most families as they design their dream kitchen. There are many ways to make this happen, including a large kitchen island with enough counter height stools for the whole family or a built-in breakfast nook with seating that doubles as storage.

Family Organization Center

If you are a busy family with a dynamic schedule each week, setting up a family organization center is a great use of space. Install a beautiful built in calendar, mounting hanging files for each member of the family to store important papers, and a charging station for personal devices. We can fully customize this part of your kitchen to ideally suit the needs of your family.

To learn more about creating a family friendly kitchen, contact us any time.

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