Kitchen Project Checklist: appliances, storage and your family’s lifestyle
In our final instalment of this three-part series (remind yourself of part one and part two of our Kitchen Project Checklist), we’re looking at the lifestyle details you’ll need to take into account when consulting with your designer at Sustainable Kitchens.
Where do you want to sit?
This comes back to how you and your family will use the space. If you have an open plan area and want to make the most of it, why not add some comfortable bench seating in the kitchen? This will help transition the space into the living room, too. If you want to get quirky, there’s nothing to stop you from bringing an armchairs or two into the kitchen, space permitting. We’ve seen a rise in the popularity of mixed use space.
Where do you keep food and tablewares?
Some people want all of their food, plates and glasses on display. Others want clutter-free worktops with everything tucked away behind cabinets.
If you have space, you could opt for a walk-in larder cabinet or a double larder on either side of a fridge. It all depends on the aesthetic you’re going for.
If you’re tight on space but still want a larder, a half-larder could do the job. Or if you’re really tight on space, you could have things like pull-out or built-in spice racks.
Some people have more eclectic tastes and choose open shelving. This is great if you love to display your items and aren’t obsessed with minimalism.
Are you messy? Are you worried about wear and tear in your kitchen?
It’s ok to be messy.
It’s ok for your kitchen not to be spotless all the time.
If you’re a ‘live and let live’ kind of person, then the most important consideration should be the durability of the materials in your kitchens. We never use MDF or chipboard in our designs as it doesn’t last long, is low quality and you’ll probably see it warp or chip. Instead, we opt for hard-wearing worktops like engineered quartz that don’t stain or scratch.
If you’re adventurous with your cooking, invest in a high quality extractor fan. There are styles that are more suited to a more relaxed approach to life.
Shaker style might require a bit more maintenance as dust or spills gather in the panel. Consider a flat panel with cut out holes or handles for an easy-to-clean option.
Will there be children in the kitchen?
This is personal to each family. Some people love having their kids help out in the kitchen. If this is you considering buying a functional kid’s kitchen where they can help with mixing and measuring or have one area where the worktop is lower so they can work alongside you. Make sure to consider things like hot surfaces and accessibility.
How do you wash up? Do you like using a dishwasher?
If you have space for a gorgeous double Belfast sink, you might not mind washing dishes by hand. But if you have a tiny single-bowl sink, you’ll need to consider whether getting a dishwasher is right for you.
Dishwashers come in a variety of sizes from compact and tabletop to full size, If you find that you do need a dishwasher, our designers can source one for every space (even drawers!).
Where are your electrical points?
This is crucial. You’ll need to plan these out to easily connect appliances. You might want them to be hidden, in which case you could get pop up plug sockets. You’ll also need to think about electrical points in your larder or in your island. Do you use your tablet or laptop in your kitchen? You’ll want to make sure you have sockets close to wear you sit. These are considerations you can talk about with your electrician.
And that’s it for now! Take a refresher by re-reading our Kitchen Project Checklist: