Kitchen Project Checklist: Planning with cooking in mind
Over the next few weeks, we’re looking at what to consider before booking a consultation with our team of professionally-trained designers (you can do that here). Last time, we looked at how you can start your kitchen design plan. Now, we’re moving onto the fun stuff: cooking and eating.
(Psst: If you need a refresher, here’s part one of the Kitchen Project Checklist)
Consider your eating habits (and the effects this has on your design)
Let’s assume you’re something of a foodie. Whether you love to prepare food or just to enjoy it, a poorly designed kitchen will make both things difficult to do.
You need to consider the way your family eats. Are you a eat-in-front-of-the-TV-on-your-laps kind of family? (Didn’t think so). Or are you more of a gather-around-the-dining-room-table-and-share-your-days-over-dinner kind of family? You might be somewhere in between.
When you come to meet our designers, we’ll consider the size of your family, what time of day everyone eats, how often you have guests over and what mealtimes mean to you. If you love having everyone in one space, an island breakfast bar might be a good option. This is especially useful for a small family with limited space. It means you can cook while the kids get on with their homework. If you love having guests over, having a dedicated dinner table space makes more sense. When you work with us, the kitchen is always designed with your family’s unique lifestyle in mind.
Where are you going to make tea and coffee?
Ah, caffeine: it’s a very important consideration.
If you’re a minimalist at heart, or hate seeing visible clutter, you should consider a larder with a breakfast station. You could store your kettle, coffee maker and toaster and have it all ready to go each morning. It can then be tucked away out of sight.
To save space, you could also consider getting a boiling water tap, although this requires cabinet space below for the mechanism. Check out last week’s blog post to help you decide whether a boiling water tap is right for your family.
If you love displaying your wares, consider matching or contrasting your kettle or coffee machine with the colour of your cabinets. In this project, a small selection of red appliances brings the colour scheme to life. We helped our client choose Farrow & Ball’s Ammonite for the main cabinetry, with Valspar’s Merlin providing a flash of colour on the island unit.
Do you love cooking?
It might sound silly at first, but the reason you’ve come to us is to get a kitchen that perfectly reflects your lifestyle.
When a kitchen is designed primarily as a place to relax, unwind and socialise, then filling it with appliances might not be the best option.
If you consider yourself an amateur chef and love to play around with new recipes, you’ll get much more use out of a range cooker than someone who tends to eat on-the-go. A pull-out chopping board and a large sink will be much more appropriate for budding chefs, too.
Do you bake or cook for lots of people?
Whether you have a big family or just love entertaining, it’s essential to create a kitchen that allows you to cook easily. Consider a double oven or two dishwashers if you do some heavy duty cooking or baking. An American-style fridge freezer would also be a great option for those with space. Ensure you have enough storage space for all of your pots and pans, not to mention tableware. Seating is always important to consider, so if you have enough room for a large dining room then splash out. If not, a good alternative might be banquette seating for extra cosiness.
Next time, we’re looking at how your kitchen project checklist can get a boost when you consider appliances and storage. Be sure to sign up to our blog (you can do that at the bottom of this page) to be the first to read.