Designing or remodeling a kitchen involves many decisions, from determining a functional layout to choosing the countertops, cabinets, flooring, and appliances that fit the homeowner’s lifestyle. However, families have unique needs, so they should consider following these tips to create a stylish, yet practical, family-friendly kitchen.
Open It Up
No one wants to be confined to one room while the rest of the family is gathered across the house. A kitchen that merges with the adjacent living area gives an open, airy feel. An open floor plan also lets the chef be part of the action by allowing plenty of room for the family and guests to mingle and socialize nearby.
Embrace the Island Life
Islands were built for open floor plans, and they have so much potential! In fact, two islands are usually better than one, if space allows. The island closest to the cooktop should be reserved for food prep, while the other can be used as homework central or a casual eating area. Islands also provide tons of additional cabinet space—and room for another sink, for those feeling ambitious—enhancing their practical and functional value.
Choose Countertops Wisely
Families with energetic children (and what kids aren’t bounding with energy?) or who entertain frequently should put special consideration into their countertops. Specifically, they should look for something durable, resistant to fingerprints, and easy to clean. Granite and quartz are great options; they’re durable and resistant to stains and scratches.
Utilize Walk-in Storage
Large pantries aren’t just a luxury for big families—they’re a necessity. Walk-in storage gives every grocery, paper good, and cleaning supply a home of its own. This makes it easier to take inventory of what’s on hand, and the kids will always be able to find what they’re looking for. Another advantage of a walk-in pantry is the amount of cabinet and countertop space the additional storage opens up.
Start Visualizing Your Family-friendly Kitchen
Whether you’re building a new home or updating your existing kitchen, Miller Surface Gallery has everything you need for a family-friendly cooking and gathering area. We carry countertops built to withstand scratches and spills, custom cabinets to suit your layout, and flooring that ties it all together. Learn why you should work with us , and then call Miller Surface Gallery at (912) 341-0435 for a free estimate!