The kitchen is designed for preparing and cooking food, however so many of us are stuck with kitchens that are completely inadequate. If you find yourself getting stressed every time you cook a meal and know that your kitchen is in need of a total revamp, here’s how to go about it!
Increase the space
The reason most kitchens aren’t really suitable for those who love to cook, bake or create food in any capacity is because they’re so small. Older houses especially were often designed with smaller kitchens, and in many cases these are unsuitable for modern living. W now rely on more appliances, gadgets and other equipment and so we need space for these things. You can increase the space of your kitchen by removing (or moving) an internal wall, or extending outwards. By adding a glass extension, or just glass patio doors and skylights you improve the lighting in the kitchen too which can help it to feel more spacious.
Find a layout that works
Once you have a kitchen that’s big enough for modern living, your next step is to choose the units and appliances. Your best bet here is always to work with a kitchen designer, they will be able to let you know exactly what will and won’t work. They will help you to bring your vision to life but in a way that makes sense. In kitchens, you have to consider things like the ‘working triangle’ which puts you in the centre of three points- the sink, the fridge and the cooker. It helps you easily work your way around the kitchen and is based on lots of research of how we use the space. You will need to make sure you have room for all of the appliances you need- often built in/ integrated models will fit best and look more sleek. Consider things like countertop space too, you need enough room to chop and prepare ingredients and space for things like your microwave, stand mixer and grilling machine. You’ll need somewhere to prop up your cookbook, or you could follow this tutorial by Vouchercloud for making your own tablet holder to read recipes from! There’s a lot to think about so carefully plan before going ahead.
Add a pantry
One of the biggest hassles in the kitchen can be rifling through cupboards. Crouching down and having to reach to the back of cupboards or standing on tip toes trying to reach an ingredient at the top. One way you can get around this is by having a pantry created, you could have this made as part of your kitchen or turn an kitchen boiler cupboard or unused corner into one. Line it with shelves and you have plenty of space for jars and cans, herbs, spices and dried ingredients. With everything labeled and organised it’s easy to grab what you need and can make cooking in the kitchen far more pleasant.