The significance of the kitchen to the residents has a lot to do with how they function around food preparation, presentation and consumption. Is there an amateur gourmet chef in the house? Are traditional roles reversed and the man, dad or brother is the one who loves to cook and who rules in the kitchen? Are the residents career professionals on the run requiring quick-and-convenient efficiency?
Your residential Interior designer will use the early planning meetings to ferret out just what’s what and who’s who when it comes to designing the kitchen that fits the needs and preferences. For instance, if the chief cook and bottle washer is 5’1” there will need to be some important consideration given to customizing the heights of counters, and insuring reachability of shelves and cabinets! On the other hand, if the family cook is 6’1” and plays Rugby on the weekends, other considerations must be kept in mind. For those who spend as little time as possible on kitchen duty, efficiency and convenience rule!
Why have a huge open area with a farm trestle table and rows of skillets and pots hanging from the ceiling if no one really likes to spend hours there creating culinary masterpieces? Love to throw big parties and hire professionals to create and manage marvelous gourmet presentations? Then perhaps you want commercial kitchen space and equipment!
Households with children have different needs to be taken into consideration. Breakfast bars or old style breakfast nooks, and room for highchairs -- and even the dog bed maybe? Don’t forget open space for toddler gear and lots of light and wide counters for cooling racks of cookies! Flooring is critical and should be easy to maintain in a kitchen full of kids and pets!
Type A on-the -go types may want it really small, narrow and compact with everything-automated, close at hand, and reachable with a simple pivot! With all of our modern electronics, just about anything can be pre-arranged, pre-cooked and set to go on or off. (It’s really true: some folks really don’t know how to boil an egg! Some don’t want to know!)
Share your culinary expectations! Your Interior design team will want to know who you are when it comes to your kitchen habits and expectations. So get ready to reveal how much (or how little!) time you intend to spend there!
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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