If you have a large family or are planning to have one in the future, your kitchen design will have an enormous impact on how efficiently many aspects of your home will run. In addition to the obvious concerns about adequate storage, the presence or lack of seating should be considered. Fortunately, it is possible to look at the tried-and-true techniques of other large families when planning your own.
Consider The Way Things Will Be Stored And Displayed.
With your large family, it is likely that you will be buying many items in bulk which obviously means that you will need somewhere to put it all. Therefore, your pantry space can be utilized in a different manner than many and the door racks, built in spice cabinets and stacking opportunities will be necessary.
A walk-in pantry is also helpful and if you build it into a wall, as opposed to having it be a wider one that takes up more wall space, you will not be sacrificing any of your precious floor space. Shelves that are built into cabinet or pantry doors provide a similar benefit.
Plan For Your Major Kitchen Appliances
The question of one dishwasher versus two and one refrigerator or two is a debated topic over the years. However, in general, few families have ever looked back and said "We did not spend enough time washing dishes and I am sure glad we only had barely enough space for cold and frozen items".
Even if you store a deep freeze in the basement or the garage, being able to plan ahead for meals and buy when items are on sale could easily offset the minimal cost of multiple units.
The dishwasher is much the same. If you have one, you may always wish for two after a big dinner or a day where everyone ate, but didn't have time to clean-up . If space allows, two dishwashers could be a life saver when you have children of different ages at home.
Allow For Adequate (And Then Some) Seating
Many people believe that the kitchen is the most important room in the house. It would only make sense that with a big family, that would be even more true. Therefore, an adjacent breakfast nook with adequate seating or the inclusion of a bar, island or table with chairs in the kitchen could be invaluable.
It is also important to point out that when creating the perfect kitchen design for your family, assuming that you plan to stay in the house for many years, planning for family friends or even future grandchildren is not a bad idea. Folding chairs, stools that can go under the bar and multiple leafs for the table can allow you to maximize the space your kitchen design includes.
In conclusion, it can be challenging for any family to keep a clean, organized kitchen and with a large families, it could be even more so. Therefore, maximizing the space and including features in the kitchen that make it easier to cook, clean and raise a family is essential to your overall happiness. To learn more, contact a company like Red River Granite with any questions you have.