How To Design Your Kitchen Family Room

Oen plan kitchen
Island unit and glass roof
Glazed gable and open vaulted ceiling
Level change

Open Plan

 

You know from your own experience that the kitchen is where families spend the most time, eating, cooking, socialising, working. Sharing those activities brings you all together. A well designed space creates a hub that can bring the whole family together where everyone feels welcome.

 

Here are some useful ideas we have learnt as Architects designing Kitchen Family rooms over the years for new houses and extensions.

Create an open inviting space, that is large enough to accommodate everyone in comfort, and that family and friends want to spend time in. By removing the boundaries, you’ll create a multi-functional space that means you can all spend more time together. Make room for a sofa directly facing the kitchen so it's easy to hold a conversation and entertain or supervise while cooking.

 

Plan in an island. We think these are great places for guests can sit and relax informally and ideal for the kids to eat and do homework where you can keep an eye on them.

Practical Thinking

 

  • You need generous space for cooking, eating, and living and so don’t compromise on the size

  • If you have the space, create a Pantry for storage so that the Kitchen is not cluttered with intensive storage cupboards. We like to avoid wall units where possible as it create s clean design and leaves space for picture to make the space more of a living area.

  • Clearly define the kitchen working area as being separate to the the living space to keep the area inside the island as protected space for working, not for the family or guests

  • Plan the paths between storage, preparing, cooking and washing up carefully to avoid crossed lines

  • Build in all the cabling and lighting you need including charging points for devices to avoid trailing wires

Balance Style and Function

  • Choice of floor finish is important. In the cooking area you need something hard wearing and easy to clean such as ceramic tile or vinyl plank. In the Family areas you could choose something softer in feel but equally hard wearing such as timber look great in the showroom but can be difficult to keep clean. Form an upstand from the same material

  • Kitchen units need to be robust construction with high quality hinges, drawers and runners to be long lasting. Drawers below worktop level are easier to access than cupboards

  • Choose as large a fridge as you have space for as most of our food needs to be kept refrigerated

  • Induction hobs are easy to use and easy to clean. Think about extract fans because keeping a Kitchen free of steam and smells is especially important when it’s a living space too. Choose appliances on the basis of what you will really use, not current gadgets

  • Choice of floor finish is important. In the cooking area you need something hard wearing and easy to clean such as ceramic tile or vinyl plank. In the Family areas you could choose something softer in feel but equally hard wearing such as timber

  • Include space for a large waste area including space for recycling

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