Having a large family means having more needs than others, including having a large kitchen. With more family members, you need to cook more food, and you need more space to move around comfortably. If your family is growing, your old kitchen may not be enough, and it may be time to renovate your kitchen to accommodate your family’s growing needs.
In this article, we’ll tell you about some fantastic ideas for your next kitchen renovation to ensure that you have a kitchen that will meet your family’s everyday needs.
Make your kitchen durable
Kitchens go through a lot of foot traffic, so you need to ensure that your kitchen has the right materials to survive years of punishment and fortifying your kitchen is an excellent home renovation project. If you have regular ceramic tiles for your kitchen flooring, you might want to switch to porcelain tiles because they are more durable and can last longer under heavy foot traffic. Porcelain tiles are less porous, so it is easy to wipe off liquid spills. There are also slip-resistant porcelain tiles that can make your kitchen safer for kids who love to run around or elderly family members who are prone to accidental slips and falls. Perhaps you would want something traditional like some Japanese tiles. You can also replace your old countertop with a granite countertop that’s durable and classy. Granite can survive accidental dings from kitchen tools and equipment and looks great with almost any kitchen designs.
A kitchen with plenty of storage spaces
Redesign your kitchen to include more storage options can help ensure that you have enough space to hold not just kitchen tools and equipment but dishware, cookware, and other cooking essentials. Not only does it help reduce clutter, but it also ensures you have everything you need to make your family’s favourite dinner. If you still use bulky kitchen cabinets, it’s time to switch to pull out drawers because they allow you to reach the items in the back easily without removing items in the front. Another option is to replace overhead cabinets with open-hanging shelves. Aside from making it easy for you to spot items you need, you can use an open-hanging shelve as a display case to showcase your dishware or china.
If your house has high ceilings, maximise your storage options by installing storage spaces as high as possible. Put seldom-used tools and equipment on the higher shelves and frequently-used ones on the lower shelves to make them easier to reach. You can install a rolling kitchen ladder so you can reach the higher shelves safely. And yes, rolling kitchen ladders look cool and can make a great impression on guests.
Open layout kitchen
Having a separate kitchen and dining area can be ideal for small families but wastes a lot of usable space for large families. Knockdown the wall separating the two areas and go for an open layout kitchen/dining room combo that gives you more space to move around. With more space, cooking is more comfortable, and you can avoid bumping into other family members, leading to kitchen accidents. An open kitchen layout also makes for an ideal space for socialising with other members while cooking. With the additional space you get from removing a wall or divider, you can put up a banquet table that can sit all your family members so the entire family can eat together. If your dining table is too small, other members can use your kitchen island and still eat with the family.
If you have limited indoor space, it’s time to look to the outdoors and transitioning to an outdoor kitchen can help provide you with the space you need for a large kitchen. Aside from giving you more room and storage options, an outdoor kitchen can help you avoid having a house that smells like dinner, which often happens with indoor kitchens with poor ventilation. An outdoor kitchen is more relaxing and ensures you have fresh air not just while cooking but while eating dinner with your family. Outdoor kitchens are also great for holding barbeques and hosting intimate dinners for friends.
Another option is to retain your existing kitchen and extend it to an outdoor space for expansion. You’ll need to knock down the wall next to your kitchen and replace your old door with double doors or French doors so you can achieve an indoor kitchen that extends to the outdoors. Be sure to consult a home renovation expert to ensure that you don’t weaken your home’s foundation when removing part of the wall of your home.
There’s a popular saying that goes, “The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table”, and this can only happen when you have a kitchen that’s large enough for your family. With a kitchen fit for your big family, cooking is more comfortable and eating with your family is more enjoyable. So start talking with your building designers to explore how to make your kitchen more suitable for your family’s growing needs.