Truly the heart of the home, your kitchen is most likely
the backdrop for your quality family time and designing a kitchen that suits
the entire family’s needs can be a very difficult task. First, you have to
consider the family cook; mom or dad, or both. Then, there are the needs of
people who will be eating, snacking, chatting and hanging out in this kitchen.
Of course that's the family, but there are also friends and other guests who
are invited over from time to time. Lastly, and most importantly, the kitchen
design must fit into the lifestyle of the family it serves.
One traditional notion is that the kitchen is the heart
of the home. However, many families today find themselves glued to a TV screen
eating fast food day after day. Why not correct this failure of modern
convenience by making a more comfortable seating area in the kitchen? This can
be done bybringingcouches, armchairs, andotherlivingroomfurniture into the kitchen area. Another great
idea is tobuildawindowbench if you have a bay window, or the space
to put one in.
Shared Homework Space
At one time, all you needed for kids to do their
homework with parental assistance was a large dining room table. Children could
sit and do their homework while their parents prepared a meal and answered the
occasional question. Now, acomputerdeskneedstobeworkedintomodernkitchendesigns for this same purpose. On the bright
side, having a computer close at hand is a great way to find new recipes and
videos to salvage a botched meal.
A recent survey estimates that Americans spend an
average of 175 hours per month in the kitchen compared to 31 hours in the
living room. It’s your command center,
the hub of activity and the place where family memories are made. Keep in mind when designing your family
kitchen that kitchens are hardly just for the cook.