Did you know that there are homeowners that actually look forward to using their kitchen? The term “slaving away in the kitchen” is an alien concept to them. This is because using their kitchen is actually a treat for them.
The kitchen is a very important place in the house. It’s where you cook your meals for your family, or at least in theory. Some homeowners actually hate cooking in their kitchen. This leads to take-outs, deliveries, and dining out.
Use Your Kitchen
There are several good reasons why you should actually use your kitchen. Here are some of them:
- It encourages quality time with the family.
Teens nowadays would rather stay out with their friends or in their room when they’re home. Wait until they take a whiff of the meals that you’ll be cooking. Cooking at home encourages dining together as a family. With a good kitchen, you’ll get hugs and kisses from the whole family because of the meals you’ll be serving them.
- It develops skills and creativity.
No one is born a good cook. You have to practice. It’s a good way to spend your free time.
- You can save a lot of money.
Dining out can be very expensive. Do groceries every weekend and plan your meals for the week and you should be able to save hundreds, maybe even thousands of pesos a week simply by eating at home.
- It’s healthier.
By cooking your own meals, you actually know what’s in them. You don’t have to deal with preservatives and other chemicals.
Follow these Tips for a Kitchen that You’d Love to Use
A kitchen is one of the best “splurges” that you’ll make for your home. With these tips, you’d be an Iron Chef in your own kitchen:
- Make sure that walkways are wide.
The walkways should be at least 914.4 mm wide. As for the paths in the cooking zone, it should be at least 1066.8 mm wide. Make sure to adjust accordingly depending on the number of cooks at a time.
Of course, it’s different if you’re designing a restaurant as it has bigger demands. Here are the things to consider when designing a restaurant.
- Fix the layout.
It’s all about being efficient while you’re in the kitchen and it all starts with minimizing unnecessary steps. Do you often find yourself moving back and forth opposite sides of the kitchen while prepping and cooking? Establish a good system while cooking so that you’ll minimize the unnecessary steps.
For starters, pots and pans should be near the stove/range. The same goes for cooking utensils.
Safety should also be considered. Fix the layout in such a way that people, especially kids, don’t have to pass the cooking zone when unnecessary. This means that the refrigerator should be in an area that’s easily accessible by passers-by.
- Incorporate more counter space.
Prepping is an important part of cooking and this is why you need more counter space especially in the area between the sink and the stove/range.
- Install several outlets.
There should be several outlets across the backsplash. There should be a few of them by the kitchen island. This way, you can use appliances wherever it’s convenient.
- Incorporate more natural light.
Big windows can do wonders in setting a positive mood via natural lighting. It can also help you save on energy bills.
- Install a kitchen island and design it for its intended function.
Some people use it as a prep area while some use it for quick meals. Decide on its function and design it with that function in mind. For example if you want to use it for meals, make sure that it’s big enough and that there are stools around it.
We can Help!
We can help you renovate a kitchen and turn it into something that you’ll love using. We can also incorporate these tips on a new home design so that you’ll have a kitchen that you’ll fall in love with. Either way, we can help, so contact us today!