For many people, the kitchen is about socialising and spending time with the family in a relaxed atmosphere as well as being functional, a place to cook and a place to eat. It’s where families do their ‘living’ – mealtimes, maybe homework, communicating, interacting with pets or planning, and this is why it can be such an important room for people.
It is, therefore, important that your kitchen works as the kind of room that you are looking for. Not everyone wants to do the same things in their kitchen and this is why a bespoke kitchen that matches your interior style, as well as the functions that you need it for, is important.
If you live in or near to London a visit to a London showroom is a great place to start, enabling you to get some ideas of what is available.
LifestyleOne of the best things about having a kitchen which has been designed especially for you is that you can adapt it to perfectly suit your lifestyle. If you are busy without too much time for cooking you can try to accommodate time-saving appliances such as microwaves and dishwashers into the design of your kitchen, for example. If your home is rustic and traditional looking you could incorporate appliances into the cupboards in your kitchen, hiding them from view.
If, for example, you enjoy socialising and entertaining, a kitchen which is bespoke could include a large table and perhaps some sofas for your guests (and yourself) to sit.
FamilyAnother factor which is important in the design of your kitchen is whether you need a family kitchen or if you are a couple or individual. If you are a family you will need to take extra care over ensuring that your bespoke kitchen is safe for young children. You should also think about making it a place where they could spend time – especially if you are planning on being in your kitchen a lot.
Maybe a table for them to play or do homework would be useful – or one that can be folded and hidden away to create more space. Maybe lower work surfaces so that you can cook with your children, a hob which is designed to be safer for children or cupboards which are accessible for kids – or out of the way if you need – might be a good idea.
PetsThe kitchen is also often a place where pets are looked after, fed and watered and maybe cleaned. It is important that your bespoke kitchen is designed to enable you to carry out your duties as a pet owner. Do you need flooring which is waterproof or easily cleaned from muddy paws? Or maybe an area for cleaning your four-legged friend? Somewhere to feed them? Or somewhere that you can put a cage that is accessible for the children to look at?
Pets are a part of the family as well and so it is important that if you are having a kitchen that is specially designed for you and your family, you include the needs of your pet(s).
Maintenance and CleaningIt might be that you have a terribly busy lifestyle, or that you just don’t have the time or inclination for heavy-duty cleaning. It is possible to design a kitchen for you which is low maintenance and easy to clean. Stainless steel kitchen work surfaces are very easy to clean – which is why they are often used in professional kitchens, while some others you need to take a bit longer to clean and might need to be treated every now again.
There will also be other features that you can add to your unique kitchen which could help to make its maintenance and cleaning easier. The flooring that you choose, the kind of oven that you choose, what kind of sink you choose, for starters.
Essentially, with the help of a bespoke kitchen designer, you can understand your options and make the most practical decisions for your kitchen in terms of balancing functionality and style.
The best thing about having a bespoke kitchen in your home is that you can design is specifically according to what you want and need. No two people have the same lifestyle and requirements but by designing it yourself alongside an expert kitchen designer you can make sure that it does everything that you need it to, in a style that perfectly suits your home.