In family homes, the kitchen is usually the gathering space for doing homework and spending time together as a family as well as for cooking and eating. When designing this space you will want to focus on the functional needs as well as creating an adaptable space that can grow and change with the needs of everyone in your family. The renovation team at Green Basements and Remodeling has a few design tips to help you design the perfect family kitchen. Choose the Right Layout Getting the right layout is essential for any kitchen, but family kitchens tend to be where everyone gathers, creating traffic issues and possibly dangerous situations. A peninsula can create a child-free zone by closing off access to one area whereas an island creates a more open-plan layout. Consider how to make everyone comfortable, have plenty of designated seating, and give the person cooking plenty of space to move freely when designing your kitchen’s layout. Multiple Height Work Surfaces In addition to work surface heights suited to the person who does most of the cooking, lower work surfaces allow children to assist in food preparation. These lowered countertops can then be used as baking stations, breakfast bars, homework spots, or specialty seating areas after small children grow. Let Appliances Make Life Easier Family life requires choosing appliances designed for maximum convenience. Sanitizing dishwashers, hot water dispensers, fast-cook ovens, convection microwaves, and refrigerator drawers make life easier for busy families. Family-Friendly Materials Sticky handprints and spills are constant occurrences in family kitchens. Choose stain-resistant, anti-bacterial materials (quartz, steel) and finishes (matte rather than gloss) that are less likely to show smudges. Easy-maintenance flooring (ceramic, concrete, porcelain) can stand up to heavy wear and tear and are great choices if you have pets. Partner with the Experts at Green Basements and Remodeling Your kitchen is more than just a place to cook, it is a place for your family to gather and grow. At Green Basements and Remodeling we know that each kitchen is as unique as the family that will use it. Your dedicated Project Manager and Designer will ask questions such as “What does a day in the life of your kitchen look like? What works? What doesn’t?” to help determine the best use of your space. By partnering with us you can rest easy knowing your project will run smoothly and efficiently because 100% customer satisfaction is our number one goal. Call us at (678) 736-6335 (Marietta) or (678) 445-5533 (Woodstock) or contact us through our online form to get started designing your family-friendly kitchen today!