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House hacks for a family friendly kitchen

House Hacks For A Family Friendly Kitchen

House hacks for a family friendly kitchen

Everyone loves to get stuck in when it comes to cooking, and as the kids get a little older, getting them involved is the best way to install a little wisdom in them when it comes to cooking and other chores. Making the kitchen a space that is family-friendly is a great way to make life easier for you, too!

House Hacks For A Family Friendly Kitchen

Renovating the kitchen entirely with The Renovation Company is a great option, especially if you want to lower kitchen units and sinks and make things physically more reachable for the youngsters in the house. If you just want to make things a little more accessible and organised, then we’ve got some of the best hacks around for you to tap into and make your family kitchen easy to use.

House Hacks For A Family Friendly Kitchen

  • Keep the crockery and cutlery for the kids in a separate cupboard is a great way to allow them to take initiative and control. Giving children independence is part of teaching them to grow up, and so autonomy over their things is important!
  • Glasses and tumblers are a necessity, but the idea of allowing children to access glass is usually a no-no for parents. Ideally, you don’t want the cups they use out of reach so why not try this nifty little hack of adding magnets to the tumblers? They can be stuck to the refrigerator in reach of small hands – just make sure there’s nothing in them first!

House Hacks For A Family Friendly Kitchen

  • Cereal stations like this one are becoming more and more popular in family homes and for good reason. When the children are old enough to take themselves downstairs in the morning, they can be independent and make their own breakfast. Pots of their favorites in low cupboards, as well as an easy milk dispenser such as this in the refrigerator make for an excellent start to the day!
  • While we’re talking about help-yourself-stations, why not provide a basket in a low cupboard full of prepackaged snacks? You could have one in the refrigerator as well, for cold fruits and dairy snacks. Rearranging your kitchen to allow the children to self-serve doesn’t mean that they can go and help themselves whenever they like, it just means that when you say so they can feel pride in their own independence!
  • It isn’t often practical to have a step by the sink to reach the taps for hand-washing, especially if space is sparse. There are a lot of tricks you can use like the ones on this website so that you can adjust things and make them easier for smaller members of the house!

House Hacks For A Family Friendly Kitchen

Adjusting your home to suit the youngest members of the house doesn’t always mean ripping out entire rooms and starting again. You can make some pretty successful changes with just a few things re-organised. Kids need to learn that they can do things for themselves and you are the person who is going to teach them that. Start by making it easy for them to learn how to be their own person.

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New kitchen plans

New kitchen plans

New kitchen plans

One room I have always dreamed of having and that is a larger kitchen. It is the one room we always find ourselves congregating into at mealtimes and even parties that we have once or twice a year….OK then, I will be honest! any excuse for a party and we have one, well why not.

A small kitchen can feel very claustrophobic at the best of times let alone when we are all trying to squeeze into a very small room. With us moving house back in November we now have a much smaller kitchen sadly. We did gain an extra bedroom (this is now our office) and a huge living room so we can’t grumble too much. When moving house there are always pros and cons to weigh up isn’t there?

We are now looking at ways we can make our kitchen bigger in size, if not in size then at least make it feel bigger, less claustrophobic and feel more welcoming. Here are a few ideas that we have in mind at the moment.

Our kitchen ideas so far

Colour 

We are thinking nice bright and neutral colours for walls and flooring. Colour if chosen right can change the feel of a room and make a room feel much bigger. We can always add warmer colours within the soft furnishings such as towels, blinds etc. When browsing for kitchen tiles this tile caught my eye straight away, they are a stunning sparkly diamond white quartz tile. Perfect for providing any wall or floor with that “WOW” factor. This tile has a stunning mirror fleck, allowing the light to bounce giving a lovely sparkly effect and helping to make a room more welcoming.

New kitchen plans

 

Comfort and design

The design and comfort of the kitchen is the most important, we must have a kitchen that works well and everything needed is close to hand. We think we will try and minimize on the number of wall cupboards that we will have, this will help to minimize the claustrophobic feel slightly. Any wall cupboards we do have will be glass fronted to help enhance the spaciousness.

Be realistic

We will be minimizing our kitchen gadgets and be more realistic about what we use and no longer use anymore. I don’t know about you but our cupboards are full of gadgets that we haven’t used in a long time, basically taking up space for no reason. We will also be looking to change some kitchen items, we are going to be looking for more space-saving items, it’s amazing what you can get space-saving wise these days for the smaller kitchen.

Appliances 

At our previous property we had integrated appliances when we had a fitted kitchen put in, to us these looked more tidy looking. Of course when we moved these all stayed behind and we currently have freestanding appliances at the moment as we don’t currently have a fitted kitchen at this property. Our personal preference would be to change back to integrated appliances again. We found with having a fitted kitchen we could utilize our space more and use every spare inch possible. At our current property although our kitchen is small we can see lots of wasted space that we could make so much use of when we come to doing our fitted kitchen. Boy do I miss my eye level oven!

Extending the kitchen

We are in discussions at the moment as to whether we could extend our kitchen. We plan on doing this by knocking a wall down that goes between the kitchen and living room, taking a few feet from the lounge and replacing the wall again. By doing this it will not only make the kitchen bigger this will allow for more worktop space, appliances and or base units for storage.

Lighting 

With Ian being a fully qualified electrician it does come in very handy when it comes to electrical work around the home. When it comes to the lighting in our home we can never tend to agree on a design. We have always had low ceilings in our properties and we often panic with head height and our boys being rather tall. We have agreed down lights would be our best option and would work rather well. In our kitchen we will also have plinth lighting and under-cupboard lighting too for mood lighting.

We are a little way off yet before our kitchen plans are put into action. We are currently working on floor plans and measurements and then double checking them as we’d hate to make a costly mistake by rushing and getting it wrong. Kitchen plans take time and a lot of careful planning as we found out last time. We are learning from past mistakes.

New kitchen plans

 

Have you had a kitchen makeover? did it go to plan?

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Don’t get burned by your kitchen!

Don’t Get Burned By Your Kitchen!

Don’t get burned by your kitchen!

If there is one room in the house that needs to be perfect, it is the kitchen. When you think about it, the kitchen is the place you spend the most time. Apart from cooking, it is also a place to socialise and relax, which makes it a multipurpose area. The sad thing is that most people’s kitchens are the bane of their life for a variety of reasons. If you are one of these people, it is time to crack out the home improvement manual and start the process. But, before you jump the gun, there are a few pitfalls to avoid.

The Triangle

Unlike the Bermuda triangle, you won’t get lost in your kitchen. But, you might find that the room doesn’t have the same functionality without it. Simply put, the triangle refers to the position of the oven, sink and refrigerator. As the names suggest, all three need to be in close quarters so that the room is as functional as it is beautiful. So, if the plans have anything in the way of the three, you might want to reconsider. An island, for instance, is a big obstacle. Always keep the path clear and the three main features in close contact.

Ignoring Practicality

There is no doubt that the kitchen should have a wow factor, and every interior designer would agree. But, it shouldn’t come at the expense of functionality within the room. Otherwise, the kitchen will be all style and no substance, and substance is probably the most important feature of any kitchen. So, the trick is to think before you buy. Will the designer dining table fit all the family? Are the chairs comfy? Is there enough room to cook and walk around? All of these are questions that you need to answer.

Lack Of Storage

It doesn’t matter how big your kitchen is because you will always need storage. Why? It’s because they house lots of different utensils and cutlery, and they are bulky. Even if they are sleek, like knives and forks, they are plentiful. Bearing this in mind, it’s a good time to get creative. The oven, for example, is a perfect place to put a frying pan as it is deep. Of course, the cabinets are always on hand for glasses and pots and pans. Plus, shelves and hooks are low-tech solutions with storage capacity that take up little room.

Designing For Others

Quite possibly the biggest error you can make is designing a kitchen for other people. That can sound stupid, yet it happens all the time as homeowners sacrifice what they want for what they think they should have. At the end of the day, it is your kitchen and you should design it how you please. So, forget about the neighbours and leave them to their own kitchens. Instead, write down what you find appealing and try and implement that throughout the renovation.

There is no point designing a kitchen for other people when they are not going to use it. Anyway, they aren’t paying, so they don’t get a say!

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Rethink your kitchen for a smoother family life

Rethink your kitchen for a smoother family life

Rethink your kitchen for a smoother family life

One of the key areas of the home is your kitchen; it’s where you cook for the family and often where you all sit down together and learn about what’s been happening in everybody’s day. Therefore, it’s an important room to consider when it comes to how it functions for you and a growing family. The interior space of your cooking environment should have some quality time and thought put into it, so that it can be a pleasurable area to enter, cook and eat your meals. The following are some ideas to consider if you feel that your kitchen is letting you down.

Is It Comfortable?

If your kitchen provides both an area for cooking and to eat your meals; you’ll want to ensure that the space is a comfortable one to sit down have enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in. Consider changing the size of the table, so that it can accommodate the whole family, or, if it’s too big for the space and people feel claustrophobic, then think about investing in a smaller surface. The seating around your dinner table should be a joy to sit on; so think about adding chair cushions and backrests, and people will be more inclined to remain and chat after mealtimes (as you’re cleaning up any dishes).

The lighting in your kitchen is also crucial. You’ll want all preparation areas to be well-lit so that you can see what you’re chopping (which hopefully won’t be your finger), or cooking on the hob. However, the lighting over the dining area doesn’t necessarily have to be as bright, as people enjoy a relaxed atmosphere when it comes to eating. Consider investing in a dimmer, so that light levels can be adjusted accordingly, and the kitchen table can be a multi-functional area, for eating, playing games, and finishing homework (that should have been done the night before).

Is It Functional?

If your kitchen is tired and is just not working for you as you want it to; it might be time for a little renovation project or an update to some key areas. Big investments, like ovens and fridges will be worth it in the long run, and there are always the January sales to grab yourself a bargain; it’s worth researching into what is the best on the market for your family life before you head to the shops.

A dripping tap will drive anyone mad, and an old, tired looking sink is a depressing place to wash the veg. Therefore, it’s worth checking out what’s available online and investing in a new one; get some inspiration and have a look here: https://www.tapwarehouse.com/category/undermount-kitchen-sinks if you’re considering an update.

The Little Things

Adding your family’s style and personality to your kitchen is another way to create a warm environment, where everyone will want to hang out. Display your kid’s artwork, put family photos up on the wall, and add any sentimental ornaments to shelves and surfaces. This will ensure that your kitchen is packed with personality. For more ideas on what to display in your kitchen space, take a look here: https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=kitchen%20display%20ideas&rs=typed&term_meta[]=kitchen%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=display%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=ideas%7Ctyped.

Lastly, don’t forget that keeping it clean and tidy is the best route to an attractive environment; this is where you get to put a rota on the fridge and make sure the kids are doing their share of the housework (hooray).

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3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

Normally, we like to stay as relaxed as possible in our home. However, there are obviously going to be moments where stress levels can get high. More often than not, this happens in the kitchen. You’re trying to make food for your family, but little things can disrupt you and prevent this from happening. So, you get stressed, which is never a nice thing.

Luckily, I’ve come up with a few tips and tricks that can help you transform your kitchen into a safe haven that doesn’t stress you out. Check them out down below:

3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

Use An Electric Oven

Gas ovens are a huge cause of stress for everyone. With a gas oven/cooker, you have to go through the ordeal of trying to switch the heat on all the time. In theory, it’s as simple as just switching the gas on and pressing a button to set it alight. However, with some gas appliances, it can take a good few tries before there’s a flame. As well as this, gas ovens take longer to heat up, which leave you waiting for longer while you’re cooking. Again, this can be a big source of stress. So, what you should do is switch to an electric oven and wave goodbye to these problems. Electric ones turn on easily and heat up a lot quicker. Not to mention they look better and are more modern too.

3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

Create More Space On The Counter top

The number one reason we get stressed in the kitchen is due to a lack of space. If you have no room to work, it can lead to you piling things up and creating loads of mess. So, you want to try and clear your counter tops to leave as much space as possible. To do this, you should organise everything in your kitchen and put things in cabinets to ensure nothing is left lying about. But, you can also play around with the design of your kitchen too. Create more space on the counter top by changing to a compact kitchen sink. It may not seem like a big difference, but you will reduce the sink size, which makes room for more work space on the counter tops.

3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

Colour Code Your Knives & Chopping Boards

Another source of kitchen stress revolves around your chopping boards and food hygiene. We all know you should cut meat on one board and use another one for vegetables, etc. Likewise, we should try and use a separate knife for meat, thanks to cross-contamination and food hygiene worries. So, if you’re in the kitchen making dinner, and you have the same type of chopping board for everything, it’s difficult to remember which one you used for meat and which one you used for bread, etc. To get around this problem and add some extra colour to your kitchen, you can colour code your knives and chopping boards. Have a red chopping board for meat, a green one for veg, and then stick colours on the corresponding knives. Now, you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination, and can cook in peace.

Use these tips to banish stress from the kitchen and they’ll also help improve the look and feel of the place too!

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