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Tips for Designing a Kitchen You’ll Absolutely Love

May 31, 2021
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The kitchen is such an important part of the home, serving as a place to create delicious and nutritious meals, as well as a place to inevitably hang out and chat with family and friends. Kitchens are the hub of the home, so if you’re in the process of building one of the Battle Ground WA homes, think carefully about how you design your kitchen to ensure it’s a place that is both functional and comfortable.

One of the key things to think about is the layout to ensure you’re not wasting steps. Arrange the kitchen so that areas that you’re likely to use together are located next to each other. You’re always going to need a fair amount of counter space around the stove and oven, so make sure you have plenty.

As well as the physical layout of the kitchen, you also want to think about the storage. Once again, keep like with like, such as coffee and tea ingredients near the coffee maker or tea pot. Group mugs, tea cups and even specific sugar bowls in one spot so that you can make that important first cup of the day without running around the kitchen. Consider keeping separate teaspoons with the cups and sugar, as well, along with whatever you may use so you can have your own personal coffee/tea bar. Similarly, keep baking supplies in one section, and try to keep your various tools easy to access, be it in a container on the counter or in drawers with dividers, especially items you use around the stovetop. Consider a bar that hangs behind the stove with hooks to hold spoons, spatulas, and other cooking utensils for easy access.

As for the kitchen itself, think about the space you have and try to create wide walkways. This will make it easier for multiple people to be in the kitchen at one time without getting in each other’s way or potentially risking an accident with hot pots and pans. It also means you can actually have others in the kitchen, helping or just chatting.

Similarly, think about the flow of the kitchen. Try to keep the stovetop area out of the general traffic pattern of the kitchen so little kids don’t risk getting hurt. On the other hand, keep the fridge in a place that’s easy for people to access, even when just passing through. You don’t want to have to move or be interrupted by the fridge being opened when you’re in the middle of cooking.

Don’t forget about the actual doors and corners in your kitchen. For deep cabinets in corners, you should seriously consider swing out shelving that makes the most of those hard to reach areas. You also want to make sure that appliances aren’t going to be in the way of other things when they’re opened, and that goes for cabinets, as well. Watch out for corners that may be more of a hazard than you may realize.

People are taking recycling much more seriously these days, separating everything out. However, that can lead to unsightly bags and cardboard piling up, so try to create a specific recycling and trash area that is easy to use, but generally out of sight so you don’t mar the overall appearance of your kitchen. You may want a cabinet, perhaps in the island, dedicated to trash and recycling.

Finally, consider adding a message center to your kitchen. It can be a great way to keep track of upcoming appointments, sporting events, as well as a place to keep a list of things that you need to get from the grocery store the next time. If someone uses up something or knows it’s running out, they can add it to the list and make life a little easier. You don’t need anything major; a white board or chalk board, and a calendar can do wonders for keeping you up to date in a room where everyone passes through regularly.

These are just a few tips for how to make the most of your new kitchens in your Battle Ground WA homes. Think about how you and  your family use your kitchen and what has worked for you and what hasn’t worked for you, and don’t forget those things that you’ve always wanted in a kitchen. Our kitchens feature plenty of options, so it’s easy to build a kitchen that will become the heart of the home.

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