In this blog post we discuss kitchens and breakfast rooms. Read on for our tips and advice
Most families love eating in the kitchen so it can be a vital element when creating a family home to live in, or to sell...
When there are young children around, preparing, feeding and cleaning up after a family takes up much of the day. Even with older children, time is often so short that preparation for a meal is frequently done in conjunction with eating it. So most families love eating in the kitchen, and the priority if you're selling a family house is to have a kitchen/breakfast room large enough for a good table and chairs. If it isn't, think about extending sideways or into the garden, or lose another room - usually the old ‘back' dining room in Victorian houses - to increase the square footage. Most people want to open their kitchen doors wide on a sunny day and let the outside in. If possible, put in glazed double doors leading to the garden so you get the benefit of great views even in the depths of winter. The kitchen/breakfast room has two functions: cooking and eating. I'd always place the eating zone near the French doors where there's good natural light. The kitchen zone can afford to be in the darker part of the room as you generally cook under artificial light. In a long rectangular space, it's best to try to run kitchen units halfway down both sides, rather than all the way down only one wall, because, ideally both areas can then be used independently. If you find that you're short on storage, it's better to put a free-standing dresser in the eating area.
Although it has two functions this is still one room, and it's important to think of the design as a whole. You don't want a traditional pine-topped table alongside dark Iroko wood kitchen cabinets. Yet it's a fallacy that you have to have the same flooring throughout. Different flooring can actually make the space feel bigger. Finally, the one thing many people forget about is a dedicated bin and recycling area. In an ideal world, you'd hide all the rubbish out of sight inside an integrated unit, with three or more sections for different types of waste. But if it's too late for that, stylish stand-alone bins look good and you can get non-touch sensor versions which open automatically.