Kitchens are arguably the most important room in the home. No longer simply the preserve of preparing and cooking food, kitchens now function as an informal dining area, family gathering point and a place to work or study in. For this reason, many people who are remodelling their kitchen choose to have their kitchen custom designed instead of going for a standard design.
There are many benefits to having a kitchen custom designed. It's a great way to make the best use of the space you have available, get the look you love and ensure that it has all of the little things that make a big difference to how you use and enjoy your new room. When working with your custom kitchen design team, here are two important practical aspects that you should incorporate.
1. Appropriate benchtop height
The kitchen benchtop is not only a focal feature of the room, it's also the feature that is used the most. Most kitchen benchtops are fitted at an industry-devised standard height unless you specify otherwise. Unfortunately, for many people, the standard height doesn't always equate with an ergonomically sound and optimally comfortable height to work on on a daily basis.
If you're slightly taller or shorter than average, then you may like to consider lowering or raising the height of your benchtop. The change doesn't have to be dramatic; even a few inches in either direction can make preparing food easier and less of a strain.
If you have a household with regular users of different heights, you can even incorporate this into the design. Having a section of the benchtop that is lower or higher than the main surface can accommodate the height difference and may also double as an eat-in dining space or a breakfast bar.
2. Ample storage space
Storage space is important in every room in the house. However, in the kitchen, it can mean the difference between clutter and chaos and a streamlined, elegant and beautiful kitchen. Make sure that your custom kitchen design includes plenty of storage for what you already need to house and a little extra for any new items or to accommodate the needs of a growing family.
It's also a good idea to plan dedicated storage areas for non-food items that you like to keep in the kitchen and dining area. This might include a cupboard for mops, brooms or a hand-held vacuum cleaner. It might also mean a dedicated storage area for arts and crafts supplies, children's toys or office stationery if you plan to work in your new kitchen.