Whether parents have a new baby on the way and are trying to plan for the future or they’re just looking for new ways to spend more meaningful time with the kids they already have, there are changes they can make around the home that can help. Most homeowners don’t immediately think of kitchen remodeling as being a kid-friendly pursuit, but it can be. Read on to find a few tips for remodeling a kitchen so the space is more family-friendly.
Install Low-Maintenance Materials
Kitchen hygiene should be a concern for any homeowner and, for homeowners with kids and pets, it should be at the top of the list. Put simply, kids are messy, and utilizing easy to clean materials makes it much easier to accommodate family cooking projects. Parents might also want to look into laminating fabric, as this can significantly increase the expected lifespan of their kitchen furniture.
Kids who like to cook can be encouraged to pursue their passions by installing kid-sized countertops. Try installing a baker’s-height countertop that will allow them to participate in kitchen activities. This comes with the added benefit of giving kids somewhere to eat, do homework, or play where their parents can keep an eye on them while they cook.
Open Kitchen Layouts
For most families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Open layouts that flow between cooking spaces and living spaces can accommodate growing families better than more crowded layouts, creating a convenient gathering place.
Consider a Breakfast Bar
Open layouts also give homeowners the opportunity to include transitional areas such as breakfast bars. This can be particularly helpful for homeowners who don’t have designated dining rooms, as it gives the family someplace to congregate for meals and socializing.
Kitchen islands provide a durable work surface for parents and help make better use of space in smaller kitchens. They can also double as eating areas for busy families that don’t have the space for formal dining tables or larger breakfast bars. Parents can then work from the center of the room and keep an eye on kids or encourage them to get involved and learn how to cook.