The Changing Designs of Kitchens

The Changing Designs of Kitchens

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You’ve probably heard the saying that ‘the kitchen is the hub of the home’ and that is as true today as it has been at any time in our history. But kitchen designs are constantly changing, evolving, improving.

So, in this article, we’ll take a look at some of those changes and how they can help improve your kitchen design.

Keeping it hidden

With the advent of the open floor plan, the kitchen really became the centre of the social spaces within the home. Gone are the days where it would be a room off by itself. This has the benefit of keeping people connected. As they prepare food they can be watching TV, talking with other occupants of the home, helping children with homework etc.

The downside, is that any clutter in the kitchen is visible for all to see. With a trend towards clean lines and a desire to keep spaces from looking too ‘busy’, it makes sense that you would want to hide your kitchen appliances away.

The solution? Well there are two that really stand out …

Concealed storage

One option is to design the kitchen in such a way that sliding, folding and hinged doors and draws hide everything away when not in use. This can even go as far as the benchtops.

Concealed storage allows you to keep your kitchen looking spacious and fabulously uncluttered, but with everything easily accessible with just a slide of a door.

It’s hard to describe how relaxing it is to walk into your home and see the clean, smooth lines of the kitchen cabinetry, the soothing neatness. The right design will make your home feel more spacious creating a sense of tranquillity and making the space feel ‘complete’. So if you don’t like clutter, then this is definitely something that you should consider in your next renovation or new home build.

Butler’s pantry

If you really want to keep things out of sight, then you can’t go past a butler’s pantry.

Butler’s pantries can vary in size from a mega walk-in pantry, to a full kitchen within a kitchen and the beauty of them is that they can be closed off from the rest of your home, keeping any unsightly kitchen mess well and truly hidden.

This is a space where you store food and condiments as you would in a regular pantry. But larger walk-in pantries can be used as a food prep area that can house most, if not all your appliances.

It’s a balance between your needs and the space you have available. If you do a lot of cooking at home and like to entertain with the food preparation and cooking out of sight, then you may wish to house an oven and microwave in the area. A refrigerator can be included, perhaps a small bar style one if space doesn’t allow for a full sized fridge/freezer.

If you’re going to be preparing food in your butler’s pantry, a sink and a tap really are a must.

Kitchens for multi-generational homes

Homes that are shared by more than one generation of family, typically have different design needs to an average home. The shared space of a kitchen is one area that can really benefit from a great design.

Island benches can be a great addition here, offering multiple food prep areas. But, depending on space, you don’t need to limit yourself to a single island bench. Why not a double?

Multiple cooking areas may also be advantageous, depending on your needs. And that is the key to all of this, what are your personal needs and tastes as it is these things that will dictate the design of your perfect kitchen. This is why it’s so important to have dion seminara architecture create your kitchen design for you.

Where everything old is new again

For those who don’t want an island bench, there is a trend developing of people returning to having kitchen tables.

Of course, once upon a time most kitchens would have a table. And whilst we’ve gone away from that in the past couple of decades, old things have a way of coming back into vogue.

Kitchen tables offer more than just a touch of nostalgia. They can offer flexibility in so much as they can be moved when they have to. They allow a dining option where people can sit face to face in an informal setting. They can even double as a comfortable food prep area, or a place to sit and relax while you’re waiting for something to finish cooking.

The key here, as it almost always is, is having the right kitchen design to suit a kitchen table and chairs. It should work with the way that you intend to use the space.

Let’s get started

If you’ve been thinking about remodeling your kitchen, or if you’re building new and want the ultimate kitchen design for your home, then you need to call us today. We have a wealth of experience and can create a space that will work magically for you. A space that you will find a pleasure to work in. Simply give us a call and we can explore the options with you today.

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Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 30 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.