Making Your Kitchen Into A More Social Space
For many home owners the kitchen has become the hub of the home it’s no longer just a place to cook and eat, but a place to relax, entertain and spend time with friends and family.
With this in mind and with Spring just around the corner now is a great time to look at making the most of your kitchen. In this article you will find ideas of how to make your kitchen a more social able and useful room.
Finding time to start DIY projects is sometimes difficult when our lives are already full with the school runs, work, and the usual day to day chores, however with the summer ahead of us this should give us the incentive to kick start this home improvement project which will not only add value to your property but also your life style.
1. Reworking The Kitchen Layout.
You may want to start by totally reworking the layout of your kitchen units or just look at changing certain areas, by adding new storage solutions, installing new doors or adding a seating area.
When looking to make changes to the layout of the room think of how best to divide up the room having clear areas for relaxing, cooking and eating this will ensure that the room will be used in the most beneficial way and no one will be getting in each other’s way.
Adding a breakfast bar or island immediately gives the family and visitors a place to seat and gather. A kitchen island also creates additional storage departments. If you don’t have room for a separate dining table and chairs then the island makes up for the lack of space and is perfect to use for dining as well as preparing meals.
If you have a table and chairs try and position these near the natural light and if possible near the access to the garden. If your budget and property allows it, think about adding French doors which will open up the room into the garden area and these style doors will also allow more natural light into the room and give you great views of the garden.
2. Open Plan Living.
If you need additional floor space to create a more social able setting then you have 2 options available to you.
Firstly you could knock through into one of your down stairs rooms so this may be a living room, dining room or snug room by joining two rooms together you are instantly creating a more social able setting. By joining another room to the kitchen however means for the two rooms to look like one, you will need to redecorate and change the flooring to seamless join the rooms together.
Or alternatively you could add a ground floor extension, if you decide on this option you will need a large enough budget, enough land outside the property to use, and you will also need to apply for planning permission if you want to extend your property. As this is a large home improvement project it’s advisable to work with professionals such as an architect, builder and a double glazing company.
An important part of having a social able room is making sure that there is enough comfortable seating for everyone to enjoy.
Depending on the floor space you have will determine what type of seating you can offer, if you have plenty of space then you may be able to add a sofa and comfy chair as well as a dining table and chairs and also have room for an island or breakfast bar.
But for those you don’t have so much room then choose carefully what seating and furniture you add to the room. The whole idea is to make the room more social able and lived in, so it’s worth mentioning that the furniture and seating you add should be useable and easy to wipe down and look after. Family and guests will relax far more in a room that is functional and not full of precious antique pieces.
4. Join The Garden To The Kitchen.
If your kitchen is at the back of your property and leads to the garden you have the option to seamlessly join the terrace to the kitchen, by installing bi-folding doors.
This style of door allows more natural light into the kitchen as well as providing you with panoramic views of the garden. The best bi-fold doors you can install are aluminium folding doors due to the fact they will not contract and are stronger than PVC or wood versions, they also have no stringent limits to the height and width and are available in a choose of colours and finishes.
So now that I have given you some ideas on how to make your kitchen a more social will you be doing some DIY this weekend?