Con­sider the kitchen your multi-pur­pose space

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION - - News Canada

When it comes to kitchen ren­o­va­tions, the trend to­ward cre­at­ing a multi-pur­pose space — a place for the en­tire fam­ily to gather, share meals and en­ter­tain friends — con­tin­ues to grow.

Jac­que­line Glass, an in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor, be­lieves that cre­at­ing a bal­ance be­tween style and func­tion­al­ity is key when de­sign­ing a well-planned kitchen.

Jac­que­line rec­om­mends in­clud­ing a home­work/com­puter cen­tre for kids and a fam­ily seat­ing area in the kitchen. A win­dow seat con­tain­ing cup­boards and open shelves pro­vides a cozy spot for read­ing, while al­low­ing for ex­tra stor­age, and an is­land that is fully func­tional for food prepa­ra­tion, of­ten be­comes the cen­tral hub of the kitchen. “A com­mon re­quest among my clients is a kitchen that serves the needs of the en­tire fam­ily,” says Jac­que­line. “I of­ten plan for kitchen is­lands that in­clude a com­plete bar prep area. Ex­tremely pop­u­lar, bar preps of­fer the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for en­ter­tain­ing and pro­vide ad­di­tional work space for the kitchen.”

Jac­que­line ad­vises clients to in­clude a sink and pull out faucet in their bar prep area for fill­ing pots and wash­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles.

Ad­di­tional tips to help make your kitchen both pur­pose­ful and fash­ion­able for your fam­ily.

- When de­sign­ing a bar prep area, try to keep it out­side the kitchen’s main work tri­an­gle. This will al­low room for guests to as­sem­ble in the kitchen while the host pre­pares hors d’ouevres and drinks.

- To have ev­ery­thing you need at your fin­ger­tips, your bar prep area should in­clude stor­age space for wine and stemware racks, a wine cooler, ta­ble linens ad sil­ver­ware.

- Make your kitchen user-friendly. Cre­ate more stor­age by mov­ing ap­pli­ances, like the re­frig­er­a­tor, from the corner of the room and re­place it with a floor-to-ceil­ing pull­out pantry.

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