Creating a great Room
We asked Gail Farmer of Room Interiors how
to make the most of a small kitchen
A: The priority is to make sure you have enough room to open appliances and work easily between the island and any other units on at least three sides. A peninsula is often a good option for smaller spaces and can provide excellent storage space.
Q: How will I be able to fit in enough storage?
A: Plan as many drawers as possible into your design. These give much better storage than cupboards and are more easily accessible. Q: I love cooking, but how will I fit in all the appliances I need?
A: Consider how you cook and which appliances you will benefit most from. If you only have space for one oven housing, we would suggest a standard size oven, a combination oven and a large warming drawer.
Steam Combination ovens are becoming more popular. These can be used as an oven on their own if your single oven is full, as a steam oven is perfect for vegetables, rice, pasta and fish meaning you will only require a standard size hob.
A steam oven can also be used as a combination oven for roasting meat or chicken while keeping it moist. They can also be used to defrost which may negate the need for a microwave. A large warming drawer should be used not only for warming but consider to be a built-in slow cooker, ideal for any slow cooked food from casseroles to porridge or for slow baking of dishes such as Pavlova.
Q: Will I still be able to fit in seating?
A: This is often a case of prioritising. If you want seating at the Island you may have to compromise on storage. Room is based at Unit 9, Bankfield House, 250 Bristol Avenue,
Bispham, Lancashire. FY2 0JF. www.room-makers.co.uk