Cre­at­ing a great Room

Lancashire Life - - EXPERT ADVICE -

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

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