Puccini Tips: Assessing your kitchen needs

Question from a Mumsnetter in Wandsworth:

We’re extending our kitchen at the moment and will end up with a really big rectangular room. I’m struggling with planning it as I can’t work out how much space to allocate for the kitchen area (we want a dining area and ideally space for a seating area with sofas too). Obviously, we’ll need oven, hob, sink, fridge, freezer, dishwasher etc… but I can’t work out how many cupboards etc. we’ll need. Is there a normal amount?

Here’s what we said:

To be honest with you, we’ve seen that kitchens come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so there isn’t a ‘normal’ amount that we would quote. It really does depend on the size of your household and the lifestyle that you lead. This is what we prefer to look at so that we can ensure our clients are getting the kitchen solution that suits their personal needs.

A good starting point is to look at your current kitchen arrangement and decide how much extra space you need/would like, and with what features and functionality i.e. drawer space, larder space etc.

Think about the occasions you have used your kitchen over the past 6 months, in terms of large and small events, as well as day to day usage.

Consider what you keep in your kitchen, the number of appliances you have and whether or not there is a separate laundry area. This overview gives you a realistic snapshot of what you will actually use the kitchen for and is useful in helping a kitchen designer create a beautiful, functional and flexible space to your requirements.

Ensuring that your space is measured by an expert will ensure that you can maximise your space with a tailored combination of different worktop and storage solutions. The contemporary trend – particularly in the type of family room you may have in mind – is for an island that hosts either the hob or the sink. We prefer to put the hob here so that the island becomes the focal point of creativity rather than a central dumping ground for dirty pots and pans!

A good size island will provide you with plenty of options for integrated drawers, bin solutions, cutlery, pots and pans etc, leaving you with more space for cupboards elsewhere in the kitchen space. If you don’t have room for an island, then a peninsula can help maximise your cupboard space.

We work on many side and rear extensions so do let us know if you’d like us to come for a visit to look at your space/plans and give you some concrete, free advice.

Any more questions, ask away! We’re happy to help or call us on 020 3507 1937 for a free home visit.