I'm coveting new kitchens at the moment. We had our 1970's kitchen replaced with a shiny new one just before our first child, Little E, was born 6 years ago and not only is it starting to look a little shabby round the edges, it is also not as practical as it was before we became a family. Wine bottle rack at floor level = bad idea with a 2yr old...
At 3Style Kitchens they design kitchens based around your individual lifestyle. Whether you are a budding chef, entertainer, family or busy couple they know what elements you need to make the kitchen perfect regardless of size. Ideal if you are about to have your first baby as they will steer you clear of wine rack faux pas and recommend a design which is futureproof.
When we had our kitchen installed we knocked a wall down to open up the space and put a return on the worktop dividing the room into kitchen and dining room zones. Great idea I hear you shout! Well we only got it half right. We didn't create a breakfast bar off the return. Big mistake. The kids always want to be involved with what I am doing in the kitchen and having them sitting up at a breakfast bar helping would be far easier, and a lot less dangerous, than standing on stools and chairs to reach the worktop.
When it comes to flooring I've always assumed traditional tiling is the way forward for kitchens but it turns out I was wrong. The grout lines get so grubby and I find myself scrubbing the floor constantly, plus the tiles are absolutely freezing in the Winter. In my next kitchen I am definitely going to opt for wooden herringbone flooring which not only looks fantastic but is a lot softer and more comfortable surface underfoot. Plus enginnered wood floors are known for their durability and resilience and won't crack when you drop a pan on them!
I also wish I'd gone for a proper double oven. Instead I have an oven with a microwave combi above. The combi does not work well in traditional oven mode so basically it is just used as a posh, very expensive microwave. Next time round I would opt for two full size ovens or, as in the picture above, three *swoon*. It would make a roast a breeze and seriously multiply the number of cakes I can bake simultaneously.
And soft close drawers and cupboards didn't seem like a necessity pre-children. Now with a 5year old slamming doors and cupboards shut we realise it would have been money well spent to invest that little bit more for these noise reducing, anti-slam features. Our neighbours agree!
You can find out more about bespoke kitchen design at www.3stylekitchens.co.uk
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.