12 | 13 | 2013Tis the season!
The holiday season is in full swing and there’s nothing better than celebrating with your family in New England!
This is the time of year where we use our kitchens the most. We’re cooking and baking and there never seems to be enough room or appliances to do everything. Many homes in Massachusetts lack the space needed for today’s cook. It’s no surprise, since colonial New England homes only had pantry areas with the cooking being done in a fireplace or on a wood stove. We feel your pain so here are some thoughts on what you can do now to prepare for the perfect kitchen next holiday season!
Take good notes!
When you are cooking and baking you should see where the bottleneck is. Do you have enough counter space? Most cooks use the countertop between the sink and stove for preparation. Perhaps adding more space would do the trick, or maybe just free up some space by moving items to new locations, such as the toaster oven or microwave.
Is one oven not enough? Maybe a double oven would do the trick, or if you are a serious cook you may opt for three ovens. A warming drawer might be perfect to keep food prepared earlier in the day nice and warm for party time.
Where are your mixers, bowls, pots or pans? Do you have to walk all over the kitchen to find them? Are they stored away all year waiting for this moment? Keep track of items you use the most and also where in the kitchen you use them. This way they can be relocated when you decide to remodel. The correct placement of these items will make food preparations much more efficient.
It’s party time!
So everything is cooked, baked, and ready to go! Good for you! Where does it all go? Is your kitchen set up ideal for placing your buffet? Maybe a nice center island will help the flow, especially if you don’t have one now. Consider the flow of traffic around the kitchen. Do you have a peninsula that creates a tight walkway at the end? Switching to a center island set up would create a more natural flow for you and your guests!
With these notes you will see exactly what you like about your current kitchen and also what you don’t like. Everyone works around their kitchen differently so only you know what works and what doesn’t. Gathering all this information now will help your kitchen designer to see exactly what you need in a new kitchen layout.
We hope these tips are helpful. Please stay safe and enjoy the holidays with your family and friends!