Hacks 101: Kitchen
Sometimes we just need to think outside of the box… or at least hire professionals to think outside the box for us!
It is often said that home is where the heart is. Here at Birdblack Design, we know that home is also where our stomachs are! We eat, we entertain (even more so in 2020), we prepare our school, university or work lunches, we snack on the lounge whilst bingeing entire seasons on Netflix. The Kitchen is our “homely” space – and therefore it is the space that needs to feel most homely.
Throughout the entire process, we tailor design every detail to meet the individual needs of our clients and their households.
Here are a few Birdblack Design Hacks that you may find helpful in keeping your Kitchen clean, organised and perfectly functional.
Is your benchtop full of cords? One for the toaster, one for the kettle, a couple for charging devices and all of a sudden your bench space is a haven for cords instead of prep space. Birdblack Design prefers to install designated cupboards where these smaller appliances can be utilised daily and then stored away.
Now if you have a WIP (Walk-In Pantry) your life is just SO MUCH better! Having a WIP is absolutely perfect for busy families, with busy lives. Traditionally, a WIP will house plenty of pantry storage for food items, smaller cooking appliances (toaster, sandwich press, kettle) and lovely bench space for prepping in peace and quiet. This means the main Kitchen can be kept clean whilst the family has their rushed Tuesday morning breakfast. It also means the main Kitchen can be kept clean during entertaining on Saturday night or Sunday afternoon. All the unsightly mess and prep can be stashed away in the WIP!
The piece de resistance of Walk-In Pantries is, of course, the Butler’s Pantry. The Butler’s Pantry comes fully equipped with plumbing, sinks and places for rubbish disposal. It is completely decked out with the larger appliances such as: oven, dishwasher, wine fridge, second fridge or freezer – ultimately whatever is required for your individual entertaining and family needs.
Now whilst your WIP or BP can be an open space adjacent to the main Kitchen, we simply can’t mention WIPs and Butler’s Pantries without at least HINTING at the fact that you can have a SECRET DOOR concealing them splendidly. No one even needs to know!
Birdblack Design often finds clients a) own existing appliances that do not suit their needs or b) they don’t have enough appliances to cook everything at once. We find that many of our clients don’t have enough appliances within the home, meaning that entertaining cooking can literally take all day as you rotate in and out of the one, small oven and struggle to keep food cold with the one refrigerator. Who has time to cook all day long?
Inadequate Bench Space
There is nothing more frustrating than discovering there is not enough bench space for your chopping boards, utensils and the hot pots and pans you are holding. Where do you set them down?!
Bench space is either in awkward positions, or small strips of space. This is not functional space. As confessed food lovers, Birdblack Design guarantees we always consider your prep space within the kitchen, ensuring it is both functional and ergonomically appropriate.
We live for perfectly planned kitchens, family and friends, and of course, food! We promise that your dream Kitchen will be the heart of your home and fabulously functional too.