During your time with living in a rental and starting a family, you may have learned that you spend a lot of time in the kitchen. If you are getting closer to shopping for a home, you may know that you want to live in a house with a functional kitchen that has even more functionality compared to your rental. This will require you to demand certain features and qualities in the kitchen.
Limited counterspace is something that can turn into a major problem in certain situations. When you are the only one cooking in the kitchen for your household, you may be able to work with limited counterspace and not have to worry about running out of space to use. But this can change when your spouse and children are in the kitchen helping with meal preparation.
Another time in which you may run into issues is when you invite family and friends over. The amount of food that you need to make to accommodate everyone will likely require more space compared to just feeding your household, so you should demand ample counterspace. This means that you will want to look for lengthy kitchen countertops with a large overhang.
An easy way to expand how much counterspace you have to use along with other functionalities is to get an island with the property that you purchase. If you are worried about not having enough storage in the kitchen, you should prioritize islands with a lot of drawers and cabinets.
On the other hand, if you want to provide kitchen seating for your household, you should look for a lengthy or circular island that allows you to set up lots of chairs without creating an obstacle.
A single sink with multiple bowls may be something that you have grown accustomed to using, but you may love the idea of getting a kitchen with two sinks for the improved flexibility. Not having to clean fruits and vegetables in the same area where you wash dishes is helpful.
Although you can make a standard refrigerator work by getting a pitcher water filter, faucet water filter, or just buying filtered water, you will appreciate a more functional refrigerator. Being able to get water and ice from your fridge is a feature that will save time for your family.
Knowing what to demand will lead to buying a home with a functional kitchen. Alternatively, you could hire a kitchen remodeling company to make these and other changes to your new home's kitchen after you move in.