Whether you’re in the middle of the school year, it’s nearly time for a holiday break, or you’re on summer break, you know your home is very busy. Families today are busy and need the right designs within their home to fit this type of lifestyle.

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home and one your family probably spends a large amount of time in. Some have referred to it as “the heart of the house” and for good reason. Whether you’re preparing breakfast before sending the kids off to school or trying to prepare a good dinner for your family, the right kitchen design will make life easier.

When it’s time to redesign your kitchen during a remodeling project, consider these options for your busy family.

Add a Beverage and Snack Station

custom kitchen Plymouth mnIf room allows, add a station specifically for beverages and snacks. This can be a great way to keep the kids out of your way when you’re cooking or keep the mess they make away from your main area.

Your beverage and snack station can be all about the specific beverages and snacks your children prefer. You can even set it up so that they know that’s the only area of the kitchen they are allowed in after school or whenever they are looking for a snack.

The station should be set up away from your main cooking area and the cabinets should be very kid-friendly. This is also a good place to use plastic or non-breakable dishes to ensure there are no accidents pulling you away from preparing meals.

Add Island Seating

Maybe you already have an island or you want to add one. Either way, when going through a kitchen remodel, adding seating at the island is a great option for busy families. You can serve breakfast here, while preparing lunches or have your kids work on homework while you’re preparing a meal. It can even make it easier for kids to help with the cooking when you want to teach them a thing or two in the kitchen.

If an island isn’t possible, you can also add a seating area within view of the kitchen for homework. This can help to ensure you can keep an eye on your kids while they work and you can still do what you need to in the kitchen.

Use Durable, Easy to Clean Surfaces

Some countertops may look great, but they aren’t so easy to clean or so durable. Flooring is the same way and so are cabinets. You may have to invest a little bit more, but getting easy to clean and very durable surfaces will go a very long way for the busy family.

Make sure you choose flooring, countertops, and cabinets that provide easy to clean, durable surfaces. You’ll be glad you spent a little bit more when you realize the hours you save when it comes to cleaning up.

Innovative Storage Solutions

The right type of kitchen storage should always be a priority when you start a remodeling project. You want to have plenty of storage, but it should also be functional. It wouldn’t make much sense to put your spice storage as far away from the cooking surface as possible. It should be close by, making it easy to grab what you need, use it, and put it back.

Consider storage solutions, such as corner drawer, pull-out spice racks, large drawers with pegs for dishes, and even Lazy Susans for easier access. With the right storage solutions, your kitchen will flow perfectly whenever you’re cooking a meal.

Remember the Pets

If you have pets or plan to get pets in the future, you should think about them too. Remodeling a kitchen without considering where you will store pet food and where you will feed them won’t provide you with the best design. Often, pets end up eating in the kitchen because the floors are easier to clean and it just works.

If you have furry friends, designate a space in the kitchen remodel for food storage and for feeding. You can even have a built-in food and water bowl area that pulls out like a drawer. It might even be a good idea to have a bedding area put in as your pet may spend plenty of time there if you’re in the kitchen cooking quite often.

Busy families can make their lives easier with the right kitchen design. Take the time to think about what would make it easier to cook, clean, and function in the space. Then, communicate this to your design team and let them show you the innovative solutions you can use to make your kitchen a great place for cooking, cleaning, and eating.