Questions to Ask:
- How many children do you have, and how old?
- How does each family member use the kitchen?
- Do children prepare their own snacks and/or meals?
- What about pets?
- Who hosts the family gatherings, and how large are these events?
- Do you cook for family gatherings (or order take-out, rely on a caterer)?
- How many family members cook in the kitchen at one time?
- What is each person’s role in the kitchen? (For example, dad cooks on weekends, mom makes everyday meals, children prepare their own breakfast, etc.)
- Describe a day in the life of your kitchen. What works? What doesn't?
- A 30-inch baker’s height countertop in one zone; or a pull-out countertop that is lower and gives children ample workspace
- Floor surfaces that are easy to wipe down, such as porcelain tiles
- A family seating area, such as a breakfast nook, small table or even lounge chairs and a coffee table
- Media such as a computer or flat-screen television
- A family organization center that can be hidden away in a cabinet space, containing calendars, a bulletin board and other scheduling/messaging tools
- Pet food storage bins built into cabinetry