A new year means new home plans. I love making plans for our home. I also love dreaming about our ideal home renovations if money, space and time were no object (oh imagine!). Do you love planning your dream kitchen? Would it be a traditional farmhouse style or perhaps a sleek, futuristic kitchen with all the mod cons?
Take a look at ten features of our dream kitchen:
Kitchen Extension and Bi-Fold Doors
So, the first thing I would need in my dream kitchen would be lots and lots of extra space. I’d love to extend our kitchen. To complete our extension, we’d install bifold doors which would lead to a covered outdoor seating area (with an outdoor “woodfired pizza oven” too- well we are dreaming after all!). The glass doors would make the large kitchen so light and airy and the combined indoor and covered outdoor area would be perfect for entertaining.
2. A Kitchen Island
Our current kitchen is too small for a kitchen island, but in our dream kitchen, there is (of course!) plenty of room to fit one. We’ll sit at the kitchen island for breakfast and snacks. it will also be a great space to sit and drink wine while cooking and to keep the weekend cook in the house (Dave! 😉 company while he conjures up a delicious treat. Although it looks very stylish, I wouldn’t have appliances on my kitchen island, I’d love to keep it purely work surface (take a look at these Silestone Worktops to choose your dream pattern and shade).
3. Belfast (or Butler) Sink
Butler and Belfast sinks have been popular since the 1700s and still look at home in modern kitchens today. Their classic design suits any style of kitchen. I love retro style and would adore an original style ceramic sink, however, I don’t want lots of breakages in my dream kitchen so my dream sink would have the style of a Butler sink but possibly made from a more practical material such as steel.
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4. Retro Kitchen Unit
The only thing stopping me sourcing a retro kitchen unit is lack of space in our current kitchen. I love the blue 1950’s and 1960’s kitchen units. I’d use a vintage larder cupboard to store all our baking equipment and the fold-out surface would make a great kitchen workspace for the kids.
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5. Welsh Dresser
I think many people would say that you can’t have both a welsh dresser and a 1950’s kitchen unit but remember this is my dream kitchen! I’d place the dresser on the dining side of our spacious kitchen and it would house our tableware, ornaments and candles. There’s be bunting too, of course!
6. Huge Pantry
I would love to have a walk-in pantry cupboard to store our dried food. No matter how I try organising our tins and containers in our kitchen cupboards, I’m not happy with them. Imagine, a dream kitchen with a huge walk in pantry with enough space to have labelled glass jars on display to clearly find everything- perfect!
7. A Double Range Cooker
As we’re a family of six, our dream kitchen would definitely include a double range oven so we wouldn’t have to cook roasts and breakfasts in rotation. It’s something we would have invested in years ago but again we don’t have space. We’ve used them in holiday homes and it makes cooking for large families so much easier, especially with our different dietary choices.
8. A Double American Freezer
I really love retro style Smeg fridges, but in our dream kitchen, I’d love a large double fridge and freezer. Our fridge is also bursting to full and we have a small freezer. I’d love a larger freezer to be able to store batch cooked meals etc.
9. A Kitchen Dining Table
My dream kitchen would also include a kitchen table in addition to the dining table in the dining room. I’m very good at filling a table! So it would be very useful to have one table free for craft, school work and projects and another kept purely for everyday eating. My ideal chairs would be retro Eames style.
10. A Kitchen Sofa
We actually use our back door as our front door so I’d love an American style mudroom nook where the kids could hide away their shoes, coats and bags and then a kitchen sofa to come in and rest on. It would be so handy for the kids (and ourselves) to be able to plonk themselves down on the sofa as soon as they come in (in my dream kitchen world coronavirus does not exist and our kids have busy lives again!) and to tell us about their day. I’d love the space to make our kitchen the hub of our home, a social space, purely than just for cooking and washing up (although I guess my dream kitchen would have a dishwasher too!).
I’ve loved thinking about my dream kitchen. It’s made it clear to me that we would really benefit from extending one day. It’s also made me think of ways we could include some of our dream aspects into our current kitchen. Our understair cupboard could be revamped to be an extra pantry cupboard. We could look into buying a kitchen island trolley for extra surface space or a floating shelf and bar stools for sitting space. For a quick and affordable refresh, we could also repaint our kitchen cabinets and replace our old worktop (there’s a great selection of Laminate worktops here).
What would your dream kitchen look like? What are your dream appliances?
This post is sponsored by Stone Synergy but all opinions are honest and our own.