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8 Kitchen Remodel Ideas That Are Perfect For Busy Families

Kitchen Upgrades That Will Make Life Easier for Everyone


Has your family outgrown your home’s kitchen? If so, a kitchen remodel can be a great opportunity to increase not only its visual appeal, but also its overall functionality and efficiency.

For many homeowners, it can be tempting to focus on upgrades that will pay off in the long run with the highest return on investment. However, it’s important to remember the value of investing in your family’s comfort and quality of life. When a kitchen runs smoothly and efficiently, it creates more time for families to spend together. 

1. Breakfast Bar

Adding a dedicated space for morning meals is a great way to boost your kitchen’s efficiency. Having it connected to a central island keeps your entire breakfast operation within arm’s reach. This makes for a quick setup and an easy cleanup!

2. Pantry Storage Expansion

If food storage is an issue in your kitchen, expanding your pantry will be a game changer for your household. You would be surprised at what just one or two more shelves can do!

3. Wet Bar

Although it may sound like something more fitting for a bachelor pad or condominium, a wet bar can make life much easier for busy families. It allows children and guests to access snacks and cold beverages without interfering with cooking and cleaning activities in the kitchen.  

4. Appliance Nook

Does your household depend on bulky appliances like stand mixers, juicers, or blenders? If so, consider a dedicated storage space for these appliances. This will allow you to free up valuable counter space without sacrificing the convenience of keeping them close at hand.

5. Quartz Countertops

If new surfaces are on the list for your next kitchen remodel, consider the the convenience of quartz countertops. Quartz is perfect for busy families because it’s nearly indestructible and never needs refinishing. Plus, its non-porous nature promotes a bacteria-free environment!

6. Landing Zone

When returning home, most people head straight for the kitchen. A landing zone provides a dedicated space to charge phones and drop off keys or other items, keeping the clutter away from the rest of the kitchen.

Including a magnetic or cork board in your landing zone also provides space to display artwork and other important papers, freeing up space on the refrigerator.

7. Pot Filler Faucet

Imagine being able to fill a pot with water without taking a single step away from the stove. It’s possible, with a pot filler faucet! This convenient fixture saves huge amounts of time and energy for busy parents preparing meals for their families.

8. Stainless Steel Appliances

For families with young children, stainless steel appliances are the way to go. They are easy to clean, hard for tiny hands to leave smear marks on, and highly resistant to bacteria.

Stainless steel countertop surfaces are also a good choice for busy families. They fit especially well in modern and minimalist style kitchens. 

Ready to Start Designing the Kitchen of Your Dreams?

At Straight Line Design & Remodeling, we have been designing and building kitchens to meet the needs of families in the Portland metro area for over a decade. That means that we have the experience and know-how to bring your project to life while staying on schedule and on budget.

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