Better Homes and Gardens magazine shows off a multifunctional space with a strong connection to the outdoors. A kitchen, window seat, banquette, desk, and mudroom offer plenty of room for the family's after-school activities.
"The kitchen is the place where the family comes together," says Oma Blaise Ford, senior deputy editor of Better Homes and Gardens. This all-encompassing kitchen helps solve the problem of fitting in family time, since the design allows for many activities to take place in and around the kitchen area.
Luxurious space for a mudroom, banquette/homework center, window seat, and cooking area fill this layout with family features.
Complementary countertop materials -- Corian (in the gray "Earth" color) for the main work surface and Zodiaq (in "Indus Red") for the eating bar -- add pizzazz to the design, as well as definition to the functions of the surfaces.
Virtually maintenance free, DuPont™ Zodiaq® is 93 percent pure quartz crystal, which gives it a natural depth and radiance without the imperfections common in unimproved stone. It is also incredibly durable, resisting both heat and scratches. Our red countertop adds sparkle and pops in the otherwise neutral kitchen space.
Give the kids their own space to create sandwiches, breakfast items, or snacks. This cabinet's roll-out shelving and built-in electrical outlets also let you close the doors to hide any clutter.
On the other side of the island, a large built-in refrigerator and double wall ovens share space with a cookie bar and cookie jar display area.
Most families could use the handy features and space inside this KitchenAid French Door refrigerator. On top, the double doors require a smaller area to swing open -- a boon for a busy kitchen where multiple cooks and kids may frequently cross paths. A bottom freezer offers easy access to ice cubes, frozen pizzas, or ice cream.
Sparkling stainless wall ovens combine a top unit with a convection/microwave combination, a second oven, plus a warming drawer to keep dinner hot for stragglers.
A curved line of raised red countertop helps break up the look of a large island and adds a pleasing design element to the space.
From the island, the striking red banquette can be seen in the far corner. It's a perfect spot for homework, snacking, eating meals, or just chatting.
A small desk near the banquette is a place where Mom can make grocery lists, plan activities, or make calls.
Steps from Mom's desk is a pet-care space with a shower (as handy for washing muddy boots as it is for washing the dog), a pet feeding station, and plenty of storage for pet supplies.
Opposite the pet wall, built-in cabinetry (KraftMaid's Amhurst Maple door in Ginger Glaze) creates a home for paperwork, boots, mittens, and sports equipment. To the left (out of view), a lower shelf offers a place to sit while changing shoes and also acts as a backpack staging area.