Are you moving to a home with less space? Why not? I mean, there are tangible benefits. An old family home can be too big and inefficient once your children have flown the nest. Plus a smaller home will mean less maintenance and lower utility bills.
But downsizing will present you with challenges too. Will it mean getting rid of mod cons? Can you adapt from a spacious designer kitchen to a smaller one?
Luckily, there are many imaginative solutions these days to get the most out of modern day kitchens.
Today’s technology is practically made for downsizing, thanks to the boom in single devices that perform many different functions.
There are many downsizing design solutions as well – from whole blown structural alterations to space-saving ideas – even illusions for making rooms appear bigger. Kitchen designers are great at making rooms appear larger than they actually are.
With careful planning of a smaller home’s layout, you can also make it much more sociable and fun. Multifunctional technology, for example, is brilliant for downsizing…you may have spent the best part of your life cooking up meals on an Aga or range cooker, but that’s just not practical in smaller kitchens, or necessary at all for that matter.
Built-in, chest-high, 45cm-wide ovens are ideal for saving space and you can use them for many different cooking activities.
Some other great ideas include compact dishwashers and fridges/freezers that fit into drawers.
Many people are convinced that, when they downsize, the new kitchen will be too small. But, with a good kitchen designer, it usually ends up connecting really well with the other rooms. If they are really well-planned, modern kitchens can end up being noticeably more spacious.
In terms of storage, built-in cupboards look much tidier because they appears to be part of the wall beside it.
Get some space-saving pieces
Modern technology has enabled manufacturers to design clever, multi-tasking kitchenware for people with limited space.
When downsizing, nesting bowls are great for saving on space, and they are made in various materials, such as stainless steel.
Wall hung storage
If you’re all done and you are still stuck for space, take a look around your kitchen. Open walls are fantastic for open shelving and adds some style to your storage.
Even if your open wall is very small, you can still use wall brackets to hang kitchen utensils in order get some extra room in your drawers.