Adding a Basement Kitchen
A finished basement can be used for many purposes including a multimedia space, bar area or fitness room. But often a renovated basement is designed as an extra guest room. In this instance, it is worth considering a variety of basement kitchen ideas.
Plentiful storage was a priority for their renovation, but it needed to be right at hand. A new square island, which is table-height, provides a spot for homework, projects and dining, with storage built in to the cabinet base. Bookshelves hold cookbooks, textbooks and homework. Drawers hold table linens. An extra trash built into the table speeds Thomasene's cleanup and eliminates multiple trips back and forth to the kitchen trash.
The mudroom connects visually with the kitchen by way of built-in cabinetry holding household files, charging stations and cleaning tools. Well-organized drawers corral the takeout menus and school communications that fill family life. A bank of cabinets disguises the inner workings of family life, including a corkboard installed behind a faux cabinet door.
A bench and hooks just inside the back door give children a place to drop shoes, jackets and backpacks. "The lockers for the kids greatly help with being able to clean up quickly for company," says Thomasene. "I specifically wanted doors on them so that they would always look neat — we just don't let the guests open them." Cubbies above and drawers below hold seasonal items. A pretty Oriental runner softens the space.
The first step to installing a basement kitchen is to design the space. Proper fire exits, how to ventilate cooking fumes and the best route for connecting appliances, like a dishwasher, to the basement plumbing are all important when deciding on the layout for a basement kitchen.
It is also important to decide what fixtures, flooring, lighting and appliances will work best for the basement kitchen that works best in your home. Budget is, of course, another factor to consider.
If a full-scale kitchen is too large or costly for your basement space, then you may want to consider a kitchenette. A kitchenette provides necessary amenities, like counter space, a dishwasher and a sink, without some of the larger appliances that may be included in a full basement kitchen.
See also: Planning a Basement Remodel
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