Kitchens have always been a vital and valued room in the home. These days, their role has expanded significantly, and kitchens now act as family gathering points, informal dining areas and a place to work, entertain and study. With the now virtually ubiquitous open-plan living spaces that modern homeowners demand, a kitchen has to look amazing and function well in a practical sense.
For this reason, many homeowners who are building a new home or remodelling an older one find that standard, off-the-shelf kitchen designs are no longer enough. If you're planning your dream kitchen and you want to get every element of the room right, then a custom-designed kitchen is an excellent option.
Custom-made kitchen designs let you have total control over the layout and the look of your kitchen. You can also make sure that your new kitchen works perfectly for the way you intend to use the space and what you intend to use it for. It also means you can include the extra touches that take a kitchen from great to incredible. Here are two non-standard kitchen features that you might like to consider incorporating into your new kitchen.
1. An over-sized island bench
Island benches have become a mainstay of contemporary kitchen design, and they make an ideal addition to an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space. They help to make preparing and cooking food a more social pastime and provide an abundance of much-needed extra bench space.
To take your island bench to the next level, you can extend it so that's it's considerably larger than a standard island bench. This allows it to be a multi-function feature that provides enough room for multiple concurrent activities. The added bench space also means that you can incorporate a sink and stove top if you want an even-more-social cooking environment.
2. A butler's pantry
A butler's pantry is effectively a behind-the-scenes kitchen that is designed to house all the less-glamorous aspects of cooking. It's an increasingly popular feature in modern homes and is an excellent way to keep open-plan living less cluttered and more streamlined.
Items that are usually included in a butler's pantry are the dishwasher, an extra sink, a second fridge, rubbish containers and open shelving for food and appliance storage. Even if you don't have the space for a very large butler's pantry, a small one will still help you to keep the mess and dirty dishes out of sight and your main kitchen clean, sleek and attractive.