All things kitchens (including butlers, walk-in pantries and appliance cupboards)

There’s a huge amount to consider when it comes to designing your kitchen.

And more than any other area of your home, you can feel a lot of pressure that you’ll stuff it up.

This episode is about kitchens … all thing kitchens, which means I’ll also talk about butler’s pantries, walk-in pantries and appliance cupboards.

Your renovation or new build can the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to finally get a kitchen that works. One with decent bench space, great storage, and a layout that enables you to enjoy being in it, using it, and getting the most from it.

So, in this episode, I’ll cover the 4 “F’s” and how they relate to your kitchen. I’ll also share 3 mistakes to avoid, and 3 design tips to aim for so you nail this space in your home.

When a kitchen works, it ends up being amazing for improving your time and life in your home overall.

The thing is, for most homeowners I work with have families. And when you have kids, the way you usually entertain is at home. It’s hard, and expensive, to take a tribe of children out somewhere. And even when you do, you never get to actually speak to your friends, because you’re too busy watching the kids!

So getting together with your friends and family usually involves being at someone’s home. And having a lovely open plan kitchen / living / dining area, that then flows to outside, is such a winner with easy family living and entertaining. Sounds good hey?

So what are these mistakes? I mention a lot in this podcast episode, and here are my top 3:

Mistake #1:         not planning out the storage you need

Mistake #2:         island bench is too stumpy in proportion

Mistake #3:         using a corner pantry

There are also lots of design tips. Here are the top 3:

Design tip #1:      keep all services out of the island bench (including your sink)

Design tip #2:      remember that your fridge is deeper than your kitchen joinery

Design tip #3:      consider whether you need an island bench at all

Kitchens are a big deal in our homes. They’re the source of a lot of angst when they don’t work well, and so can be pretty stressful to get right. And, they also chew up a lot of our budget.

Listen to the podcast now. I hope you find it helpful in getting it right in your kitchen design.

Remember if you want to learn more about how to design your home, I’ve created a special (and free!) e-guide for you. It’s called “How to Design a Home: 5 Simple Steps to Getting it Right”. Just click on the image below to get your copy.


Further reading on kitchens on the Undercover Architect Blog:

Design tips and dimensions for your family kitchen >>> CLICK HERE

Greener Kitchens: How to design and build a sustainable kitchen >>> CLICK HERE

How to Design a Compact Kitchen >>> CLICK HERE

Design Masterclass: Kitchens >>> CLICK HERE

What do you need in the perfect butler’s pantry? >>> CLICK HERE

 And Undercover Architect kitchen blogs on Mum Central …

 5 Ways to get the Biggest Bang for Buck with Your Kitchen Makeover >>> CLICK HERE 

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  • CATH
    March 29, 2017, 1:57 pm  Reply

    Awesome podcast thanks Amelia, I’ve been looking at my kitchen plans all morning and you’ve just give me some more great things to think about!

    • Amelia
      March 30, 2017, 11:31 am

      Hi Cath,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the podcast – thanks for your kind feedback. Best wishes with your kitchen plans!
      – Amelia, UA x

  • March 31, 2017, 2:42 pm  Reply

    Great tips! I found your comments on keeping the island completely free of services interesting – I never really thought about the fact that we don’t stand in front of a sink for long these days. We opted to put a double bowl in the island of our new place (still being built) and agree it takes up a lot of space, fortunately it’s at one end and it’s a relatively generous-sized island

    • Amelia
      April 1, 2017, 1:57 am

      Hi Jane,
      Thanks for your kind feedback. It sounds like you’ve come up with a result which suits you. Congrats on your new kitchen, and best wishes with finishing your project!
      – Amelia, UA x

  • Reen
    April 3, 2017, 10:32 am  Reply

    Hi Amelia,

    Love your podcast, thank you for all the information you share!

    We’re currently designing our kitchen, and looking at the designs you’ve uploaded above, you seem to be OK with 600mm between a kitchen sink and cooktop..? I was worried about this in our design, but now feel it may be OK…

    • Amelia
      April 4, 2017, 7:05 am

      Hi Reen,
      Thanks for your kind feedback – I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcast.
      The best thing to always do is mark the design out at real life scale. If you can get a tape measure and get a feel for exactly how big this is, and be confident in it before building it, that’s the best thing to do. In my experience, it is sufficient, but it also needs to be reviewed in relation to the rest of the kitchen layout, where else you have bench space, and how the kitchen feels overall. Best wishes with the design process!
      – Amelia, UA x

  • Emmeline
    April 7, 2017, 7:49 am  Reply

    Loved this episode, but really confused as to how dead corners could be avoided. I can understand having an island bench to avoid it forming a U, but there would still be a corner in the other end. I really can’t imagine the kind of kitchen you are describing without diagrams.
    I noted that my own kitchen has design flaws 1) u-shaped 2) corner pantry 3) kitchen sink in dominant bench.

    • Amelia
      April 7, 2017, 9:03 am

      Hi Emmeline,
      Thanks for your comment.
      As mentioned in the podcast, my favourite layout is the galley style. That’s where you’ll have a long back bench, and an island. So no corners, as all cupboards are accessed directly face on.
      The other preferred version is an L-shape with an island. The return of the L would be high cupboards and fridge recess. Or alternatively, it can be a bench as a servery to outside. That seems to be the two options I generally great. I often block out the corner below bench, so you don’t have a cupboard that’s hard to get into.
      Check out the kitchen designs in the Project Diaries – they start on these 2 pages >>> and
      – Amelia, UA x

  • Chris
    April 10, 2017, 3:38 pm  Reply

    Synergy in your message – I was putting groceries away into my corner pantry as I was listening. And yes the floor of it certainly isn’t clear…. All of the negatives are spot on. So many dead zones with dry ingredients just languishing….

    • Amelia
      April 11, 2017, 1:17 pm

      Hi Chris,
      Hopefully there’s some comfort in knowing you’re not alone! It’s a significant design fault of the corner pantry. So challenging to use efficiently. Thanks for listening to the podcast!
      – Amelia, UA x

  • Brenda
    April 26, 2017, 2:17 pm  Reply

    As I do a lot of cooking I am planning a butlers pantry in our new build. After listening to your podcast my brain went hmmmm, do I really need a sink in my island if my butlers has the dishwasher and sink. But I watch tv while prepping dinner. Maybe a small sink. Positioning of the sink is the issue. Too close to the edge is a nuisance, would it be silly if it was centered?

    • Amelia
      April 30, 2017, 7:50 pm

      Hi Brenda,
      Thanks for your question. My main feedback is always that the sink is messy, and can consequently dominate use of the island bench overall. I always aim to put it on the back bench – if you listen to this podcast, I explain more about it there.
      Best wishes with finalising your planning!
      – Amelia, UA x

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