Design to Include Kids

Determining how a child fits into the kitchen or bathroom masterplan has become a part of the process of accommodating shifting families and lifestyles. In fact, "a concept that's universal--a concept that allows for actual living--is, simply put, truly good design," says Faith Sheridan, a Seattle-based interior designer.

Place appliances in easy-to-reach places. "If you're looking to avoid bending down, install appliances in the wall," Sheridan suggests. Conceal refrigeration and pantry space below the counter and behind cabinets, adding ease for those who can't reach up high. "Microwaves are usually what kids learn to use first," says Shannon Seip, co-author of "Bean Appetit: Hip and Healthy  Ways to Have Fun with Food," (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2010). "Build confidence in the kitchen by placing your microwave at a level everyone in the family can access. Allowing your kitchen space to function for the whole family is key."

Design kitchen islands at lower heights to accommodate chefs and taste-testers of all ages and abilities. Sheridan recommends a lower counter height of anywhere from 30 to 36 inches. Seip suggests having one section of the counter 18 inches lower than the rest to create a cooking area for pint-size chefs--one that will also be suitable for bar seating and for displaying decorative items.


Source:

http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2011/10/01/homes.390520.sto

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