The National Kitchen & Bath Association reports that more than 1.8 million kitchens are remodeled each year. We’re pretty sure a host of these remodeled kitchens serve families with school-age kids. Arguably these are the most used kitchens in the history of kitchens. No, we don’t have stats to back that up, but. anecdotal evidence confirms our hunch. Consider creating an after-school kitchen design to simplify your clients’ lives.
Here are the ABCs on how to create a smart kitchen for your client and their kiddos:

A is for: Accommodate the main cook. Parents need a space to cook meals that does not involve squirting chicken juice on homework. So how about incorporating two islands into the floor plan? One for food prep + one for school prep = two tasks that can be done in harmony.

B is for: Make cleanup a breeze. High-maintenance design is the last thing busy parents—or kids for that matter—need during the school year. Remodel with flooring, countertops and wall paint that won’t stain and are easy to clean.

C is for: Account for all children. If your client has more than one child, make sure the after-school kitchen has space where everyone can spread out, grab a snack and get to work.

D is for: Include a data port. Design an accessible data port into the layout so kids can charge their electronics while they work. Maybe it is hidden beneath a ledge on an island, or placed into a kitchen drawer. Wherever it makes sense is good because not only will it give kids the power they need, it will provide a public space where kids can use devices so mom and dad can better track screen time.

E is for: Organize eats. When kids can fend for themselves, everyone wins. Design a functional pantry that puts mom-approved food within reach. Also consider a pull-out refrigerator drawer. This handy tool makes chilled snacks accessible, while also keeping hungry kids out of the cook’s hair.

And F is for: Have fun and design a fabulous after-school kitchen fit for cooks and kids.