Multi-Generational Kitchens

Multi-generational homes are increasing in popularity. Whether it’s grown up children moving back in with parents to save for their own home, or older and younger generations pooling financial resources to buy a larger property. We are delighted to offer guidance from award winning kitchen designer, Diane Berry of Diane Berry Kitchens on designing a multi-generational kitchen - visit our blog Der Kern, to find out more.
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If you're planning a open plan, family friendly space, remember that no one wants to relax after dinner in a room that smells strongly of food and this is why extraction has to be high on your list of requirements - read more about choosing your extractor on our blog, Der Kern | Pictured: Miele Levantar cooker hood

Another extraction solution for kitchen islands is the Miele Levantar Cooker Hood, seen here with the Miele Induction Hob for a sleek finish that stores away neatly without interrupting the design of the island

The main thing to consider when designing any kitchen is the ‘wish list’ and what is practical in the available space, as well as the lifestyle of the family members who will be using it. If the design of the kitchen is right then it will feel right, it will be easy to use, and everything will flow when it comes to preparing meals | Kitchen: Tom Howley

The main thing to consider when designing any kitchen is the ‘wish list’ and what is practical in the available space, as well as the lifestyle of the family members who will be using it. If the design of the kitchen is right then it will feel right, it will be easy to use, and everything will flow when it comes to preparing meals | Kitchen: Tom Howley

In a kitchen you will need task lighting, which is where lights are directed onto worktops where you will be working. It is important that the light can land where you need it without you standing in the way and making a shadow. Also remember that task lighting might be needed in other parts of the kitchen where family members enjoy reading or sewing | Kitchen: Diane Berry

In this open plan kitchen featuring Miele appliances designed by Diane Berry, a central island stands out thanks to its grey marbled top, tying in with the matching splashback and creating a sense of continuity

Small appliances such as free standing coffee machines, toasters, food processors and mixers stored on work surfaces can look cluttered and untidy. When planning your kitchen design, think about creating a dedicated area for these essential kitchen helpers so that they can be easily accessed, used and stored away. A pull down tambour unit can be perfect for this - and great for hiding any mess after a busy breakfast rush! | Kitchen: Neil Lerner

Creating a 'breakfast' area within your kitchen allows your guests to find their own breakfast with ease in the morning

The three questions Diane Berry asks her clients before beginning their kitchen design journey are:  1. Who will be visiting your kitchen? 2. Might they use the kitchen? 3. Is this your forever home? Read more advice from Diane on designing a multi-generational kitchen on our blog, Der Kern

Award winning kitchen designer, Diane Berry of Diane Berry Kitchens offers her guidance on designing a multi-generational kitchen that's suitable for everyone

If you are looking to design a kitchen suitable for all members of your family, function is just as important as form - the space needs to work for you as well as looking great. As part of this, it is vital that the units are easy to open | Kitchen: ALNO handleless kitchen

If you are looking to design a kitchen suitable for all members of your family, function is just as important as form - the space needs to work for you as well as looking great. As part of this, it is vital that the units are easy to open | Kitchen: ALNO handleless kitchen

Kitchen diners are well suited for a family as they allow young children to do their homework or be in the same room whilst parents are preparing meals, therefore these designs tend to be more informal spaces | Kitchen: Raycross Interiors featuring Miele appliances

Kitchen diners are well suited for a family as they allow young children to do their homework or be in the same room whilst parents are preparing meals, therefore these designs tend to be more informal spaces | Kitchen: Raycross Interiors featuring Miele appliances

When designing a kitchen that will be used by family members of all ages, it's key to consider the materials chosen. For cabinetry, consider a gloss finish with a high shine as with this type of finish, the lacquer is usually applied five times, making it more resistant to scratching as well as being extremely low maintenance to clean

The story: Design Director Eve Turner, of Neil Lerner Kitchen Design was asked to create a symmetrical and glamorous kitchen for a couple and their growing family.

Head to our blog, Der Kern to read guidance from award winning kitchen designer, Diane Berry of Diane Berry Kitchens on designing a multi-generational kitchen - such as this one, featuring Miele appliances

Head to our blog, Der Kern to read guidance from award winning kitchen designer, Diane Berry of Diane Berry Kitchens on designing a multi-generational kitchen - such as this one, featuring Miele appliances

Opting for a large fridge freezer offers plenty of food storage for all the family, with moveable racks to adapt to large items | Pictured: iKFN28132ws fridge freezer

Opting for a large fridge freezer offers plenty of food storage for all the family, with moveable racks to adapt to large items | Pictured: iKFN28132ws fridge freezer

Another consideration for a multi-generational kitchen is noise. If you are designing your kitchen to be the central gathering point in your home, it is likely that you won't want noisy appliances disrupting conversations. Miele is proud to be a leader in quiet appliances. Our brand promise, ‘Immer Besser’ or ‘Forever Better’ means we strive to constantly improve appliances in all aspects, including the sound they produce. Read more on our blog, Der Kern

Another consideration for a multi-generational kitchen is noise. If you are designing your kitchen to be the central gathering point in your home, it is likely that you won't want noisy appliances disrupting conversations. Miele is proud to be a leader in quiet appliances. Our brand promise, ‘Immer Besser’ or ‘Forever Better’ means we strive to constantly improve appliances in all aspects, including the sound they produce. Read more on our blog, Der Kern

Ovens shouldn’t be above elbow height for anyone using them and make sure there is plenty of worktop space nearby, as you don’t want people carrying hot dishes far with other people or pets rushing around | Kitchen: Raycross Interiors featuring Miele appliances

Ovens shouldn’t be above elbow height for anyone using them and make sure there is plenty of worktop space nearby, as you don’t want people carrying hot dishes far with other people or pets rushing around | Kitchen: Raycross Interiors featuring Miele appliances

Offering a variety of seating arrangements is important in a multi-generational kitchen. Central islands with bar stools look great, but it is worth considering, will everybody be able to use these? | Kitchen: Award-winning journalist Kate Watson Smyth's kitchen featuring Miele appliances

Offering a variety of seating arrangements is important in a multi-generational kitchen. Central islands with bar stools look great, but it is worth considering, will everybody be able to use these? | Kitchen: Award-winning journalist Kate Watson Smyth's kitchen featuring Miele appliances

If you’re a family with younger children, an open-plan layout is ideal, allowing yourself or carers to prepare meals while keeping an eye on what the little ones are up to in adjacent spaces

If you’re a family with younger children, an open-plan layout is ideal, allowing yourself or carers to prepare meals while keeping an eye on what the little ones are up to in adjacent spaces

Another tip for a multi-generational kitchen is to ensure that the storage drawer for your crockery should be close to the dishwasher so emptying is a quick process - making helping out in the kitchen easy for everyone! | Pictured: Miele G 6890 SCVi K2O dishwasher

This white open plan kitchen features Miele appliances, such as a bank of Miele cooking appliances and the Miele dishwasher featuring Knock 2 Open technology for a sleek and streamlined finish

If you have a family of all ages that will be visiting, you need to think about whether elderly parents/grandparents can get onto a kitchen stool easily and how you keep toddlers safe. If it is going to be a forever home, then children may come along and grandparents might come to live in your home - all these points are important to consider early on in your kitchen design journey | Kitchen: Davenport Kitchen's kitchen featuring Miele appliances

If you have a family of all ages that will be visiting, you need to think about whether elderly parents/grandparents can get onto a kitchen stool easily and how you keep toddlers safe. If it is going to be a forever home, then children may come along and grandparents might come to live in your home - all these points are important to consider early on in your kitchen design journey | Kitchen: Davenport Kitchen's kitchen featuring Miele appliances

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