When planning appliances, add areas (away from the cooking zone) where family members can help themselves instead of bothering the cook.

Some ideas to consider:

-Separate refrigerated drawers (at kids height) for easy access to snacks and drinks

-A wine refrigerator to simplify entertaining

-A food warming drawer to keep side dishes hot, warm plates and cook food in batches

-Double dishwashers – simplify cleanup (especially when entertaining) by having two dishwashers in separate areas. Kids can empty one dishwasher while mom is loading the other!

-Pet food storage bins incorporated into cabinetry. Also consider a pet feeding station built into the side of your island!

Hopefully these tips can help you design a family friendly kitchen that is not just beautiful, but also functional, practical and convenient.