Basements can be a great place for a kitchen, the way they are built lends themselves well to them. For example, basement floors tend to be made of concrete, which is ideal for heavy equipment, such as dishwashers and washing machines and as the rooms tend to be square it makes it easier to lay out. Another advantage of having a kitchen in your basement is that it can keep in the noise and the smells.
The practical stuff
When building a basement kitchen, you need to think about drainage, ventilation and utility points. Most basements should be close to your property’s drainage system meaning your sink and other waste pipes can run through your basement wall, quite easily.
Ventilation can be tricky in a basement kitchen. To ensure there is adequate ventilation in your basement kitchen, you’ll need to put in either a ventilation shaft or an air vent. You will also need an extractor fan to help get those smells out.
Basements tend to have easy access to gas and electricity points. It’s also a good idea to have your boiler hidden in one of your kitchen cupboards as it keeps it out of the way and uses less power when in the basement.
However, one downside to a basement kitchen is that basements can be prone to flooding especially if you live in a flood risk area. You will need to consider the possible effects both financially and cosmetically that a flood may have on your basement kitchen. You may need to consider buying cheaper kitchen appliances that can be replaced if damaged as well as ensuring any expensive equipment and items are covered in your home and contents insurance policy.
Let there be light
Basements are not known to be light and airy rooms but, there are ways to get natural light into your basement kitchen. If you have an exterior wall, putting in a window will help to bring in natural light. Another popular option is light wells. These can be either internal or extremal. For example, you can install a skylight or a Velux window into the roof or you can have a walkable glass floor as the ceiling. Both options offer natural light and a design feature that will give your home unique style. Another design option that can bring lots of light into a basement room is installing a glazed staircase. If your basement is on the dark side, you can opt to put mirrors in strategic places to help to reflect what light you have.
Design ideas for your kitchen
We’ve talked about the practical aspect of a basement kitchen now it’s time to talk about design options. A basement kitchen does not need to be much different from an ordinary kitchen. However, there are some design features that just work better in a basement kitchen such as:
- A wine cellar.
- Under stair storage.
- Large kitchen islands and dining tables.
- Basement kitchen tend to keep noise in, so you can have friends over till late or blending a smoothie at any time of the day or night without worrying about waking up the rest of the house
If you are looking for have your own basement kitchen contact Simply Basement today!