The kitchen is the heart of the home - the one room you'll spend time in, guaranteed, every day. Whether you're a whizz in the kitchen or a novice, you'll still be stocking those shelves and whipping up dishes to sustain and nourish yourself and your family (even if those dishes are cereal).
With some clever design, you don't have to compromise on your kitchen by going tiny. Storage is key. Minimize your kitchen equipment to multi-use items that you know you'll use again and again. Stick with a design scheme that flows from the rest of the house, to keep everything compact, functional and beautiful.
1. One-bedroom country property from Eplans
A classic country-style build, this Eplans design measures in at 815 square feet (76 square meters). From the porch entry, a foyer takes you into the bedroom with ensuite, as well as access to the laundry room and a walk-in closet. An open-plan living, dining and kitchen space occupies the other side of the property, with a secondary entrance from the single-bay carport. A large storage locker is located outside, adjacent to the partially covered patio.
2. Contemporary two-bedroom house from Family Home Plans
Check out this striking modern build from Family Home Plans, coming in at 631 square feet (59 square meters). Looking out over the covered porch, the kitchen takes pride of place in the open-plan living and dining space of this property, complete with island breakfast bar. Ideal for a small family, the double master bedroom and single bedroom both have built-in closets and access to the shared bathroom.
3. Modern two-bedroom build by Houseplans
This sleek design from Houseplans comes in at 991 square feet (91 square meters). Enter to a foyer with built-in closets, laundry cupboard and access to the first full bathroom. Beyond the foyer, a well-appointed great room looks out over the back patio, with room for both living and dining areas. The kitchen, complete with central island station and pantry sits at the front of the property with a view out to the entryway. From the open-plan center, you can access the master bedroom and ensuite or second bedroom; both doubles, with built-in closets.
4. One-bedroom country house from Homeplans
This Homeplans property feels like a sprawling country home once inside. Coming in at 727 square feet (68 square meters), it would work beautifully for a couple who enjoy entertaining. The large central open-plan living, dining and kitchen area takes pride of place looking out over two separate outdoor decks so you can follow the sun. A huge double bedroom with built-in closets leads into the full bathroom. The two-car garage is attached to the house, with extra storage built-in between the walls.
5. Stylish contemporary two-bedroom property from Family Home Plans
A beautiful piece of architecture, this modern house from Family Home Plans comes in at 924 square feet (86 square meters). The ground floor entranceway boasts a generous closet, then leads into the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. A laundry room sits just off of the kitchen and there is also a full bathroom and a double bedroom on this floor. Upstairs, a double master bedroom enjoys an ensuite bathroom and views onto the outside terrace.
6. Two-bedroom Craftsman cottage from Houseplans
Designed for a lot that slopes at the back, this Houseplans property is ideal for a couple or a small family. Measuring 980 square feet (91 square meters), the entrance is off the front porch. A foyer opens into the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, complete with kitchen island, pantry, and door out to the back deck. Two double bedrooms with built-in closets share a full bathroom between them. Downstairs takes you to the two-car garage level, with additional storage, a mudroom, and a laundry room.
7. One-bedroom cottage from Homeplans
A sweet cottage property from Homeplans coming in at 484 square feet (45 square meters). Ideal for a couple, enter from the covered porch to an open-plan living area dominated by the kitchen. Built-in closets keep everything tidy. A full bathroom and a double bedroom with built-in wardrobes finish off the layout of the ground floor. Upstairs, a bonus room can be used as a study space or a spare bedroom for guests.