When deciding on a separate utility or not, here are the main scenarios we come across when designing a new kitchen/utility for clients:
The large open plan kitchen diner
This type of space is usually a large open space with a natural flow from the kitchen area to an open plan dining area. This layout is perfect for entertaining as the cook never gets left alone on the kitchen whilst everyone else is enjoying themselves! In this type of kitchen, you don’t want the noise of a washing machine and dryer whilst enjoying your dinner or relaxing at the table with friends. Also, if you remove the white goods from this area you could provide space for a large island unit and potentially a bigger dining area and more storage space in your kitchen area. So, in this type of kitchen, we would recommend a utility area off the main kitchen.
Smaller kitchens with no dining area
In this scenario, the situation is much the same as above, apart from you have less space so moving the white goods out makes perfect sense. However, if you have to steal space from your kitchen to create a utility, then you may lose more than you gain.
Small kitchen such as a galley kitchen
In small kitchens, space is a premium and generally we will design these type of kitchens prioritising the main wishes of the client, e.g. if the client is a keen cook, we will try and find space to fit a larger hob or a double oven. If cooking isn’t your thing then storage and seating space will be prioritised. One clever trick we used recently in a smaller kitchen was to place the washer and dryer on top of each other in a small area just off the kitchen. We even found space for a slimline freezer too.
So, in conclusion, a utility room is a bonus but probably not at detriment of losing kitchen or dining space. At the start of any new kitchen project with a client we will carry out a thorough survey of available space so we can give you the best possible advice to meet your brief.