Want to “Cook Up Some Love” this Valentine’s Day? Follow These Kitchen Design Tips from Neil Kelly Company

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Remodeling company offers kitchen design tips for how couples can cook together without having their relationship go up in flames.

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Layout and design are important if there are multiple cooks in the kitchen

The seminar could also be called how to cook without stepping on your partner’s toes!

Neil Kelly Company, an award-winning design-build remodeling firm, offers kitchen design tips for couples who want to avoid restaurant crowds and cook at home this Valentine’s Day.

Neil Kelly’s home seminar, “Love in the Kitchen: Creating a Kitchen to Enjoy Together,” offers layout and design tips for couples who want to create meals and memories for years to come. “The seminar could also be called how to cook without stepping on your partner’s toes, both literally and figuratively!”
shares design consultant Heidi Hawk.

Hawk suggests first determining each partner’s desired role. Are both cooks partners in meal preparation, or is there one head cook and one assistant? Is one person more interested in chopping up a salad while the other prefers baking? Figuring out kitchen roles can help each person feel more comfortable and confident, and make a difference in how you set up your kitchen.

Common challenges to cooking with a partner in the kitchen:
1. Not enough counter space
2. Aisles aren’t wide enough to comfortably pass by
3. The “kitchen triangle” does not work for two people (hard to move between the sink, the range and the refrigerator)
4. When dishwasher door opens, it blocks the path between island and counter

Hawk offers the following layout and design solutions:
1. Create a designated work space for each person
2. Assign specific roles, so each is working alongside (not on top of) one another
3. For any future kitchen remodels, consider adding a second prep sink
4. Relax. And remember the dishes can wait until morning!

Upcoming Seminar
Portland residents are invited to attend Neil Kelly’s RE-IMAGINE HOME Seminar Series. The “Love In The Kitchen: Creating a Kitchen to Enjoy Together” seminar will take place Feb 14th at 1:00 pm in the Lake Oswego design center. Register for this free event at http://www.neilkelly.com/seminars-and-events/.

About Neil Kelly Company
Neil Kelly Company, the largest residential design-build remodeling firm in the Northwest, helps homeowners care for all aspects of their homes. Services include custom homes, award-winning design-build remodeling, energy upgrades and home repairs big and small.

Neil Kelly is proud to be a certified benefit company (B Corporation) and seeks to be a caring corporate citizen in everything that it does. With five Pacific Northwest locations in Portland, Lake Oswego, Eugene, Bend and Seattle, Neil Kelly is renowned for its innovative design and remodeling services, quality craftsmanship and sustainable building practices. Homeowners are invited to visit Neil Kelly design centers or attend free educational workshops. Visit http://www.neilkelly.com

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