How to Turn Your Kitchen into a Wellness Kitchen

with wellness architect Kate Hamblet

Show Notes from Blooming! A Healthy Home by Design S3 Ep.10

Welcome to Blooming! I’m so excited about todays episode!! If you have ever thought of remodeling your kitchen or if you are planning to build a new home, this is going to be an episode you won’t want to miss!


We’ll be talking with a wellness architect named Kate Hamblet. She's an architect and owner of the custom residential design studio Balanced Architecture. As a wellness architect, she has a passion for integrating wellness and health into architectural design. Her mission is to help health-conscious families create homes that promote health, happiness, and longevity. She is also passionate about protecting our planet, and ensures that both wellness and sustainability are at the heart of every project.

She’s also the host of a great podcast called Healthy Home Design and Kate’s newest venture, Balanced Home, Balanced Life was created so that she could help families across the country design homes that encourage healthy living.

Creating an online business also provides the flexibility of being able to go between her two favorite places, New Hampshire and Colorado, and call them both home

So I can’t wait to share this interview with you! Kate lets us know how we can design a wellness kitchen! We’ll be talking about the best layouts, the best materials to use, and ways you can design your kitchen for wellness so your kitchen will look beautiful AND function in a harmonious way that encourages a healthy lifestyle! I know we all want that! So let’s grow!


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RECAP


One of the biggest mistakes when building a home is using a house-plan that isn't designed for ultimate functionality. Or when remodeling, understanding before you build or remodel, how the layout of your new kitchen is going to function. Look at the lighting, make sure you have enough cabinetry for your items, look for space for your work zones. You are going to want to have Cleaning zone, dual prep zones to encourage family involvement, cooking zones, consumable zone that’s your food zones and then non consumables that you use daily - like your dishes and cups and things.


Blum dynamic space webpage:  https://www.blum.com/us/en/ideas/dynamic-space/workflow/

This is a really helpful resource for kitchen layout.

My countertop guide: https://www.balancedhomebalancedlife.com/episode4/

This is a link to signup for the downloadable guide.

Counter-space

When you are thinking about counter-space, at a minimum you want to make sure there is at least 2-3’ next to your sink and also next to your stove. Ideally you would have both sides of the sink with 2’- 3’ of counter-space and also some counter-space near the fridge. Either on the side or on an island directly across from the fridge. The ideal distance to have between your island and perimeter cabinetry should be a minimum of 3’6” but 4’ to 4’ 6” is ideal because it will allow for more flow and multiple cooks to move around comfortably.

Open Shelving

Open shelving can visually open up a space so it feels lighter and can be a good idea if used sparingly and for items you use daily so that you are cleaning the shelf regularly and she highly recommends to put them away from your stovetop so that it doesn’t accumulate dust and grease.

Material Choices

Material choices for a wellness kitchen are so important for air quality. Countertops, cabinets and flooring. Look for paint and flooring that is No VOCs because toxic fumes can still off gas in your home even when they are dry and the smell is gone. Hardwood and tile flooring is going to be a much better choice than laminate flooring. Laminate flooring has loads of toxic bonding adhesives that are very toxic and very harmful for our bodies.

Kate loves quartz countertops in a wellness kitchen because they are solid surface, resistant to stains and heat, and they don’t need to be sealed with toxic chemicals. She also loves natural stone countertops but be sure to research non toxic sealers. She recommends Cambria and Ceasarstone.

Other ideas

She also loves to recommend a refrigerator with a glass door. It keeps you wanting to keep it clean and organized and puts your fresh food in your line of sight so you are encouraged to eat healthier foods. Keeping it organized and clean will help with food waste and frustration of throwing food out that has gone bad because you didn’t eat it soon enough. The other suggestion is to get the fridge with the freezer on the bottom so the fresh foods are at eye level.

Ventilation is the next thing Kate mentioned that is so important in a wellness kitchen. Make sure you use your range hood every time you cook. The smoke that comes off what you are cooking can be very toxic so you don’t want those particulates in your lungs.

A steam oven can be a great alternative to a microwave. and induction cooktops are an amazing way to cook as well. It’s more energy efficient and actually much safer than gas.

I hope you enjoyed todays episode on How to create a wellness kitchen! Thanks so much for tuning in today! We’ll have Kate back again to go through more rooms of our houses and see how from a wellness architects point of view create a home that supports health. Have a great day!

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