What's the most important room in your house? For me it's the kitchen.
I love to eat, cook and spend time with family, and the kitchen is
where I can do it all. With today's busy schedules, mealtimes are often
the only times families have to spend with one another. So how can you
have the perfect kitchen for your lifestyle, stay within your budget and
maximize resale value? One of the
most important steps in any project is starting with a great design.
It's not just about looks, it's more about function and adding value to
More than any other room in the house, a
kitchen has to be well thought out, carefully configured and designed to
accommodate multiple functions. You probably spend more time in your
kitchen than any other room, and that's exactly why it's so important to
start with a great design. Consider these seven ways to get there.
1. Avoid isolation.
many of today's families, the kitchen is the heart of the home and
should be a place where people can gather, entertain and relax — not
just cook. That's why an open plan, like in this kitchen, works so well.
The open plan isn't your only option, but it isn't going
anywhere yet. Consider your family's needs carefully before choosing a
kitchen plan, and know that if resale is an option for you, most buyers
these days are looking for an open kitchen. Open vs. Closed Kitchens — Which Style Works Best for You?
2. Plan a functional layout.
you like to cook and enjoy making meals for family and friends, there
is nothing more frustrating than a kitchen that doesn’t function well.
Most designs today follow the basic kitchen work triangle
of the sink, refrigerator and range to maximize functionality. But take
your own needs into account too. Plenty of counter space for prep,
especially next to appliances, like in this kitchen, can make your
cooking routine go much more smoothly. Read more about kitchen layouts
3. Choose a good location.
If you plan to make your kitchen the heart of your home, choose a
location that connects it with all the other major circulation points.
Having your kitchen anchor your home's great room or provide access to
the garage through a mudroom or laundry room is a great way to achieve
4. Include ample storage. There are so many accessories and appliances available for modern kitchens,
it's easy to feel overwhelmed and forget about storage. Don't
underestimate how much storage you'll need for food, flatware and all
the little gadgets you're planning to stock up on.
5. Add an island if there's room.
Let's face it, people love to hang out in the kitchen — especially when
there's something cooking that smells delicious. For families a kitchen
island can help make the kitchen a space where everyone can gather and
spend time. Space and kitchen layout will impact your island's
efficiency, so it's not for everyone. But it's absolutely worth
considering.Which is for you? Kitchen table or island?
6. Plan outdoor access.
Again, this will depend on your home's layout and spatial
considerations, but it's always great to place your kitchen adjacent to
the outdoors. This will give you plenty of natural light (and an
enviable kitchen sink window
), and can also increase your entertaining space with an outdoor patio or dining area.
7. Have fun. Above
all else, your kitchen should be about you. Don't be afraid to
incorporate personality into your design and material choices. Start
simple, but don't be afraid to choose what you like best. No one else's
opinion really matters in the long run.
The truth is, great kitchen design
is less about looks and more about how it works. Great design
translates to a house that functions better, costs less to build, is
more efficient to run and maintain, and gets you more for less.
great meal doesn’t have to cost any more than a regular one. It needs
to start with a great recipe, have quality ingredients and be carried
out with confidence and execution in the kitchen. The same thing could
be said about your next kitchen design. Make sure it’s a great one!