Kitchens are the heart of the home and everyone uses them differently. When designing the kitchen for your new home plan, be sure it works for you! It will be a social center where family and friends naturally congregate and not just to enjoy your cooking. Opt for open space and a natural flow into other areas of the home.
Be sure your home design team understand who you are — what’s right for you and your lifestyle. You’ll probably spend more time in the kitchen than in any other room in the home. Listen to what the design professionals have to say but also make sure you don’t compromise when it comes to your likes and dislikes.
There are many things to consider when designing your kitchen and you want to make sure that is has the longevity and functionality that makes it a worthwhile investment. Cover all of your bases so that you don’t have regrets later on.
Here are the top 5 things you need to consider when building your dream kitchen:
Number 1. Don’t go overboard on the big trends of the moment or lean too much the other way by choosing strictly traditional looks. They can become dated and boring over time. The safe alternative is to adopt a transitional approach. Transitional, as its name implies, is a blending of styles. Lines are clean but can incorporate a touch of the ornate as well. Lighting and faucets will be more on the contemporary side.
Number 2. Opt for quality. This is not a place to skimp on appliances, counter tops, cabinetry and flooring. Ask your designer to review the pros and cons of various materials available. Don’t overbuy. Consider if this is going to be your home for life or if you intend to make a move in the next few years. It’s never a good idea to go for the extremes…the most or least expensive.
Number 3. Utilize every bit of space available. There’s no such thing as too much counter space. Cabinet built-ins provide badly needed storage, keeping your countertops free from clutter. Think about the little touches that will be greatly appreciated when it comes to the usability of your kitchen i.e. drawers with silverware dividers built in, built in space for spices and canned goods and small appliances.
Number 4. Be sure your major appliances are a standard size and that your counters allow enough space for standard size appliances to slide in and out easily. Don’t end up with an old refrigerator that needs to be replaced and a space too narrow for a new one. Your house design professional is so important in determining dimensions and measurements and ensuring that all the parts fit seamlessly together as planned.
Number 5. Do your own research. Be sure you understand the care and upkeep of your new countertops, floors and appliances. Stainless steel appliances are beautiful but they are also a magnet for fingerprints and smudges. Talk to your design team and go over all the various options with them.
Rules were made to be broken so if there’s something you absolutely can’t live without, go for it. Buy that wonderful kitchen faucet that’s part stainless, part chili-pepper red. It will make a statement and create a focal point to build your décor around. Just remember, the next owner may not share your taste and anything too “unique” may be a deal breaker when it comes time to sell.
A popular extension of the home kitchen is an outdoor kitchen. The outdoor kitchen is no longer just for warm-weather climates. People want to start entertaining outdoors earlier and stay outside longer in the season. The outdoor kitchen allows for gracious entertaining in settings that are impervious to spills and messes. This type of kitchen can be as simple or as creative as you make it. Think of your outdoor kitchen as an oasis. Adults can cook and chat; children can play within sight of parents. The experience is relaxed and informal. Work with your design professional but expect to add anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 to the cost of your home; for those seeking some more creative and elaborate surroundings, the cost could easily reach $100,000.
Is the cost worth it? In a competitive economy, homeowners face the challenge of differentiating their residence from others. These spaces are a unique selling point that could act as a deciding factor amongst perspective home buyers. Also, they will last and provide enjoyment for decades. The enjoyment to be had from dining outside is passed from homeowner to homeowner.
Make sure you sit down and really think through your new kitchen. Make a lot of notes and look online for ideas and layouts that might fit into your new house plan.