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How to Design the Kitchen According to Your Needs
June 20, 2017
The kitchen is usually known as the heart of the home, a place where the family gathers around and now commonly a place to dine together.
It’s the space our clients get most excited and hands-on in designing. With abundant options and styles, we consistently hear two main concerns that clients are looking to achieve in their new kitchen island. First, that it needs to maximize storage and function, and secondly that it creates an architectural statement. It’s really important when considering a kitchen remodel or new build to work closely with a quality contractor who can help you think through your island’s design and how best it will work for you.
What will your kitchen be used for?
What is the purpose of your kitchen? To store, cook or entertain? Knowing what you want to use your island for will help guide its design, including the size of counter space. For example, if it’s function you’re looking for then you might consider adding a work sink, a dishwasher, or possibly even kitchen stone hoods or trash compactor. Are you a big baker? Did you know you can create custom drawers that integrate all your baking essentials in one spot? This includes built-in containers for your beloved sugar, flour and other baking needs. Maybe it’s incorporating your fruit and vegetables into easy-to-open basket pantry drawers. The options are endless.
Make sure you have all the space you need
When you are working with a contractor make sure you tell them about all your space needs and all about what you are looking to achieve. Create an space that is unique to you and your family, with all the right nooks and spaces that integrate your needs. Do you want open shelving or lots of deep cabinetry to store odd size appliances and cookware? Do you need a large work space? A well-designed kitchen island that is not only practical and functional can be a time saver when entertaining or preparing meals. Do you want to put kitchen stone hoods? Will you have enough space for kitchen stone hoods?
Will you be using it to dine in?
If your space is also going to serve as a gathering place or serve as your main seating area, you will want to ensure you have plenty of leg room and the appropriate counter height for matching barstools. All things you need to discuss in advance with your general contractor before you get started.
Use appropriate lightening to set the mood
Lighting frames the center island and should not be an afterthought. No matter how your large your kitchen island and how it will function, ensuring you have the appropriate amount and type of lighting is a must. From recessed lights to statement chandeliers to wall sconces, lighting will set the right mood and can really add that special touch of elegance or rustic charm you are looking to create.