Kitchen remodel ideas
The only real measure of a kitchen remodeling success is how you feel every time you step inside. Does it make you feel happy? Does it fit your lifestyle? Chances are that if your kitchen is more than seven to 10 years old, it is probably out of step with your life today and a remodel is your opportunity to tap into your unique desires, wishes, and motivations. Your goal should be to transform “just a kitchen” into your kitchen. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Rethinking the Work Triangle
“Life-flow” is just as important as workflow. Ask yourself how you envision yourself in your new kitchen. Do you and your spouse enjoy cooking together? Then you’d better plan compatible workspaces. Do you entertain a lot and need space near the work area for lingering and chatting? Then a multi-functional center island is a must.
The role and function of the pantry has changed dramatically over the years from just a place to store canned goods and dishes to serving as a mini kitchen. Lifestyle appliances like microwaves, coffee machines, and juicers that would clutter a kitchen with an open floor plan are easily accessible in an adjacent, but separate, butler’s pantry. In the Katonah kitchen (pictured on page 32), the architects gave the center island the look and feel of a big harvest table and it is a central focus in a larger room. The only traditional kitchen elements on display are the sink, commercial range, and microwave, with the cleanup station, refrigerator, wall oven, and built-in coffee system tucked out of sight in the pantry.
2. Cool New Products
Drink drawers are the latest trend in refrigeration and are a nice addition for younger children so they can reach for drinks without any help from parents. Most drink drawers are refrigerator/freezer combinations, which is handy. But be aware: Because they are new and trendy, they are expensive.
My number-one choice in every kitchen remodel is to get a water filtration system, preferably for the entire house. You don’t want to think about all the sediment on the inside walls of municipal water lines—why do you think they have to use so much chlorine? Bottled water is expensive and you have to deal with all the plastic bottles. Consider a water filtration system—if for no other reason, it will improve the taste of your coffee or tea.
Continue in Part II
By Sabine H. Schoenberg