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Your kitchen: The alternatives are endless; the combinations, infinite
By Amy E. Britton, CKD
Nothing makes as much of an impact on an older home or helps promote the sale of a property like a freshly remodeled kitchen. Whether you wish to create space that’s perfect for your family or make your kitchen more appealing to prospective buyers, redesigning or remodeling your kitchen can be an incredible adventure.
Back in the ‘olden days,’ it was quite common to see similar kitchens in many local neighborhood homes. Not anymore! The trend right now is for the kitchen to be a unique and livable extension of the family space, boasting both personality and purpose; style as well as storage. In addition to its primary functions, the kitchen should be comfortable and pleasing to the eye.
The kitchen has evolved into a room that is so much more than a food storage and cooking area. It’s now truly the epicenter of the home, and may include multiple cooking centers, homework and craft areas, charging stations for portable devices, flat screen televisions, wine storage, lockers for kid paraphernalia, pet accommodations, built-in banquette seating – even specialty appliances like built-in coffee makers or steamers.
What’s wonderful news for consumers is that there’s been a virtual explosion of new kitchen products in the marketplace over the decades. From innovative appliances to beautiful to practical types of countertops to cabinetry in a wide array of woods, styles, and colors, there are now unlimited resources for the homeowner to choose from for a unique kitchen.
The alternatives are endless, and the combinations infinite. As a result, determining your new layout and selecting the styles and colors that best match your personality and lifestyle have never been easier…or more complicated.
If you’re not sure where to start, it’s a good idea to work with a professional kitchen designer to help you navigate the process. The first thing they will do is work with you to establish design priorities and a budget. They also will look at the overall space to make sure your new plan flows smoothly and relates well with adjoining rooms. They are familiar with all of the newest kitchen technologies and products and will guide you through all of the available choices to assure that all items on your wish list are incorporated into a final cohesive design. They also will help you with color and material selection. In many cases, they will even oversee all the ordering and coordinate and supervise subcontractors – all of which reduces stress and complications.
The right design – combined with the perfect selection of materials, colors and architectural detailing – will give you many years of outstanding usage, value, comfort and pleasure. A custom-designed kitchen is always the best choice for quality, aesthetics, and resale.
Amy C. Britton, CKD is owner of Artisan Kitchens in Osterville. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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