Friday, February 14, 2014

Kitchen Layouts for Your Lifestyle – Part 2

Sure, there are plenty of basic layouts and styles that will suffice, but then there are those that were built for their homeowner. In part 1 of this post, we went over kitchen layouts for families with children and for the entertainers out there. Because lifestyles range so much, we’ve got plenty more to share.

Take a look at these ideas:

The frequent flyer

This persona may find him/herself constantly on the go – whether it’s traveling for a consulting job or just meeting up with friends at a local restaurant 5 days a week. Here are some things to consider when it comes to layout and design:
  • Budget – If you’re rarely going to use your kitchen, there’s no need to upgrade your countertop edges or other details you won’t have time to appreciate. Go for options that look nice, but won’t break the bank.
  • Appliances – No need to install top-of-the-line appliances if you’re never going to use them. Choose sleek finishes that you can enjoy when you’re there, but don’t worry about that extra stove burner or the design of your refrigerator too much.
  • Style – Although you won’t be using your kitchen to its full potential, you still may have people over from time to time. Opt for a modern or contemporary look that is both stylish and smart, just like you.
In between homes

If you’re moving into a home that you know is temporary, but still want a nice kitchen, it would be wise to design your kitchen with resale in mind. We recently covered this in our post “Remodeling With Resale In Mind,” but here are some key reminder tips:
  • Openness – buyers tend to seek an open layout that will allow them to enjoy their surroundings while cooking. Keep your design open by eliminating extra walls and including proper lighting throughout the space.
  • Finishes – You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s always best to keep things neutral when you’re planning to resell, especially in more permanent areas. Opt for lighter finishes and dress the room up with texture.
  • Style – Choose a style that will appeal to the masses, like transitional (which includes the warmth of traditional with the sleekness of contemporary kitchens).
Changing the layout and design of a kitchen tends to make people nervous, but when you work with professionals who understand your wishes (and care to fulfill them) there’s nothing to worry about. Our accredited designers are graduates of the New York Kitchen & Bath Design Institute where they have been trained and tested on product knowledge, design concepts, and the latest in computer aided design technology. If you want your kitchen to be designed with your lifestyle in mind, come discuss it with our team – we’re always happy to help.

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