If you are ready to design and assemble a new kitchen, you can add great value while realizing your vision. Today’s designs are disrupting traditional ways in favor of adding space, features and functionality – assets that never lose their value. Here are some disruptive approaches to configuring your dream design.
Break it down! Rather than one large fridge with freezer, dishwasher, etc, break them apart and put them where you need them. Dishwasher drawers, warming and chilling drawers, separate fridge and freezer allow you to maximize work space and keep things at hand - or out of the way - depending on your unique style and flow.
Be in The Zone – Establish work zones and build around them - a zone for prep, for baking, for the barrista and for the somalier. Separate smaller sinks, function-specific drawers, cabinets and outlets now make it possible for you to perform your magic while guests and family sit, chat or grab a drink without being under foot.
Light it up – Back in the day, the kitchen had a single overhead light; there was a light on the range hood, and a light in the fridge. Lighting is now among the many design decisions you get to make. Up lighting, down lighting, under cupboard, over cupboard, under the edge of your counter over the cutlery drawer – wherever you need it today, you can have it, for focused functionality or to create a cozy nook for coffee and conversation.
Technology rules – Historically relegated to the home theater, man cave, or office, technology has finally reached the kitchen. Heated floors, LCD screens with finger swipes and shopping lists, and coffee makers with recognition technology that let you program and save your favorites save time, leaving room for more enjoyment.
Make it fast and easy - induction cook tops, convection and steam ovens, self-cleaning anything make things happen better, faster, more consistently, add value. Any feature you can include to save time will be a game changer.
Blurred lines – It’s no longer necessary to leave the professional equipment to the pros. Professional tools - steam oven, fryer, Sous Vide, iron griddle – add functionality and a special edge to set your kitchen apart from the everyday upgrade.
Blended family – Refrigerators, cooktops, and appliances break the clean lines of cabinetry and countertop. Invisible fridges, burners integrated into the countertop, and small appliance garages make it possible for appliances to just blend into your beautiful new design.
No matter how clear your vision, the most valuable element you can add to your new kitchen plan is a qualified designer. Experienced professionals know how to build the most value into your plan. They think about workflow and functionality; they find ingenious ways to squeeze more space into/out of your floorplan; they can discern a flash-in-the-pan trend from an enduring design aesthetic; they know where to get the best stuff at the best prices. They are worth their weight in gold, especially on this project – your dream kitchen.