Kitchen Design Part 2
The past few years have witnessed an incredible real estate boom that rivals any that the United States and Europe have ever seen in recent decades. The combination of relatively healthy economies that produce low interest rates and a surge in builder confidence has caused home ownership to rise to never-before-seen levels. As a result, home owners are able to concentrate on facets of their home that were before overlooked, making for more finicky consumers. One of the top draws for a home buyer in the modern real estate climate is that of a well-designed kitchen. Here are five tips that will help you make sure that you kitchen is well-designed for your family and to help ensure that your home is ready for sale.
- Take layout into consideration
When laying out your kitchen, keep it open and airy and well-connected to the rest of the house. The kitchen is a prime spot for congregation so it is best to keep doorways wide and have open access to dining areas and living areas for easy entertaining and living. Most houses that feature decks leading out into the backyard have entrances to them coming from or nearby the kitchen for easy backyard barbequing as well.
- Zone your kitchen appropriately
There are four zones to take into consideration when designing your kitchen: cooking zone, staging zone, storage zone, and cleaning zone. The cooking zone refers to the areas around the stove, oven and microwave. The staging zone is countertop areas that are used for food preparation. The storage zone is cabinets and pantry space. The cleaning zone is the sink, garbage disposal, and garbage areas. Keep these zones separate and well-defined for a more planned and less cluttered kitchen area.
- Kitchen floors and countertops
The materials used in kitchen floors and countertops are a huge asset in assessing the worth of the kitchen. Look for durable materials that are of high quality and that can withstand a lot of traffic, since the kitchen is one of the most visited and used areas of the home.
- Storage areas and cabinets
Cabinet materials and types can make or break a kitchen, as can other areas of storage such as the pantry. Pick cabinets that complement the appliances and the floors and countertops and that are made of durable, attractive materials.
Probably your largest investment in your kitchen, updated appliances make cooking and cleaning your kitchen a much easier prospect to tackle. Make sure all of your appliances match in color for an even look throughout.
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