A Well Designed Kitchen Makes for a Happy Cook

By: Michelle Fraser

Whether you are considering selling your home in the near future or just want to get the most out of living in your home a new kitchen design is never really a bad idea. First of all your kitchen will often be the selling point of your home if you're wanting to sell. Secondly, the kitchen is generally the heart of the home if your wish is to make the most of your enjoyment of your home. Most of my favorite childhood memories took place in the kitchen. Mixing batter and licking the beaters, holiday meals, learning to cook, doing homework as my mom cooked (or rather, attempted to cook) dinner. I even have great teenage memories of long phone calls with friends while washing dishes. This is the room that memories are built in. Of course you want the best kitchen design your dollar can buy.

The single largest expense in any kitchen is probably the kitchen cabinet. They are prominent features in any kitchen and probably one of the first things that visitors will see. After that would come flooring or countertops. Both of them can be expensive if you choose to go that route or simply look expensive if you are a savvy shopper. My kitchen design idea centers on the premise that many things can be replaced much easier at a later date than flooring. Once you've installed cabinetry and appliances, you do not want to have to deal with moving things in order to properly lay your flooring. If I were to choose one over the other I would choose the more expensive flooring initially and go with less expensive countertops that could be more easily upgraded at a later date.

Another way to make a kitchen inviting is to install a kitchen island. This works best than the older bars that separated the kitchen from another room in the house. Rather than separating the space, a kitchen design that includes a kitchen island brings the seating into the heart of the kitchen rather than isolating people to the other room. I always find a kitchen island to be far more inviting than a bar and I love the extra kitchen cabinet and countertop space it provides those kitchens that had neither a bar nor a kitchen island before.

A great kitchen design idea will open up the space that your kitchen occupies, invite visitors (to chat and assist in food preparation and clean up), and be efficient (ever had a kitchen where the dishwasher was across the room from the sink or the refrigerator and the stove couldn't be opened at the same time?). I hope you find the kitchen design that works best for your needs. A well-designed kitchen makes for a happy cook!

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