The Kitchen Is The New Living Room
Kitchens are not sedate and quiet rooms. They are rooms filled with energy, aroma and texture.
Newer kitchens, while called kitchens, are so much more. Today’s kitchen is today’s family living space. These large rooms house several areas within. There is the kitchen area – the designated cooking space – thoughtfully, carefully planned and laid out. Then there’s the dining area within the kitchen, usually large enough to hold a table that comfortably seats 6 or more, and finally, in many of these larger kitchens, is the sitting area, so that in effect, the whole family can hang out together while cooking, working or relaxing. Many new homes embracing the more casual lifestyle are being built without a dining room or formal living area. For those who enjoy entertaining and do so often, even the homes with formal dining and living areas find that the crowd usually gathers in the kitchen.
When we asked our clients, those with larger kitchens, absolutely believed them to be the most important space in their home. Lifestyle was a large influence as well. Those who enjoy cooking and entertaining view the kitchen as an important and integral space – contributing greatly to family life.
An evolving space
The evolution of the kitchen began two decades ago when the kitchen started to become living spaces with more time spent in these spaces and where more was done than just cooking. Newer homes were designed with kitchens as living spaces in mind and so these rooms became larger to better accommodate family and friends as an additional space for entertaining. Many kitchens began to open to other rooms. These newer, larger, more accommodating kitchens now had space for large tables and islands and were planned to create a natural flow for those coming and going. Much more thought was being given to kitchen design and functionality. As a result, homeowners started to alter and enlarge their own kitchen spaces to follow the “trend,” both for lifestyle and resale purposes.
The importance of kitchen size today
Today the importance of a good sized, productive kitchen is vastly important. In the eyes of realtors, it certainly is. A house’s resale depends greatly on its kitchen. Its location and functionality are also important keys. Older kitchens must be made to look newer, more streamlined, and more modern.
If you are considering expanding the kitchen in the home you recently purchased, the home you’re about to sell, or if you’ve decided to age-in-place and want the long term benefits of a larger, more modern kitchen-living space, then call or contact the experts at Glickman|Design Remodel Build. We have over 40 year experience in the DMV in designing and building kitchens that truly will make the house you live in, Yours.
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