Most contractors and real estate agents will tell you that the kitchen is where you want to invest your money in order to obtain long-term financial returns. However, your kitchen must also meet your lifestyle. “For example, your kitchen, a focal point of most homes, can be oriented toward a cooking enthusiast with food prep and baking areas integrated in a unique way or can be designed for entertaining, using accessible surfaces for serving. And, even if cooking isn’t your passion, your kitchen can still reflect the look and feel of a pro,” Marina Blokhin, Kitchen.
An overly designed kitchen might look fantastic, but may not be functional in how you cook. “Lifestyle is the ultimate driving force behind any remodeling project. How you live, or really want to live, drives the remodeling process. Each homeowner will have unique requirements based on THEIR lifestyle,” says Blokhin.
Doing It With Distinction
“When you are working with an existing home, there are many ways to create a change that is both beautiful and extremely functional, helping the homeowners attain the change they want,” adds Blokhin.
There are very simple things that can have a huge impact on how a kitchen is used or perceived. Consider the following:
- Changing a doorway or entrance location to your kitchen may make the flow of the room different;
- Altering, moving, or removing a wall and you will change the entire feel of the room, creating space that did not exist before. This is easier to do than you think!
- Bigger windows can open up a room, giving it light and style that can change the way the room is used;
- And archways leading into other, connected areas of your home will result in a more expansive feel, adding style to both rooms.
When remodeling or upgrading your kitchen, consider how you and your family use the space and appliances throughout the day. Are you all in the kitchen at certain times of the day? Do you spend long periods of time cooking and baking? Or do you get something to eat quickly, using your kitchen more as a touchdown space to grab a snack.
“The wonderful thing about re-creating your living space is that it will more closely match your lifestyle,” Blokhin says, “How you organize your kitchen with shelving, racks and special cabinets will expand your space and fit your needs. Distinctive, or signature fixtures can be part of your design, be it a back splash, a unique hood over your stove or accent and task lighting integrated into your cabinets. It’s all in the details.”
However you decide to change your kitchen, one outcome is guaranteed – you will be creating a usable, functional space that has your style evident in every corner.