A new, updated, and remodeled kitchen is the number one area of any home that provides you with the greatest return on investment. In addition, who doesn’t like cooking, baking, and eating in a high-end kitchen? What is even better is when you are in such a kitchen and can look out over a fantastic view. Unlike kitchens of year’s past that were closed off to the rest of the house, today’s kitchens are open and airy with lots of light, excellent appliances, and great places to sit. Overlooking mountains, green hillsides, even the ocean takes a kitchen to an entirely new level of elegance while also being practical. If you are lucky enough to have a kitchen that overlooks such a space, then it is in your best interest to create the kitchen so that you, your family, and your friends can have that view year ‘round.
Capturing the View
Capturing the view of the outdoors from your kitchen is not impossible. In fact, if you do have fantastic views from your home, it would be quite disappointing not to fold that view into the design of your kitchen.
So how do you go about getting that fantastic view from your kitchen? One way to begin is to stand outside in the area that is next to your kitchen. Take a number of pictures in a variety of directions. Try to frame each photo so that the image is fantastic. Your goal is to photograph ideal and beautiful images that you can potentially view out your kitchen window(s)!
Once you have the photos you want, take the pictures and have them printed – 3” x 5” or 5” x 7” prints will work. Then, take the prints and tape them to the windows and/or walls where you could actually see that view from the kitchen. Leave the photos there for a while to give you and your family several days to select the best view. Once you choose the view, it is time to get to work.
Making the View
Once you have selected the view that you want to see out of your kitchen, the next step is to determine where you want to place or move windows. Remember, you can have multiple views to the outside including overseeing the backyard with an elegant patio that is lit at night. At this point, you may need to engage a kitchen design specialist to help you create your dream kitchen. This individual will be able to guide you through the design process so that you have enough cabinet space and that the appliances are in the best location so as not to obstruct your view.
Things to Consider
There are many items to consider when creating a kitchen that has a fabulous view. Here are some of the more important items to think about before you begin demolition:
- Open shelving or cabinets with glass in the front and back allows light to shine through as well as having your view somewhat unobstructed.
- Install a farmer’s sink with a window so that you can clean up while looking outside.
- If the design allows, install French doors to an outside patio. This makes easy access to the outside while also providing you with a view.
- When designing, keep your view at the top of the list and design your kitchen so that the view is always present. Otherwise you will become too involved with cabinets, appliances, and lighting. In the end, you may design a beautiful chef’s kitchen, but your view will have been eliminated.
Of course, budget may be a concern when designing and creating your kitchen with a view. Any gorgeous views from a home will be met with a positive reaction and will be even more popular if a view can be seen from the kitchen as well. If at all possible, keep your view central to your design, even if you need to not spend as much money on other parts of the kitchen new build or renovation. If your budget is not generous, consider keeping your view, but reduce the size of the window, for example.
Another way to save money is to re-use some of the old elements of the kitchen as possible. For example, you can have the kitchen cabinets refinished and replace the old cabinet handles with new or reclaimed ones. If you have a kitchen island that is too big or is the wrong shape, see if you can have it remodeled. In the end, when your project is finished, if you still have left over items that are still usable, consider donating them to Habitat for Humanity or another nonprofit organization that can re-use the items you no longer want.
Matching Outside with Inside
Finally, as you design your kitchen with a view, consider adding elements in the kitchen that you see outside. If you overlook mountains, maybe have a more rustic kitchen theme. If your view is of the ocean, consider a beach color scheme. Overlooking rolling hills? Anything from sheep to cows would do. View of a farm? Try chickens, roosters, or even horses to round out your kitchen aesthetic.
When you are in possession of a property that provides for breath taking views, take the time to design a kitchen where you can take in those views for years to come.