Instead of being simply a room to prepare meals in, they have become the focal point of family life - a gathering place where everyone can review the day's events, and enjoy a well-made meal. As such, good design is essential. Often, group home houses are built in such a way as to save money for builders, so sound design principles are compromised. By undertaking a kitchen renovation, you can make the space more inviting, remedy inefficient traffic flow and eliminate storage problems. Consider the following home renovation trends to give your family a brand new kitchen:
Over the last few years, taking out a wall between the kitchen and an adjoining room has become one of the hottest home design trends. This concept is appealing because it opens up space, while dramatically changing the look and feel of your kitchen. In many instances the placement of an island in the location where the wall once stood is an option. Islands can give you additional storage space, along with an informal place for snacks, coffee and relaxation. Removing a wall to create an open plan design also makes small homes appear larger and more spacious.
The popularity of open plan kitchens has sparked a trend towards the installation of hardwood floors. As a natural product, this type of flooring gives additional warmth to the family gathering area. Installing hardwood flooring also gives homeowners the option of using one type of flooring in adjacent spaces, such as dining rooms and family rooms. This provides a nice feeling of continuity. Be aware that the old adage of you get what you pay for certainly applies to hardwood floors - study carefully or discuss at length with your contractor before making your choice.
Twenty-First Century Cabinets
Good cabinet design is essential to the success of any kitchen. Gone are the days of well-dressed kitchen cabinet interiors having lazy susans (rotating tray) and a built-in spice racks. In the twenty-first century, cabinets have gone minimal, with touch-latch fronts that eliminate the need for hardware, and exciting new surfaces that include aluminum, high-glass lacquer or even semi-translucent glass. If you shy away from the latest trendy surfaces, you will still want to make sure that the interiors are well-equipped.