This past weekend, I was invited to present at the Charleston Home + Design Show on “Charleston HOUZZ Worthy Homes”. I focused this presentation on trends in three areas of the home that are typically high on a homeowners list. Kitchens, Bathrooms and Storage. For this first excerpt, I’ll focus on the Kitchens.
Kitchens are often the social center of the home. We do many things in the kitchen other than simply cook – we eat, we socialize, we do homework, we pay the bills… The list could go on, but the point is the kitchen is extremely important for many reasons, including the preparation of food. With that in mind, here are some important features that many people are looking for in today’s kitchens:
- Spacious aisles, with enough room for multiple persons to maneuver around each other
- Eating/seating area – this should be outside of the work zone (or work triangle) of the kitchen
- Open communication to adjacent rooms – people don’t want to be isolated if they are working in the kitchen. They want to be able to interact with what is happening nearby.
- Lighting is incredibly important. Natural light is wonderful and should be incorporated as much as possible. But, artificial light is at least as important in order to provide optimal task lighting at the work surfaces at all times of the day or night.
- Clean or open countertops – people want as much work surface available as is possible. A lot of countertop appliances are being housed in cabinets to keep the work surfaces open. With the increased popularity of microwave drawers, these appliances are also becoming more often located in the base cabinets.