When Purposeful Kitchen Design Trumps Style
Timeless by Design: Designers from across the country agree that it’s not style that makes a kitchen last, it’s function.
If you are planning a new kitchen, you have a lot of reasons to get it right. Not only is remodeling a kitchen a major disruption, but to raise the stakes, it’s the most expensive room to remodel, with plumbing and electrical systems to relocate; cabinets, appliances, and countertops to buy; and maybe even changes to make to walls, windows, and doors.
I asked designers from around the country how they’d go about making a kitchen that wouldn’t need to be remodeled anytime soon. Their responses were remarkably unified, and the idea of “openness” came up in every interview.
A far cry from yesterday’s shut-away spaces focused on cooking, the modern kitchen is home to more activities than ever: eating, entertaining, doing homework, surfing the web, and crafting as well as cooking. “There is no going backward on the kitchen being a social place,” says Jean Rehkamp…