5 Kitchen Essentials for Your New Home
The kitchen is hands down the most important room in the home. Whether you are catching up with your family at the end of the day or hosting a party, people tend to gravitate towards the kitchen as a natural gathering place. This room also provides a functional area for cooking and eating, which means that the kitchen has a lot of important roles to play.
To help you get the most out of your kitchen and create a space that is both practical and welcoming, we have put together a list of five kitchen essentials that need to be at the top of your kitchen must-haves list.
Pull-Out Trash Can
Placing a pull-out trash can in a cabinet close to the sink allows for easy meal preparation and clean-up. You can easily discard kitchen scraps without spills. Hiding the trash can also clears up valuable floor space and creates more room for foot traffic. Perhaps most importantly, a convenient pull-out trash can is much more aesthetically pleasing and sanitary than having the trash can out in the open.
Kitchen cabinets and islands can create a lot of dark spots in kitchens. A strategic lighting plan will allow you to create a bright kitchen that increases functionality and creates a warm, relaxing environment. Be sure to incorporate adjustable lighting so that you can customize your lighting experience and work with a designer to conveniently place light switches for maximum safety.
Deep Basin Sink
Farm style kitchens, complete with a deep basin sink, are a popular modern kitchen design trend, and with good reason. Not only do deep basin sinks look great and create a focal point in the kitchen, they come with a host of other convenient features. Cooks can easily fill up larger pots for big meals. A deeper sink also makes it easy to clean up without splashing water and if you aren’t in the mood to clean, the sink will hide dirty dishes out of sight until you are ready to tackle the job.
Drawer Stack Cabinets
Traditionally, undercounter cabinets have been topped with one drawer to help with silverware and utensil storage. However, designers have realized that incorporating drawer stack cabinets allows for more storage space and better accessibility than standard cabinets. Multiple stacked drawers will help you stay organized, provide easy access to the contents and better visibility. You won’t have to go digging through an overstuffed drawer or searching in the back corners of a cavernous cabinet to find a specific item.
Smart storage, including countertop containers, avoids creating “dead space” on countertops. You can fully utilize every inch of your kitchen and enjoy easy access to the items you use most often. Just a few strategically placed smart storage solutions will improve the flow of your kitchen and allow you to work more efficiently.
Every homeowner has their personal list of kitchen must-haves to bring their dream kitchen layout to life. If the kitchen essentials listed above aren’t at the top of the list, you might consider moving them up a few notches. Based on our years of building experience, these five kitchen essentials are favorites among homeowners and provide best in form, function and value.
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