Last week, we were talking about Wellness Design and how this emerging trend relates to kitchen design. Two terms came up in the discussion that have prompted a lot of questions – biophilic design and greenery. Let’s take some time and delve a little more deeply into how the intersection of outdoor living and kitchen design can work for your home.
Biophilic, at its roots, means one who loves nature. One of the goals of wellness design is to bring more natural elements into the home, in the belief that interacting with the natural world reduces stress levels and boosts the mood. As kitchen contractors near Weston, we can accomplish this in many ways.
First and foremost, particularly in kitchen design, is window selection and placement. Windows have a dual role – to frame the view and let in natural light. The best placement for windows based on this criteria can impact the layout of the interior of the kitchen, so it’s a good idea to address this as a starting point in your remodel plan.
Because Weston, and frankly all of Massachusetts, experiencing four full seasons of weather, incorporating outdoor living into kitchen design can require more than simply adding a dining deck to the kitchen. Talk to your builder about sunrooms and three-season porches, both of which are nice additions to a new kitchen. These spaces can be used for dining as well as some of the meal prep-chores that come with healthy eating, like snapping beans and shucking corn. If you’re looking for a place to create lasting memories with the kids and grandkids, the kitchen is often the place to do it.
Another element of biophilic design is the inclusion of greenery into the room. There’s a number of ways to accomplish this, from traditional style built in planters to vertical green walls that feature lush foliage floor to ceiling. Talk to your Weston kitchen contractor about what options are available to match your personal style preferences. Some of the contemporary greenery designs available now are surprisingly sophisticated and need little maintenance, with automated watering systems and other high end features available.