“Sometimes I feel like if my husband and I had purchased a home together, or maybe had a house built for us, it would be easier for me to make changes around the place.” Amanda, a Weston area homeowner explained. “But we inherited this place from his parents, and it was their parents house before that. There’s a lot of history here, and once I change something, that history goes away.”
As kitchen designers in Weston, we’ve certainly worked with many people who are the second or sometimes even third generation to live in a home. There is a balancing act involved in maintaining the enduring nature of the family home while creating a comfortable, beautiful living space for the people who are in the home right now.
Technology and life style demands being what they are, most homeowners upgrade the kitchen every ten years or so. So when you’re standing in the current family home kitchen, contemplating what you would change if you could change everything, enjoy that process. Explore the vision deeply. Gain clarity on what you’d like to have your kitchen look like.
Then, taking a little more time with this process, take a look at your family home kitchen the way it currently is. What are the elements of the room that evoke pleasant memories? What visually defines the kitchen for you? If you’re not the one who grew up in the home, ask the person who did. The key is to identify what aspects of the old kitchen you’d like to bring forward into the new.
Important to understand that the aspects of the old kitchen can change form and application in the new. For example, in one home there were diamond leaded glass windows in the old kitchen; these became cabinet doors in the new. A skilled kitchen designer can help you through this process so your kitchen delights the current & future generations while honoring everyone who loved the home before.