If you’d like a kitchen with clean lines, minimal detailing, large windows and natural finishes, you’re perfectly on trend with the majority of American homeowners. This insight is drawn from research conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the professional group that investigates homeowner preferences and industry trends.
As kitchen designers in Needham, MA, we have to say this trend report reflects what we are seeing here locally. The biggest issue is space in the kitchen. After nearly 9 months of pandemic living, we all appreciate having a little more room for food prep, cooking, and clean up – not to mention that all-important criteria – storage.
“The kitchen has long been the heart of the home,” says Bill Darcy, CEO of the NKBA. “But especially during the pandemic, it has emerged as the most prominent, multitasking room as well. We see this continuing with more open-space concepts, an extension into multi-season outdoor living spaces, larger kitchen island hubs, and increased functionality and storage to allow homeowners to cook, eat, work, home-school, and play, all in the same vicinity.”
It’s one thing to design a kitchen to serve as the heart of the home. But if you’re struggling to envision how to create this robust multi-tasking space Darcy describes and your family needs, it helps to have the assistance of a Needham kitchen design team. They are the professionals best suited to helping you achieve your dream kitchen on a reasonable budget. Creating more space in the kitchen can be accomplished a number of ways, including the use of additions or bump-outs, reconfiguring the floor plan of the home, or, if these options are not available, reworking the layout of the original kitchen more efficiently.
It’s never too soon to begin planning your kitchen remodel. A good preliminary step is to take a step back and really consider how your kitchen has and hasn’t worked well for you during this pandemic period. Understanding this set of needs can help you design a kitchen that suits you better going forward.