“When you buy your first home, you know it’s not going to be your last,” Esme said. “That’s just the way of the world. But now that we’re at the stage in our lives that we’re in, we know who we are and what we want. This house” – a classic shingle style in the Weston area – “is where we plan to be for the rest of our lives. This is our forever home.”
When that comes to kitchen design, knowing you’re in your forever home changes everything. “On one hand, it’s made me bolder,” Esme said. “Before now, whenever a kitchen designer suggested something that was bright or bold, I’d kind of shy away from it – even though I love bright, bold color. But now, knowing this is going to be my home for the next twenty plus years, I’m enjoying choosing what I like best.”
“But the other thing that I’ve started thinking about, and that I’m grateful that I’m working with an experienced team of kitchen design specialists on, is the fact that I am going to be living here 20+ years. And while I don’t want to give you my exact age, it’s fair to say I’m old enough to know that planning ahead makes sense.”
Designing a kitchen for the forever home can include accessible kitchen design. Lower countertops and unobstructed sinks are easy to integrate, as are hardware and fixture choices made with long-term ease of use in mind. When you’ve got an experienced kitchen design team to work with, creating work spaces and a flow that will work through every life stage becomes much easier.
“You have to plan things carefully,” Esme said. “Don’t be afraid to get advice from lots of people, but pay the most attention to what the qualified voices – the professionals, the people who specialize in creating great kitchens – have to say. They know what they’re talking about!”