Ingredients of Winning Kitchen
Designing a new kitchen is both exiting and
daunting. Where do you start and what are the must-haves? Mark
Nash real estate author of 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a
Home and columnist for RealtyTimes.com shares the top things
that go into today's kitchens.
-Good lighting. In addition to decorative
lighting which can match any style, remember to but abundant
task lighting over food preparation areas. Mood lighting can
accent glass front cabinets and cove
-A functional layout. The basic mantra in
kitchen design is to keep the work triangle composed of the
stove, sink and refrigerator grouped near one another. It will
save you countless steps through the years.
-Over-sized, deep sink. I never thought it
would be important, but we put one in our home. It keeps the
water in the sink, especially when washing large pots and pans.
Don't forget the best faucet you can afford, with sprayer. We
did a black porcelain sink to match dark granite
-Lots of countertops. Clear work surfaces
make cooking alone or with family and friends a snap. Make sure
that you have at least one surface four feet long for baking.
Don't skimp on materials either, countertops take a beating
from knives, food acids and people, buy the best within your
-Proper ventilation. Smelly kitchens are a
turn-off. Specify adequate ventilation to the outside, near
cook tops. Recirculating fans just stir up smells, not rid your
kitchen and home of them.
-Storage. Plan for plenty of functional and
easily organized spaces to store every day and seasonal stuff.
More is more.
-Forget standing room-only. People want to
stay in the kitchen. Make seating a design priority in your new
kitchen. Seating around an island and a cozy table for
breakfast all say, stay!
-Cabinet hardware. The finishing touch to a
Nash's fourth real estate book, "1001
Tips for Buying and Selling a Home"
(2005), and working as a real estate
broker in Chicago are the foundation for
his consumer-centric real estate
perspective which has been featured on
ABC-TV, CBS The Early Show, Bloomberg TV,
CNN-TV, Chicago Sun Times & Tribune,
Fidelity Investor?s Weekly, Dow Jones
Market Watch, HGTVpro.com, MSNBC.com, The
New York Times, Realty Times, Universal
Press Syndicate and USA