If you need to house aging parents or adult children, or if your family is multi-generational, what’s better — an in-law suite or a little granny cottage in the back yard?
The devil is in the details. Today’s fancy kitchens entail considerable attention to details by general contractors and remodelers when it comes to planning and installing a kitchen, says Hank White, president of Hallmark Kitchens, a Houston kitchen and bath remodeling firm. But the result of meticulous attention to such things is client satisfaction and customer referrals.
“People show great interest in getting more detailed in the functionality of the kitchen. They’re asking things like, ‘Where can we put our pots?’ or ‘I saw this on HGTV.’ “
White outlines a number of kitchen design trends:
Larger kitchens = more features and appliances. Depending on the size of the kitchen and the client’s lifestyle, appliances play a dominant role. Think niche items, such as a swing-out pot filler faucet on the wall next to the stove, an additional dishwasher placed for convenience (and even extra dish storage), double ovens and warming drawers, as well as wine chillers and specialty refrigerators.
Kitchens as gathering centers. Contractors who get involved in kitchen design, layout or millwork, take heed. “The trend toward entertaining while you’re cooking or being entertained while cooking has caused layouts to change,” White says. He notes emphasis on islands as a center for baking or food preparation or as a serving-buffet area. So are flat-screen TVs, cleverly hidden behind slide-out panels or framed by wood pieces and integrated into the cabinetry or into the wall.
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Out With The Old: Coastal Cottage Style – In With The New: Clean Contemporary
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s style report, more than 400 designers agreed there is a move toward simplicity in a cleaner, more contemporary way. That’s not to say they are going to completely lose their more cozy, rustic charm for all-out glamour, but they will have cleaner lines and more minimalist modern vibe.
Out With The Old: Rain Showers – In With The New: Soaking Tubs
Forget about glass-encased showers — these days it’s all about the soaking and free-standing tubs, so much so that we can actually expect a decline in standard tubs with shower-surrounds.
Out With The Old: Bowl Sinks On Cabinets – In With The New: Under-Mounted Leggy Sinks
Looks like you’re going to have to find somewhere else to stash those toiletries, because under the sink won’t be a “trendy” choice next year. Also not so “in” anymore? Those bowl-shaped sinks we loved a few years back.
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