If you are building a new home congratulations! This is a very exciting time in your life. It can also be confusing, and sometimes, overwhelming as well.
The room in your new home’s design that demands the most time and attention is the kitchen. Many people say the kitchen is the hub of the home and the family. A lot of work goes on in the kitchen, but it’s also a place for the family (and friends) to gather. So you will want your new kitchen to be warm and inviting, but it also needs to be efficient and easy to take care of. And it should suit your needs and your family’s individual needs.
1. Think about your present kitchen. Make a list of things you dislike about your kitchen. Too little counter work space? Too little storage for food, cleaning supplies, small appliances, cookware, dishes? Too few electrical outlets or not where you need them? Are the various things you need to make a meal too far apart–is the food storage/refrigerator too far from the sink and/or range or where you prepare your food?
2. Make a list of what you like about your present kitchen. Things you would like to keep in your new kitchen. Do you enjoy the traditional window above your sink? Do you like having a TV in your kitchen? Do you like the location of your kitchen?
3. What would make your life easier? Maybe a pantry to store food, small appliances, cleaning supplies? Or food storage and/or refrigerator closer to the door where groceries come in? Would you like double ovens? Perhaps a kitchen island for cooking and food preparation would make your new kitchen much nicer and easier to work in. What would save time? What would make it easier to clean the kitchen or get the kids fed and out the door faster and easier in the morning? Write these things down.
4. What do you and your family like to do in the kitchen? Do you visit with friends and family? Do the kids gather there with their friends? Do they do homework there? Do you pay bills, draw up your budget, make your grocery list and plan the week’s meals? Do you watch TV? Do you enjoy baking? Do you like to can food? Do you cook a lot? Do you work on crafts in the kitchen? Make a list.
What would you like to be able to do in your new kitchen? Make a list.
5. Make a clipping file. It might be paper clippings from magazines or a file on your computer. Collect pictures of the things you would like in your new kitchen–kitchen layouts, appliances, cabinetry configurations, materials, windows, eating areas. These photos will help you convey to your architect and/or kitchen designer what you want your kitchen to look like, and what you want included in your new kitchen. The lists of likes/dislikes/needs/wants will also go a long way to help him or her know your needs and desires. Architects and contractors, builders and designers are not mind readers. They need your input. You will be glad you did.
Wondering who, in the Green Bay area, you can trust with your new home’s design, including your new kitchen? Let me recommend Virge Temme of Virge Temme Architecture, Inc.
Virge Temme has been providing architectural design services for custom residential projects since 1988. She is a member of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the American Institute of Architects and the Door County Renewable Energy Task Force. Quoting in her own words she says:
“There are maxims which help guide us. Two that guide my approach to architecture are William Morris’s advice to “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”; and my former University of Illinois professor Robert Riley’s proclamation that, “Architecture is the backdrop to life.”
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