Larger Kitchens are popular?
Home ownership in the United States and Europe has been rising steadily due to relatively ideal unemployment rates, optimistic economic conditions, and low interest rates. Consumers are able to be much more decisive about the amenities that they have in their home due to the economic boom and a buyer-friendly housing market. While traditionally not a very large concern, an increase in the size of kitchens and bathrooms is a very large trend in the home buying and home renovation markets today. Most people cite that a large, spacious kitchen that is adequate for entertaining as well as family gatherings are very important to them when they consider buying a house. If you are planning on selling your house in the future or are simply considering remodeling your house, one of your priorities should be opening up your kitchen.
There are several reasons that larger kitchens have increased in popularity. Larger kitchens provide a great deal more functionality than smaller kitchens. A large kitchen serves not only as a room in which to cook and prepare food but is also the epicenter of activity for the home. People that entertain in their homes have found that the kitchen has become a primary place in which to congregate. People are generally drawn to the kitchen to snack, enjoy beverages, and to interact with one another.
Larger kitchens also generally incorporate open access into other integral parts of the house. Most new home buyers prefer that their kitchen is very accessible to adjoining rooms with openings much larger than a standard-sized door. In many cases, existing walls can be brought down during renovations to open these spaces up to enable free flow from the dining room and living room into the kitchen and vice-versa. Sometimes the only indicator of where one room ends and another begins is the flooring, however with the increased popularity of hardware floors being utilized in the kitchen even this can backfire. One way in which the designing homeowner can appropriately and efficiently designate one room from another is with the use of floor coverings that square off a portion. For example, a beautiful rug under the dining room table can effectively square off that area and its purpose if both the dining room and the kitchen have hardwood floors.
People also like larger kitchens because they have the ability to have more storage. While kitchens with small pantries and cupboards may have been alright thirty years ago, the modern family requires much more storage space to fit dry stores and their ever-increasing number of kitchen gadgets. Homeowners generally prefer that their dishes and food are not shoved together in the cabinets and want to have a designated space for everything. This saves a great deal of time and frustration while cooking and preparing food in the kitchen as well.
Finally, the popularity of cooking outside has all-but-necessitated the need for a large kitchen. Many times, people elect to have their back deck meet their kitchen to allow easy access in and out of the house and to areas to which food is prepared and served.