Decades ago, the kitchen wasn’t meant to be the main focus of a home. In fact, most kitchens were hidden away in the back to make room for more dominant dining rooms and living rooms. Kitchens were a place where meals were prepared, and dishes were washed and stored. In today’s society, the kitchen has a much different role. Kitchens are now known to be the “heart of a home.” A place that should be prominent in the home, a place for family gatherings and memory making.
Kitchen designs have changed a lot over the last few decades and planning a new kitchen design or even a remodel can be very important in maintaining a welcome environment as well as increasing the value of a home. Advances in technology have changed the social dynamics of a home and have given rise to the modern kitchen.
The professional kitchen design team at Swift Restoration and Remodeling have spotted some trends that we expect to continue seeing in 2018.
Today’s technology has opened the door for new and exciting kitchen designs. From lighting that can be adjusted with your smartphone to sensor activated faucets, kitchen technology is here to make life that much easier:
Micro-kitchens are on the rise and are a favorite choice for millennials and retirees. Owners of multi-level homes are starting to install tiny, secondary kitchens for convenience. Most micro-kitchens include a two—burner stove and oven combo, a microwave/convection oven combo, an 18” to 24” dishwasher, a mini-fridge, and a few cabinets.
Open Kitchen Layouts
Open layouts have been around for a few years and there is no evidence that the trend will lose momentum anytime soon. Open floor plans provide a more relaxed and “open” feel and encourage a connected, interactive lifestyle. In some modern homes with open kitchen layouts, you will find built-in breakfast banquettes, casual dining spaces. This type of layout is particularly popular with young families and couples.
Lack of storage in a kitchen has become a common problem with the growing number of kitchen appliances and kitchen gadgets. However, there are some creative solutions any homeowner can utilize to make the most of a small kitchen space.