You love your mid-century home with its open floor plan, but there is still something missing when your friends come to visit. You are left staring at the walls in the old kitchen while they are swapping stories on the deck. With a few smart design choices, you can bring your kitchen into the 21st century.
Add an Island and Have Fun with Your Guests
Perhaps your kitchen is open to the dining area, but all your work surfaces are lined up against the wall. When you add an island or L in the open space, you can chop the veggies while talking to all your friends. Install some bar-style seating, and you can join them for a meal. Add a sink or stovetop to the island to complete your work triangle or leave it open to serve appetizers without taking up space on end tables.
Equip a Drink Station in a Central Location
Are you always bumping into the kids and your guests while they are getting ice and cold drinks out of the fridge? Free up more floor space where you are working by adding a drink station to your dining or living area. A small under-counter refrigerator can hold soda, beer, wine, and water. Install an ice maker, espresso machine, and storage for all your glasses up above. Now you are free to take over the kitchen for some serious cooking.
Connecting Your Kitchen with Fun Under the Sun
The window over your sink looks out over your back deck. The party is in full swing under the fairy lights, but you have no way of joining in on the fun unless you walk through the family room or down to the basement. If you are planning a kitchen renovation, now is the time to also think about adding a glass door in your dining room. On a warm summer night, the party will be able to flow from your kitchen out to the pool without taking any detours.
Would you like to explore more design options for your kitchen renovation? Give us a ring at Kitchen Concepts in Tulsa. Together we will create a vision for your living space that supports your lifestyle and decor choices.