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Are You Dreading the Holiday Season Because Your Kitchen is Outdated?

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 @ 20:09 PM

HolidaysThe holidays are a time when a lot of us enjoy having friends and family get together for a great time and a great meal. For some of us, however, the joy gives way to dread because we’re really not comfortable in our own kitchens.

There are generally two main causes of kitchen discomfort: Either our kitchens don’t look the way we want them to (and we’re a little bit self-conscious of having guests hang out there), or our kitchens don’t function the way we’d like. Let’s take a quick look at both scenarios.

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Dealing With a Kitchen That Doesn’t Look Good

When your kitchen doesn’t look good, you simply don’t want people in there. But keeping guests out of the kitchen over the holidays is virtually impossible. It’s where everybody congregates; and if you’re the host or hostess, it’s where you’re going to spend a significant amount of time.

What can you do with a kitchen that’s dated, dark, or crowded? Simply changing your color scheme isn’t going to give you the results you want. New cabinets and countertops can dramatically change the look (and feel) of your kitchen. Adding larger windows or even a glass door can let in a lot more natural light and make the room feel bigger and more inviting.

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Fixing a Dysfunctional Kitchen

Sometimes an existing kitchen simply isn’t designed to be a space for efficient food prep and entertaining. With a remodel, you can start from scratch and create a kitchen to match your needs and style. It’s a bit more involved (especially if it involves moving walls) but the impact can be remarkable. With a remodeling project, you can open up the kitchen to the rest of your home. Opening up a kitchen can increase the visual size and feel of the whole first floor—making it brighter and more functional. 

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Kitchens that maximize your space and are welcoming places for family and friends don’t just happen. You have to create them. If you’d like help in creating a space where you’ll love to cook, eat, and entertain, download our free Creating the Ideal Kitchen eBook. It’s packed with information about how to design a kitchen to fit your personal style; how to get what you really want from a kitchen, and how to plan ahead for your kitchen remodel.

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You don’t have to dread the time you spend in your kitchen over the holiday. You can create the kitchen of your dreams with a little planning and help from a professional.

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Topics: Rochester Area Home Remodeling, update Rochester-area kitchen, Rochester kitchen remodeling

What Will the Kitchen of the Future Look Like For You?

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Nov 19, 2017 @ 16:11 PM

What-Will-the-Kitchen-of-the-Future-Look-Like-For-You.jpgIf the phrase, "The kitchen of the future" has a familiar ring, there's a good reason: It has a long history. As far back as the World's Fair in Chicago in 1983, there was an exhibit called "Homes of Tomorrow" in which kitchens were prominently featured. Despite major changes in technology (and society) homeowners are still looking for ideas to create their dream kitchen.

Your dream kitchen, however, may not look exactly like your neighbor’s kitchen. That’s because your personality (and your “kitchen personality”) is uniquely yours. To be honest, the kitchen of the future probably isn’t exclusively about gadgets and technology. What makes a kitchen a great kitchen is that it is designed to fit the way you live and to make things more comfortable and convenient for you.

That depends more upon good design than it does upon gadgetry. It means having well-designed space in the kitchen that makes it easier for you to prepare meals. Of course, kitchens aren’t just about food preparation anymore. Our kitchens are very social spaces where we often eat casual meals with our families and entertain guests.

What that means is that when you peruse potential floor plans for a new home, you’ll want to think about how you’ll be using your kitchen. Will you want an open floor plan that allows you to be in the kitchen without being separated from family and guests? If you’re an avid cook, you may want the space to allow you to pursue your passion and have specific spaces set aside for particular tasks. If your kitchen is more of a social gathering space, you may put a premium on open space and seating.

You’ll also want to look at features that make working in the kitchen more enjoyable. Cabinets with pull-out shelves are a growing trend because they make it so much easier to access items at the back of the cabinet. Installing the right lighting in your kitchen is another (often overlooked) element that can make your kitchen a delight to be in (here’s a helpful post that goes into more detail about that).

What About Those Cool Gadgets?

I’ll admit that there is something incredibly intriguing about new technology and new kitchen gadgets!  Let’s face it; they’re fun and sometimes worth every penny. Here’s a look at just a few kitchen innovations that really seem to cook (if you’ll pardon the expression).

Tastingtable.com recently published a list of Smart Gadgets That Will Futurize Your Kitchen, and here are a few of the devices they listed that caught our attention.

  • Cinder Precision Grill: This countertop grill involves a complex set of sensors and monitors that solve sous vide's biggest drawback: still having to brown your food after it's reached its final temperature. The controlled heat output offers the precision of a sous-vide machine with the ease of a George Foreman-type grill, meaning you get a golden rib eye cooked internally to a perfect medium rare without the hassle of water baths and vacuum sealer sleeves.
  • Drop Kitchen Scale: This svelte smart scale not only weighs your food, it also gives easy-to-follow cooking instructions via its companion app's illustrated recipes. The app guides you through each step, component by component, and will even resize the entire ingredient list if you find out you're short a tablespoon of butter.
  • June Intelligent Oven: An internal camera and built-in scale help this sleek smart oven recognize what it's cooking, allowing it to calculate exact temperatures and times.
  • Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker: Everyone's favorite weeknight dinner wizard gets a serious upgrade with WeMo, the smart home automation app. A few clicks can extend or delay your chili's cooking time, keeping it from bubbling over or going cold before you're ready to eat.

So go ahead and have fun exploring these (and other) gadgets as you put together your dream kitchen. But begin by finding a floor plan that really meets your needs and fits your family’s lifestyle! Bon appetite!

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Topics: Rochester kitchen remodeling, Dream Kitchen, Kitchen Technology

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