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The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

by Courtney Banks 10/13/2019

It has been written; the kitchen is the heart of the home. So, when walking through a model or open house, the kitchen is a significant appeal or detractor. Where the kitchen is relative to the rest of the living space is essential. The layout of the workflow can make or break the impression of the house as a whole. Any upgrades and extra convenience features can turn an ordinary kitchen into your culinary dream area. Other architectural choices can affect the ascetics of the property. 

Layout and Function

When looking at kitchen layouts, the choices are almost endless. How you use the kitchen will give you direction on what will work for you and your family. The number of people that will use the space at any one time can determine how much floor space in the kitchen you need. If you entertain often or tend to gather in the kitchen, an open concept may be up your alley. An island kitchen is another great idea for people who like to congregate and spend time in and around their kitchen. A raised bar on the island can help hide any messes while still enjoying the open island kitchen concept when entertaining.

Work Triangle

Placement of what chefs call the work triangle is an essential element in any kitchen layout. The triangle is made up of the placement of the refrigerator, sink, and oven/stove. In other words, gathering ingredients, prepping, and cooking. Having an optimize work triangle can increase your enjoyment in the kitchen. When touring open or model homes, walk the space as you would use it at home. You could visualize the steps you would take in that space to get your morning cup of coffee. Does the layout make sense concerning how you work in the kitchen?

Upgrades and Add-ons

Many remodeled and new construction homes boast kitchen upgrades that look impressive. A hot water dispenser alongside the sink is convenient, as is an ice cube and water dispenser built into the fridge. Look for those upgrades that lend themselves to helping you make better use of your time. Remember, the more gadgets there are, the more items to maintain. Go ahead and enjoy the undercabinet lighting, so you don’t stub your toes when grabbing that midnight snack. In addition to functional upgrades, some are just there for the overall esthetics; such as crown molding, Italian tile work, or pendant lighting over an island bar. Those can give an otherwise ordinary kitchen a “wow” factor that makes a real impression.

Contact your realtor for more information on locating your dream kitchen.

About the Author
Author

Courtney Banks

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Courtney moved to the Bay Area in 2008 to attend the University of San Francisco where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communication and her Master’s Degree in Education. Previously, she taught Kindergarten at Lafayette Elementary school.

One of the things that originally drew Courtney to the beautiful city of San Francisco was her love of the unique city architecture. Living here for 10 years has allowed her to explore, experience, and live in multiple neighborhoods throughout the city (and bay area), including; The Outer Richmond, Pan Handle, Marina, North Beach, Presidio and even Sausalito. Her variety of neighborhood knowledge makes her a great resource for your buying or selling needs!

Through her teaching career, Courtney has developed a great sense of patience, understanding, and creativity in problem-solving. These skills allow her to build meaningful relationships with clients to serve them in any of their real estate needs. She understands that buying or selling a home is a personal and often, emotional process and she will be there to support her clients in finding their perfect solution.

Courtney loves to take advantage of all that San Francisco has to offer, especially the food! She enjoys staying active and hiking with her dog in beautiful Marin, or strolling through different neighborhoods in search of the newest bakeries!

In working with Courtney, you will get someone who will listen to your wants and needs, who will go to bat for you, and who will be patient and understanding throughout this personal journey.