November 3, 2015
As the fall season kicks into gear, you might be tempted to spend some more time in your custom home’s cozy kitchen. There’s nothing quite like having a comfortable and warm kitchen to escape to when the temperatures starts to drop!
At Heritage Custom Homes, we understand how much custom home owners value their kitchen. That’s why we build custom homes to match your needs – you always end up with the home you want!
Let’s take a look at the three biggest kitchen trends coming your way this fall.
As much as we all value a kitchen design that is easy on the eyes, more designers and homeowners are beginning to look into ways to incorporate functional pieces into their kitchen. Cabinet doors and drawers are starting to open and close in ways we’ve never seen before, such as easy-open, hydraulic cabinets that open vertically to save space.
Multi-tiered drawers are starting to replace cabinets in some areas, providing varying levels of depth and storage options. These drawers are easier to access than cabinets and solve the problem of reaching far back into a hard to reach area.
Kitchen sinks are getting functional upgrades as well, with new features such as integrated cutting boards, colanders and drying racks.
One of the biggest trends in home design is the shift to “smarter” houses, or homes that feature high-tech devices aim at making life easier. New appliances such as microwaves and stoves are capable of connected to Wi-Fi networks and can be accessed from anywhere. All you need is a smartphone or computer to make sure you turned the stove off!
Refrigerators are beginning to feature high definition televisions, meaning you never have to miss a second of the action during the big game. Recipes and weather reports are always close by with a “smart” refrigerator. Wi-Fi connectivity means that you may never look at your fridge the same way again!
Just as with home design in general, home builders and designers are looking at ways to increase energy efficiency in the kitchen. Luckily there are so many ways to decrease your kitchen’s environmental impact without sacrificing design or style options.
If you are looking to add wood cabinets or other wooden fixtures, look into getting salvaged or restored wood. Feel free to get creative when picking where your wood comes from – it’s a chance to add a personal touch to your kitchen. Other areas can benefit from eco-friendly surfaces, such as renewable bamboo for tabletops and flooring.
High-efficiency appliances use much less energy than their standard counterparts. They usually cost a bit more, but the money you save throughout the years will more than make up for the initial investment. High efficiency dishwashers use a host of intuitive features to save money in various ways, such as using less water and decreasing drying time.
At Heritage Custom Homes, we aim to leave you completely satisfied with your new custom home. We work with our customers to learn what they look to get out of each room, including the kitchen.
Contact us today to get started.