Industry Advice on Creating the Right Kitchen

No matter where you fall on the cooking spectrum, you want to end up with a nice kitchen. Nearly 100% of all kitchen remodels are attempting to result in either more space or better use of the same space. However, not everyone is a good cook or even cooks that much, yet they still want a great kitchen. So we found a few folks in the industry who had some interesting things to say.

Dennis Brackley of Creative Laminates in Syracuse, NY

“The kitchen is one of the few rooms in a house that is open to everyone. We all gravitate toward the kitchen at a gathering, no matter how much the host tries to shoo us out. Even if you aren’t particularly a good cook or don’t like to cook, the kitchen has to serve several masters: utility, entertainment, and artistry. It needs to be as much about handling multiple people at the same time doing multiple things, as it does to create an efficient work environment, provide space for people to hang out, and look cool. That’s a tall order for any room. Don’t skimp on the kitchen. It means more to your home and enteraining life than you might recognize.”

Jenn Smira, Real Estate Agent, Washington, DC

“Without question the kitchen is THE most important room in the house when it comes to resale. Potential buyers have a gravitational pull to great kitchens and feel repelled by bad ones. Buyers will forgive a lot in other spaces in the house that aren’t up to par if the kitchen is great. And vice versa. Where homeowners often make huge mistakes is that they wait until they are going to sell to remodel their kitchen, then they only get a few months with the new kitchen before it’s gone. Don’t make this mistake. Remodeling a kitchen can offer so much reward while you live in a home that it might convince you not to move. The room has power over people. Never forget that.”

Ian Kirouac, Lummi Island Wild, Bellingham, WA

“In our business of wild caught salmon delivery across the country, we tend to eat a lot of seafood. Over time our kitchens begin to take shape around the food we eat. Whether you are cleaning fish in your house or shelling shellfish or the like, you end up creating space in the kitchen for catch bags that contain all the non-edible fish parts, and having big spaces to clean and prep tons of fish. While we mainly eat seafood, no matter what cuisine you cook most, your kitchen needs to fit that cuisine. If you are making a lot of fresh pasta, you’ll need space for your pasta maker. Big coffee drinkers, you’ll need space for that. Like to grill? Perhaps, you have an outdoor kitchen or easy access to the backyard. When you think about what you want out of your kitchen, think thoroughly about how you are going to use it, right down to the most common dishes or dish types. Whether or not you plan for your most frequent cuisine or not, your kitchen will adjust to it. Might as well build it accommodate its frequent use cases.”