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Tuesday
Nov202012

The Great Room

A recent Wall Street Journal article titled "The Kitchen That Ate the House" (Full Article Here) offered some great insight into a trend that has been building for the past years, maybe even decade. The rebirth of the "Great Room" with the kitchen as center stage is a key component in many remodels and new construction builds. 

The WSJ explains that "long the de facto central gathering space of the home, the kitchen has ballooned in size in recent years to become the new great room." This trend has gained momentum over the past few years as many consumers have grown into lifestyles that bring them into their kitchens for many different reasons. Many customers have been caught up cooking shows which inspires them to cook and entertain more at home. While others just have growing families that need more space to accomodate everybody.

Regardless of your needs, wants or wishes when starting your kitchen or great room project, keep these helpful tips in mind as you plan your projects:

  1. Dining Room - Dining rooms are quickly becoming a thing of the past and the first place people turn to when they are looking to open up more space in the kitchen. However, just because it's a trend doesn't mean it's right for you. If formal dining is important to you, make sure you include it in your planning.
  2. How Many is "A Crowd?" - Think about how you'll be using your new space a make sure to leave enough "work spaces" for all the activities that will be going on. The last thing you want is a space that cluttered with people that is supposed to be open and inviting. Great rooms are for more than just cooking, so make sure that everybody has a home a feels welcome. Always plan for seating for more than just a meal as this new space is the central component of the home.
  3. Thinking Outside the Box - Keep in mind as you plan your new space that many people will use it for different things. To ensure that everybody is well taken care and out of the cooks way, consider things like coffee bars or additional refrigerator storage for kids drinks and other beverages. Don't forget the TV's, as many kitchen's and great room spaces now have mulitple televisions.

A nice example of a Great Room, even in a small space is shown above. This is an actual kitchen we did for one of our customers who wanted a space that was both functional in many ways. You can see the multiple work stations, the raised bar for eating and watching the tv (not shown), as well as the beverage areas off set from the work spaces that can be used for serving as well.

As with anyting in life, knowledge is power, so arm yourself with your wish list for you and the family as you get started building the kitchen of your dreams.

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Great post- loved the definitions between the "great room" and the dining room.

July 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRiver Oak

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