The Heart of the Home

by Emily Shuffield 09/22/2019

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

Emily Shuffield

Dedication | Communication | Trust
I’m dedicated to helping my clients navigate the home buying/selling process as they shift from one chapter to another. This process isn’t just about finding a house, it’s about building a home. The people you’ll meet, the schools you’ll choose, the community you’ll join… this process is so important for so many reasons and ultimately will shape who you become. I’m committed to helping you and your family make the right decisions, provide you with industry expertise and realistic expectations to insure your story has a perfect ending.

Things that make me happy:
● Family is what I live for – Work Hard – Play Harder
● I LOVE lifting heavy things!
● Everything Outdoors: Campfires, 14ers, boating, fishing, snowboarding & the night sky.
● Bourbon Connoisseur – I love them all but a few of my favorites: Blanton’s, Basil Haden, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Elijah Craig, Angle Envy and Bookers.

Little-known fact…
While I am a Colorado Native, I was extremely blessed at a very young age and had the privilege of traveling the world with my dad and sister. In fact, I have traveled to more individual countries around the world than I have states within the US.  Some countries that I have visited; Spain, Italy, Australia, Costa Rica, Scotland, Switzerland, Mexico, England and India.

Are we a good fit?
Specializing in Parker and the extended surrounding areas, I’ve helped everyone from first time home buyers to savvy investors. My goal is to take what seems to be a complicated process and transform it into a less stressful more rewarding next chapter for you and your family |
Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) | Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) |
Diamond Circle Award Winner 2018 & 2019 (qualified) | Member of the National and South Metro Denver Association of Realtors|

I’ve always said: if you can’t say it best yourself, find someone else to say it for you…
"Excellent Realtor!! Could not have found a more reliable, honest, and knowledgeable realtor. She is beyond AWESOME, wish I had another house to buy or sale I would list it with her without a doubt." -Jeremy and Natalie Huffman

Are you ready to start your next chapter? Let’s do it together!

Emily Shuffield |303-564-3021| [email protected] | www.MileHighHomesCO.com