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

Emily Shuffield

Emily Shuffield believes in hard work, selfless intentions, adaptability, and serving others. Dedication, passion, and the willingness to go above and beyond your expectations, is only part of what she considers her job. She provides market expertise, neighborhood statistics and helps people evaluate and interpret the market, and considers it some of the many benefits of working with her. She assists her buyers and sellers with setting realistic expectations and helping them navigate one of the most important transactions in their lives. As she says, “Together we will find your next home!”

Specializing in Parker and the surrounding areas, she has helped everyone from first time home buyers to savvy investors. Her goal is taking what seems to be a complicated process and transforming it into a less stressful and more rewarding next chapter of their lives.

Emily is a Colorado native and having lived along the entire front range, she has finally decided to call Parker her home. She has an amazing blended family, 4 kids, an awesome husband, and two dogs. She loves everything athletic and outdoors, works out daily (considers it therapy), and loves to camp, climb mountains and snowboard whenever possible.

Designations: Accredited Buyers Representative, ABR

Awards: Diamond Circle 2018