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Today’s kitchens are practical, welcoming, and fun. They feature sophisticated colors and innovative components. Here are some simple elements to consider for your well-planned kitchen.

Style The design of your kitchen may be classic or contemporary, casual or formal, high-tech or homey—whatever reflects your style preference. Generously proportioned kitchen with classic materials and up-to-date amenities proves to be both stylish and practical.

Layout Kitchen layout, studies in the 1950s introduced the term work triangle, whose three legs connect the refrigerator, sink, and range or cooktop. An efficient work triangle reduces the steps a cook must take during meal preparation and, whenever possible, is not interrupted by traffic flow. Today, the work triangle is being challenged by other options; If your space is small, you might want to consider a one wall kitchen or a galley kitchen. Deluxe kitchens are expansive spaces that often have two or more work zones.

Cabinets The cabinets are more furniture-like. Upper cabinets may float singly on the wall or may sit on the countertop like a hutch; shelves may take the place of cabinets. Other decisions include cabinet construction and style and whether you want stock, semi-custom, or custom cabinetry. You’ll also want to decide on the materials and finishes. You can always mix things up, choosing different materials and complementary ones, to bring personal style to your kitchen.

Countertops You want a countertop that is water resistant, durable, and easy to maintain. Before deciding, consider how you will use the countertops. Do you want durable surfaces for chopping or placing hot pans? Do you mind sealing surfaces? Will blemishes bother you or do you need a surface that won’t show fingerprints and water spots?

Backsplashes Backsplash is a simple curb a few inches tall that is either part of the countertop or a separate strip of material. Ceramic tile has long been the most popular choice, but well-sealed wood, stainless steel, glass tile, mosaics, and stone are becoming more common

Appliances These include the standard refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher; you may also want to look at cooktops, combination ovens, wine coolers, warming doors, and much more. The trick is to figure out just what you need.

Flooring Every kitchen deserves a floor that is beautiful. Flooring needs to work well with the other design elements. Options include vinyl, linoleum, wood, stone, ceramic tile, laminate flooring, cork, bamboo, and concrete.

Lighting Kitchen lighting must be efficient, Built-in or up-lights over the cabinets can provide ambient light; those under the cabinets can provide needed task lighting. With multiple sources and dimmer controls, Depending on the size of your space, you may want a mix of fixtures.


Homeowners assume a soaking tub is a must-have item in a spa-like bathroom. Yet, chances are that you only use it occasionally, not to mention it may make your small bathroom feel crowded. A standing shower, on the other hand, won’t take up any extra square footage. Additionally, you’ll definitely use it everyday. Of course, it would be awesome if you could install both in your bathroom. However, if you do have budget and space concerns, here's my advice. Sacrifice your tub for an upgraded spa-like shower will surely satisfy your relaxation needs. Getting the benefits of a spa treatment in your own home is not as hard as you think. With just a few bathroom renovations and additions, you can immediately turn your bathroom into a private oasis, even if it’s short on space.

Customizing the home

A house truly becomes your own after you customize it to your unique lifestyle.
Planning a major home improvement project ? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Homeowners are making targeted improvements to ensure the home is a good fit for their lifestyle and family size. “I’m finding that clients are becoming more and more comfortable in open space houses, whether they’re building or moving into existing ones,” “They’re then customizing the spaces with remodeling to suit their needs and wants. Making use of every room in the house is important now.”

Outdoor Living

Do you enjoy the cool breeze and the smell of flowers? Then you'll want to pursue these home plans, which promote interaction with Mother Nature. Today's floor plans can offer sliding glass doors from multiple rooms, leading to sprawling patios and decks, and even pools! Consider a home design with a backyard fireplace, plus a summer (outdoor) kitchen with a grill, a sink, a refrigerator and more.