A More Practical Kitchen Design
New advances in technology and kitchen design have made things easier on the homeowner in more ways than one. With a smart kitchen design and the right features, you can now enjoy an easier cooking, cleaning, and food preparation experience—not to mention a more organized overall space. So if your current layout is lacking in functionality, now’s the time to consider an upgrade. We’ve got just the ideas to get you started!
Quartz is becoming a more popular choice over granite, and maintenance is a major reason for that. Quartz countertops are non-porous and virtually maintenance-free, so they’re perfect for a practical kitchen design. Unlike granite, they don’t have to be sealed and they don’t require routine maintenance every two years. Most manufacturers advertise that the only cleaning solution you’ll ever need is warm water and soap—and at Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center, we back that up with a limited lifetime warranty on many of our quartz products.
Advanced faucet systems can greatly improve kitchen functionality, giving you extra control over how far your faucet can reach and how strong your water pressure is. For a simpler dish washing experience, choose from pull-out or pull-down sprays, pot fillers, specially angled nozzles, and more. Some great examples include:
- Kohler’s Sweep Spray, which offers a wide, powerful blade of water for added performance that makes cleaning up quick and easy.
- Danze’s Parma™ Dual Function Kitchen Faucet, which is automated to let you set a predetermined temperature and comes with a sensor for a hands-free experience.
Like your faucet, your appliances are some of the items you probably use most. To maximize functionality and create a more practical kitchen design, we recommend you look into technology-abled devices that make cooking and cleaning easy.
Convection steam ovens from Wolf, for instance, can reduce cooking time, serving as multiple appliances in one—they can sauté, simmer, bake, broil, and reheat leftover food! General Electric (GE) also offers Wi-Fi enabled appliances that allow you to change your settings from anywhere. Turn your oven on, get an alert when your food is ready, or change the temperature from another room of the home. With options like these, creating a smart kitchen design is easy!
If you ever use your laptop in the kitchen or charge your phone while you cook, it may be a good idea to invest in a technology station. A growing trend for a functional kitchen design of any style, especially those with kitchen islands, technology stations are a great way to create a tucked away space for charging and using your devices. They allow you to use your kitchen space for more than one purpose, without letting other activities get in the way of food preparation.