Would you enjoy a coffee or beverage center? If you frequently entertain, you should scope out a spot outside the main work triangle and design an area with a second sink, a small refrigerator, a separate ice-maker, a wine cooler, and perhaps a mini media center. If you have pets, consider installing a pet feeding station into a lower drawer in the kitchen. If you want to do chores like ironing near other activity centers, consider installing a pullout or fold-down ironing board, which disappears if not in use.
If you have space for a keeping room or other area with a fireplace, you will be able to capture and savor that precious moment of relaxing in front of a fire, sipping your morning coffee before heading out for the mad rush of the day. If your children do their homeowner in the kitchen, make sure you include a place for their supplies and other often-needed items. Gardening and potting lovers should plan for a special nook themselves. Keep everything you need for gardening in a handy spot so you can sneak in your hobby during any spare moment. You might also consider a craft center for you and your kids or a place for a sewing machine and other mending supplies.
Today's kitchen truly is the center of the home. The key is to make it accessible, open, light and friendly, not to mention - efficient. Weighing options before you beging your remodeling job will only increase your enjoyment later.
by Anthony Adams