Let Holiday Gatherings Inspire Your Kitchen Remodel
The holidays bring to mind warm memories of gathering with family and friends. Often it is during these times of entertaining that people realize what they would change about their kitchens. Over the years, we’ve added lots of features to remodels specifically for holiday ease – and we’ve compiled a list to help you plan for your own projects.
Double Oven or Oven & Convection Microwave
A double oven is one of the most popular requests in our kitchen remodels. Even though most people say they don’t use it every day, the ability to cook multiple dishes at different temperatures is invaluable during holiday meal preparation. Another combo that has been popular recently is an oven with a convection microwave above, rather than a second oven. Convection microwaves are a newer appliance but can provide many functions of a traditional oven while also working as a microwave, eliminating the need for a countertop or over-the-range appliance. One recent client remarked that it was a breeze to do her roasted veggies in the convection microwave while she did her baked goods in the regular oven below.
Large Island or Raised Bar
Another common request that is a game changer for many during the holidays is adding a large island, especially one with a bit of seating incorporated. A lot of people enjoy the company while preparing their holiday meals, or just need the extra counter space! A raised bar in particular can be a great space for either seating or laying out serving dishes.
Glass Front Cabinets or Open Shelves
While glass cabinets or open shelves may seem like more of an aesthetic choice than a utilitarian one, they can provide an easy way for guests to locate extra plates or glasses. You can switch the placement of your kitchen items to make your open shelves the place intended for guests to find their dinnerware, which is convenient and creates a nice, airy feel.
Trash & Recycling Pull-Out
Having a designated cabinet pull-out for your trash and recycling is convenient all year round, but even more useful during the holidays when you have more kitchen waste to dispose of. It can be designed to be strategically located for both meal preparation and guests, but easily stowed out of sight (and smell) when conversations are taking place in the kitchen space.
Photo compliments of Perigold
Drink or Serving Station
In many of our kitchen remodels, we’ve had specific requests for dining room or “hutch” style cabinetry to allow guests to serve themselves coffee and drinks while being outside of the main cooking space. This can be as simple as a small section of countertop with well-placed outlets; or as elaborate as wine racks, mini refrigerators, and a bar sink to allow complicated drink preparation.
When it comes to holiday hosting, there are lots of kitchen upgrades that can enhance and simplify your celebration.
Unless noted, all photos from Powell Construction