One sizedoes not fit oll "l got the ideafrom a magazine," Taylor says. For Betsy Schrubbe,lifelongresidentof
"Weendedup withdouble crown molding with Nap e rv ille n d h e r h u s b a n d K ris ,c u s t o m
Answering questions helpyou avoid
squarediagonal tiles placedabouteverytwo cabinetswere surprisingly affordablefor
the cookie-cutter syndrome often seen
them. People actually talk about theirkitchen remodel a newly
in basic kitchendesigns.Forexample, for feet between
homeowners shorton time,kitchens designed it the most." 1.972 lradilional two-story. Naperville
f or speed, ef f iciencyand easy cleanup Not afraidto go out on an expressive Kit c h e n , ic h is d e s ig n in gh e ir c u rre n t
mightfeaturethe latestin convection ovens, the Taylors ideas kitchenafter remodeling the one in their
also addedother innovative
f aucet s wit h hish necks and pull- down such as edging tile with slate.Whenasked previous home, not only provided custom
and easy-to-clean flooring. whichfeatureof the kitchenis her favorite, features suchas deeper cabinets house
Taylorhad difficultychoosingbetweenthe modernlargerplatesizes,built-insilverware
Family-friendly designswill tend tb focus
fireplace and the rangearea. dividers evena storage
and closetfor vacuum
on multifunctional features, durability fun.
andc le a n in g u p p lie sb u t it re p o rt e d lyid
Great-room opennessallows parents to "lt'sjust so unique," concludes. loveit all."
with their children they do home-
it le s s e x p e n s iv e lyh a n t h e la rg e d o -it -
work or playon the computer while lower-
Growingpoins yourself stores.
Kitchens also aregrowing size.In tryingto
levelcountertops, easy-access appliances,
incorporate multipurpose function become "They're solidwood,andwe werelooking
and pullout steps and beverage drawers
place, for sturdy, nice cabinetsthat appeal to
both an eateryas well as a gathering
grant some independence the most for
more peopleare optingto changeoriginal people evenwhenyousell,and it's notjust
height-challengedthe of family.
floorplans.Kitchens opening to dinettes howthey lookbut howorganized
are up they are,"
Forthose adding half
cocKailpartiesor neighbor- and f am ilyr oom sand elim inat ing - walls BetsySchrubbe says."Wecompared costs,
hood chili cook-offsto their kitchen's job t o expandt he space while incor por at ingand this didn't cost more,plus it included
descr ipt ion, unningst yle and size ar e specialf eat ur esnot t ypically
st shar ed,like crownmolding and was nicely framedin."
everything. Under-counter stemware racks, fireplaces. goal is comfort.
islands designedf or ser ving, war m ing Kitchensare not only growingout, however. Design sell to
dr awer s,lar ger dishwasher s, six- bur ner They're growing Perh a p sn o t h in gd e mo n s t ra t e s o w f a r
cooktops winecellars among
and are those kitchenshavecome in our collective psyche
featuresguest list. "Cabinet sar e going up, and sof f it s ar e than the fact that kitchenssell houses.
topping the special
out," says Dennis Rehs,designer and owner
And the Schrubbe's shouldknow.
And don't be afraidto be honest.lf your of Naperville Kitchen."Ceilings are higher,
moreaot to channel MarieCallender instead so 42-inchuppercabinets now normal." "Youget yourmoneybackin yourkitchen,"
of Julia Child viceversa, designer
or a needs says."ln oldhouse, cabinets
However, Rehs notes that kitchens,despite Schrubbe
to know-it greatlycan impact decisions and granitesold the house. Downto the
their growing size,don't necessarily up end
concer ning sucht hingsas f r eezer space,
with morewalkable squarefootage. faucet.it is important."
appliances, cooking zonesand storage.
"Everybody wantsthe Taj Mahal,but youjust Acc o rd in go t h e S c h ru b b e 's a lt o r, h e
t re t
Tokeit personolly can't always do it-especially when your kitchen was the keyto selling the house.
Nevertheless, whether kitchens designed
kitchenseemsto shrinkas your appliances
for a single socialiteorthe Brady Bunch, some grow," d
Kee p in g s a le a lu ein min dd u rin g e s ig n
trends are universal. These days kitchen considerations makessensein an area
newer construction gives the
Kelli Anderson designsare showing their individuality.In manyinstances,
off whereupwardly mobile demographics mean
illusion a larger
of kitchen virtueof vaulted
The kitchen,once the unglomorous scullerymoid of the Americonhome, hos undergone "l t hink over all kit chens ar e becom ing ceilings. to the factthat restaurant-style
homeowners to pullup rootsmoreoften
with todoy'sfomilies for more personal," Kawczynski says. "People and-sized appliances takingup morespace or look for largerhomes as familiesand
dromoticchongesboth in functionond in style.
arelooking express themselves through the or that familiesare adding lslandsand incomes grow.
togetherond requiringoreosthot con multitosk, kitchenreigns the centrol
the os useof color, detailsand displays theirown not just one, and it turns out that walkable
port school,port ployground But that doesn'tmeango for broke.
ploce-the heortof the home-functioningos port restouront, collectables." spacehasn't grownthat much if at all. The
is a big issue.Enterthe "Don't overbuild yourkitchen,"Kawczynski
ond port PortYCentrol. Colorfulaccentsand focal pointscreated result?Storage still
innovations cabinetry. cautions."Yes, people have to consider
in tile areespecially effective communicatorsnew space-saving
"Wefirst wantto knowhowthe clientuses resale, stayaround percent
When Lisa and Jim Taylor boughttheir new flagstone,slate and graniteto welcoming of personality, whetherfun and feisty or Get orgonized but 15 valueof
they knewfrom featureslike a fireplace and plentyof room the kitchen," explains Ted Kawczynski, and old world.Backsplashes key "Everything about convenience,"
are Rehs the house.Don'tgo overboard."
homein Naperville April,
last elegant is
gatheri ng the CKD, CBD,ownerof The KitchenMasterin
and entertai ni ng'
the outsetthat they wouldhaveto remodel fo r f ami l y areasto display beautiful natural stonetiles, says. "New cabinetsare built with pantries
The good news is that investments the in
Taylorsdesigneda spacethat is a reflection N apervi l l eand desi gnerof t he Taylor 's glass tiles, and pullouts.
the kitchen. colorfulmuralsor scintillating They're very big rightnow."
today. kitchenremodeling project."You have to kitchenhavea 90 percentreturnor more,
of manytrendsseen in kitchens to namea popular few options.
" l lov ed t he ho u s e , b u t i t h a d a v e ry knowtheir dislikes theircurrent kitchen
in Built-inspice racks,dividers silverware, whichaccounts the fact that clientsof
So how to start? How do you get your kitchen remodelwill not say they
out dat edk it c he n ,"L i s aT a y l o r a y s . " We to do all the thingsyou needit to do, dreamit and investigate
s the family lifestyle'Who In the caseof the Taylor's kitchen remodel, bakingsheets,garbage pullouts and deeper a well-designed
changed everYthing." prepares the meals and how often? How it was t he unconvent ional of t ile t hat drawersare helpingto solve storagewoes soldtheir housein threedaysbut that they
can do, anddo it in a waythat looksfabulous?
becamea show-stopoer. and maximize spaceefficiency. soldt h e irk it c h e n .
Fromrichtexturesof natural materials like Gettinga greatdesigner a goodplace start' oftendo theYentertain?"
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