The kitchen_ once the unglomorous scullery moid of the Americon by zhangyun


									                                                                                                                                                   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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         squarediagonal     tiles placedabouteverytwo cabinetswere surprisingly                      affordablefor
                                                                                                                                                   the cookie-cutter     syndrome often seen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        them. People    actually  talk about theirkitchen     remodel a newly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of             purchased
                                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wh                          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
                                                                                                                                                   nozzles, rugged
                                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               s              ,
                                                                                                                                                   Great-room       opennessallows parents to "lt'sjust so unique," concludes. loveit all."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                she            "l
                                                                                                                                                              with their children they do home-
                                                                                                                                                                                   as                                                                                                     t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to                      all
                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     our                  the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          re       v
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  he says.
                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                              clomoring moretime
                                           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.
                                                                            gothering                                                                                                                                                   several
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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             for                                    for
                                                         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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