The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. This is the spot where family and friends gather, meals are prepared and enjoyed, and connections are made. Next to the bathroom, kitchens are typically the most used room in the house. They are often the subject of renovations and always make the top 10 list of most wished-for home improvements. However, kitchen renovations are expensive, time-consuming and incredibly disruptive to your life. Savvy homebuyers are turning on to the fact that it’s usually much more reasonable to buy a newly constructed home that already has the kitchen of their dreams than to renovate an older home’s kitchen.
In this new Feature Room of the Month series of posts, we’re going to take a look at specific rooms of the house and examine the elements that make or break the room. This month we’re tackling kitchens and we’ve found a beautiful example to feature.
Photo courtesy of Beazer Homes
We’ve chosen the Wilson Plan by Beazer Homes, a nationwide builder with 35 years of experience. This two-story single-family home is located in Windermere, Florida, near Orlando and, at nearly 5,000 square feet, boasts five to six bedrooms, 3.5 to 4.5 bathrooms, a three-car tandem garage and a first-floor master suite. The builder offers two kitchen options, both of which open to a great room and include a large island as a feature point in the space.
Photo courtesy of Beazer Homes
The kitchen we’ve chosen to highlight is an island-style kitchen, though it could almost be considered a modified galley or a galley-island combination. This kitchen incorporates the best features of the galley kitchen as well as the convenience, added workspace and seating of an island.
Galleys remain a very popular kitchen floor plan due to their lean layout, maximum use of space and lack of troublesome corners. Sometimes referred to as a walk-through kitchen, galleys generally consist of two parallel countertops and a walkway in between them. In this case, the island is so large that it feels very much like a second counter even though the sink and dishwasher are incorporated into the island.
Islands are incredibly versatile kitchen features. They can include cabinets, appliances, sinks and wash stations, or simply countertop space and seating. Islands can transform one-wall kitchens into galleys and L-shapes into horseshoe-shaped floor plans. It’s no wonder they are in such hot demand!
Our highlighted kitchen is bookended with a breakfast nook on one end and the dining room at the opposite end. The island separates the kitchen from the great room, although it leaves plenty of space for movement between the two areas.
Why We “HomLuv” It So Much
There’s so much to love about this kitchen! It’s spacious, open, stunning and yet still incredibly functional. The open style and thoughtful, modern layout is a perfect example of trends that today’s homebuyers want. Here are some of our favorite highlights:
Visit HomLuv to Find Your Dream Kitchen
Although we chose to feature this particular kitchen, it is just one of many dream kitchens you’ll find on HomLuv. As you browse for your new dream kitchen, the biggest problem you’ll have is narrowing down your favorites into a manageable list! The best advice we can give in this situation is to keep your lifestyle and routines in mind and look for designs that fit how you live. After all, the kitchen is the heart of your home!