Condo Design Tips from an Award Winning Designer!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

IS YOUR KITCHEN HOT AND SMART?

Kitchen is a space to nurture health, it is a space to celebrate and entertain, it is an area that can become the heart of your entire open condo space. Kitchens are an integral part of the overall condo space design, so make sure when buying a condo you pay attention to all the finishes and details of the kitchen.

Apparently many of us spend our evenings mostly in the kitchen or at the kitchen bar area- this should be a good enough reason to analyze all finishes and most importantly the functionality of your kitchen.

The days when a kitchen was the size of two rooms are over. Instead today’s kitchens, especially condo kitchens are better conceived and use space efficiently. More than ever the kitchen is the gathering space of the home, but the space has been reconfigured so that the actual functioning part is smaller and the rest of it may be a combined living room/den or dining space.

The layout of your kitchen is one of the most important parts of a condo open space design. Many of our readers are asking this question: “ I have a linear kitchen but no place for a dining table, how can I create a dining area?” This sleek kitchen image from Arclinea solves the problem.

When it comes to small condo spaces, the kitchen is where we go to cook, eat, entertain, and even do homework. It’s a receptacle for all sorts of things.

If you are trying to choose the right layout and design for your condo, look at the kitchen design as the generator of the look of your space. That's where you can start cooking all your design ideas and keep in mind that nothing makes your kitchen more valuable than the appliances. In an open space, the kitchen has too many design elements that cannot be ignored when designing the rest of the condo space.

This Vancouver condo kitchen is indeed the core of the entire open space, you can prepare meals, entertain, great traffic path all around the kitchen, with the right selection of finishes this can be the jewel of the space. The gallery created behind the kitchen cabinetry can be a great space for showcasing art and playing with lighting!



This New York condo kitchen, also a linear design but tucked at right at the end of the open space serves not only as a kitchen and entertaining area, but once you close the cabinets with the moveable wall panels the entire kitchen dissapears and becomes just a background which has a lot of design potential, from mirrored textures, to wood finishes or lacquered textures.

This condo loft space located in Los Angeles has, like any loft, the advantage of heights and perhaps unique interior elements that become the visual attraction of the open space. This kitchen's got nothing to hide- fully open to the rest of the space, can work perfectly with a moveable island that can have multifunctions and serve as a cooking island, breakfast and dining area! Considering the height of the space, when it comes to the height of the upper cabinets, the ceiling is the limit. And while the top cabinets or open shelving are not that handy when preparing meals, they could be designed to set the tone for the look & feel of the entire space. Think of accessories display, lighting, even art!

Are you building a new kitchen or perhaps renovating one?

At his upstate New York home, known as the e-House, architect Michael McDonough is conducting an ongoing experiment in ecological awareness. In this video Michael takes us on a tour of his kitchen, the heart of any family home. Watch the intelligent kitchen- the e-house.



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