I’ve been building homes in the Panama City, Florida market for 20 years and have met with many homebuyers over the years. During the home buying process, it’s undeniable that homebuyers consider the kitchen to be one of the most crucial rooms in their custom home, both in terms of functionality and resale value. It serves as the heart of the home, where family members frequently gather. To ensure the kitchen meets your needs, it’s essential to focus on several key aspects listed below.
Opt for a spacious kitchen with ample storage, as it enhances functionality.
The Work Triangle
Follow the work triangle concept, arranging the sink, stove, and refrigerator close together for an efficient workflow. Consider adding features like prep sinks, dishwasher drawers, and under-cabinet ice machines.
Invest in high-quality appliances, such as wine coolers, ice makers, and double ovens. Additional features like warming drawers, pot fillers, and specialty coffee makers elevate the kitchen’s functionality.
Creating a Great Island
A well-designed kitchen island is essential. Ensure it complements your kitchen’s size and layout. Consider adding a vegetable sink with a disposal and a seating area for guests or family to gather.
Design a beautiful spot for dining in or near the kitchen to create a welcoming ambiance for meals.
Include a walk-in pantry to store items not needed daily, such as groceries, bulky appliances, or even a second refrigerator.
Multiple lighting options allow you to adjust the room’s mood as needed. Use under-cabinet lighting for work surfaces, recessed cans for extra light, and decorative fixtures for entertaining and ambiance.
Invest in quality cabinets with drawers for better functionality. Cabinet door profiles are less critical than the finish, architectural features, and hardware.
Built-In Coffee System
Consider installing in-wall, plumbed coffee systems for coffee enthusiasts, providing convenience and eliminating countertop clutter.
Choose between a single or double sink based on your preferences and usage. Place the garbage disposal in the sink you’ll use most.
Quartz has become popular due to its durability and variety. Consider using different countertops for the island if its design differs from the rest of the kitchen.
Include convenient features like instant hot water dispensers, water filtration devices, and garbage disposal push buttons. If desired, add a small TV to the kitchen.
Create a Focal Point
Designate a focal point in the kitchen, often the stove hood and surrounding cabinets, to add a touch of elegance.
By focusing on these essential aspects, you can create a functional and aesthetically pleasing kitchen that becomes the heart of your home. To learn more about building with the AR Homes® team in Panama City and designing your custom kitchen, call 850-265-6047.