A spacious kitchen with space for both eating and socialising can be an added bonus to your home - whether you are selling or not. Kitchens that work best often have well defined areas. The space can be used for multi-purposes if it is well thought out; a large kitchen table for the kids to do their homework is often beneficial so you can keep an eye on them while you can do some cooking or other household chores. Furthermore, you can add a comfy sofa and armchair and it becomes an area to relax in too. A combined kitchen/living area where everyone can enjoy the space, with multi functions, is becoming increasingly popular.
Kitchen's don't always heve to be completely fitted to be stylish and practical. An eclectic mix of furniture can look good too. Using both fitted and non-fitted furniture can give you flexibility and lets you change your mind about the layout, especially when you first move into your new space.
Light is important for the feel good factor of your kitchen. If you have a view - make the most of it by putting in sliding doors or large glazed windows opening onto a spacious patio for that extra feeling of space and light.
Never to be overlooked in our current climate of high energy bills. The kitchen is where you may spend a lot of time cooking, eating and socialising. Think carefully about your heating options as keeping warm and fuel bills low is essential in times when the cost of living is escalating and we are all keeping an eye on the pennies.
To keep warm - underfloor heating can be a luxurious option with either a stone or wooden (engineered) floor. For the luxurious option - a range or aga (oil or electric) can provide you with heat all year round. Adding a fire burning stove is another way to keep you warm and snug in your new kitchen in the winter months and leaves you with the option of not having to put the heating on in the rest of the house - again saving on your energy bills.