Custom Kitchen Unit

by Jane VanOsdol on March 13, 2011

Of all the rooms in a home, the kitchen is probably the workhorse of the house. Just think about all the purposes that this room serves. Of course this is where you do your meal preparation and cooking.  Breakfast and dinner and perhaps lunch are served up in this room many times over the course of a week. Family and holiday parties often call for special baking sessions. Friends may drop in and everyone ends up in the kitchen snacking and talking. Often times children spread out their homework at the kitchen table and Mom may use it for her craft projects. Do you ever feel like you wish the space were more open to the rest of your house? If so, you may want to consider a change that will make this wish a reality.

In many homes, the kitchen and a family room or living room share a common wall. If this is the case in your home, then taking out that wall and replacing it with a standing unit will dramatically change the look and feel of the space. It will feel like one big space, yet with a defined area dedicated to the kitchen and with the right living space for the family room. A kitchen design pro will be able to design a unit that is open on each side, and therefore functional to both the kitchen and the family room.

A custom design can allow you to incorporate almost anything into the unit. Decide what will work for your family. Let’s take a look at one possibility for your home improvement.

Kitchen Side

On the kitchen side of your room, your custom unit can be designed so that it holds a refrigerator, wine cooler, a food pantry and open shelves for displaying any kitchen collectibles and cookbooks. This type of unit can be designed to fit whatever style your kitchen is in—traditional or modern. It can have a sleek, steel contemporary look, or it can have a warm, age-old appeal when built with hardwood. You decide what best fits your home.

Family Room Side

If the room on the other side of the kitchen is a family room, the unit will work perfectly to hold media equipment. It can be designed to hold your flat screen TV, any gaming equipment, and all the accessories necessary for the ultimate media room.

If you are doing a full-scale kitchen remodel, you could also have your kitchen cupboards designed to match the standing unit, which would really tie the whole area together.

Ultimately, taking the wall down and replacing it with the unit will allow a free flow between the two spaces, making it a perfect spot for entertaining and hanging out.

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