|One of my kitchen renovations, featuring antique flooring, Italian marble countertops, custom hood and Le Canche cooking center|
Increasingly, today’s Greenwich homebuyers think of the kitchen as a center of family entertaining—the center of gravity where everyone hangs out more than anywhere else. If another room features a giant TV entertainment center that might be serious competition for the family’s attention, but otherwise, it's the kitchen. It's in the kitchen where family members spend the most time and which gets the most scrutiny when it comes to a home sale.
There’s no question that a claustrophobic kitchen can slow an otherwise appealing home’s sale. Hiring an architect, contractor, pulling permits, etc. to physically expand a kitchen is a major undertaking that runs the risk of costing more than it returns. So finding ways to make your kitchen feel bigger without blowing out walls and tearing up the property for months on end, well—that’s definitely worth looking into.
To cut to the chase, most of the Feel Bigger Ways aren’t magical: they turn out to be design ideas that maximize storage efficiency. To achieve positive Greenwich home sale results, the idea is to systematically substitute suffocating kitchen clutter with eye-pleasing open space. Here's some easy ways to accomplish that:
1. Make the Most of Your Kitchen Island-The space beneath is ideal for “smart” storage solutions. Google "smart storage" for how to best do this.
2. Get rid of Overhead Cabinets-- Abandon one of Greenwich most popular design ideas of bygone eras: the overhead cupboard. In most layouts, those utilitarian storage solutions assail kitchen occupants’ sightlines exactly where it will do the most harm. When you remove those overheads, a whole lot of claustrophobia goes with them. Unfortunately, a good deal of storage space goes with them. That brings up two other tried-and-true alternatives. First, placing shelving on unused wall space can solve some of the storage dilemma—most pleasingly, when it’s some variety of open shelving. Kitchen design publications are filled with examples of appealing open and glass-windowed shelving.
Second is what could be the most useful, least expensive, and easily adopted insight for making your Greenwich kitchen fell bigger: just get rid of excess kitchen stuff! It’s simple but true. Removing unused utensils, pots & pans and kitchenware can work miracles. For the gourmet-pleasing cooks who can’t get by without a lot of exotic cookery aids, the solution is an off-site storage solution in the garage or dedicated closet. The minor inconvenience will be worth it if a quicker home sale results.
I have a background in kitchen and bath design which can be helpful as you prepare your kitchen and home to put it on the market. Feel free to reach out.