The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

by Monique Tunsill 09/29/2019

It has been written; the kitchen is the heart of the home. So, when walking through a model or open house, the kitchen is a significant appeal or detractor. Where the kitchen is relative to the rest of the living space is essential. The layout of the workflow can make or break the impression of the house as a whole. Any upgrades and extra convenience features can turn an ordinary kitchen into your culinary dream area. Other architectural choices can affect the ascetics of the property. 

Layout and Function

When looking at kitchen layouts, the choices are almost endless. How you use the kitchen will give you direction on what will work for you and your family. The number of people that will use the space at any one time can determine how much floor space in the kitchen you need. If you entertain often or tend to gather in the kitchen, an open concept may be up your alley. An island kitchen is another great idea for people who like to congregate and spend time in and around their kitchen. A raised bar on the island can help hide any messes while still enjoying the open island kitchen concept when entertaining.

Work Triangle

Placement of what chefs call the work triangle is an essential element in any kitchen layout. The triangle is made up of the placement of the refrigerator, sink, and oven/stove. In other words, gathering ingredients, prepping, and cooking. Having an optimize work triangle can increase your enjoyment in the kitchen. When touring open or model homes, walk the space as you would use it at home. You could visualize the steps you would take in that space to get your morning cup of coffee. Does the layout make sense concerning how you work in the kitchen?

Upgrades and Add-ons

Many remodeled and new construction homes boast kitchen upgrades that look impressive. A hot water dispenser alongside the sink is convenient, as is an ice cube and water dispenser built into the fridge. Look for those upgrades that lend themselves to helping you make better use of your time. Remember, the more gadgets there are, the more items to maintain. Go ahead and enjoy the undercabinet lighting, so you don’t stub your toes when grabbing that midnight snack. In addition to functional upgrades, some are just there for the overall esthetics; such as crown molding, Italian tile work, or pendant lighting over an island bar. Those can give an otherwise ordinary kitchen a “wow” factor that makes a real impression.

Contact your realtor for more information on locating your dream kitchen.

About the Author

Monique Tunsill

Monique Tunsill is a Jacksonville; First Coast native, devoted wife, and mother of five wonderful children. She knows the lay of the land and is equipped to provide competent and compassionate guidance for those seeking the purchase or sale of real estate on the First Coast.

Monique is a lover of good inspirational, funky, heartfelt, meaningful music. But where her passion truly lies, is in the education of our children. Her commitment to the young is witnessed in the positive self-encouragement and tutelage she freely gives to those at her child's academy school where she volunteers. She says children are our future and so we must instill the best in us to them.

During her twelve-year military career, Monique served as a logistical expert for her Battalion and as an instructor for soldiers transitioning into the logistical field. As a Federal Technician she managed programs valued in excess of thirteen million dollars and earned a number of awards recognizing her excellence in communication, leadership, problem-solving, and her comprehensive approach to completing the task at hand.

Buying and selling real estate can be exciting, exhausting, and stressful all at once. The process requires enthusiasm, patience, perseverance, and resourcefulness. All of which are qualities Monique has exuded throughout her military career and family life. Now, as a member of the Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty team, she stands on the firm footing established over 112 years ago by Coldwell Banker. Known for her love of people and commitment to helping others, she stands ready to help you reach your real estate goals and be... 'The Bridge to Your Destination'.