More than 10.2 million kitchens in the US are remodeled per year, making it one of the most popular home improvement projects in the country. If you already own a luxury home, a kitchen remodeling project allows you to make your kitchen look and feel more futuristic by filling it up with all the latest and greatest technologies available today. But, with so many options available, you must be careful to ensure that your choices in layout, materials, storage, appliances, and other special features not only make your kitchen look like it’s from the future but also provide the functionality you need to prepare meals.
Making it a social space
Over the years, the role of kitchens has changed dramatically. In the past, the kitchen was simply a room used for meal preparation but it is now the hub of the home where cooking is accompanied by other activities such as entertaining, dining, socializing, and even working. If your kitchen is still an enclosed room, the first thing you’ll need to do is knock down the walls to transform it into an open plan kitchen. This ensures that whoever is cooking can still see what’s going on in other spaces in the home and participate in conversations, which is more in tune with what the cooking experience of the future is expected to be like. To maintain this theme, you can add a counter complete with stools to provide a more relaxed way of dining and to open up an opportunity to chat with family members and guests as you prepare meals.
Adding new appliances
As technology advances, there are many new appliances available today that provide the same functionality as the traditional ones but in newer, better ways. You can start by replacing your burner with an interactive induction hob. Induction heating hobs use magnetic components hidden under the cooktop to heat your pots. But, instead of heating the bottom of the pot only like traditional stoves, an induction heating hob heats the entire pot — which means food cooks faster and more evenly. The technology allows you to place your pots and pans anywhere on the cooking surface and, using rotary sensor keys and a digital display, you can make precise adjustments such as the intensity of the heat. There are also smart ovens that can be controlled with a smartphone app or voice, making the job of baking a piece of cake.
Another kitchen staple, fridges, have also evolved. Smart fridges can keep track of what’s inside, connect to your smartphone, and even send alerts when someone opens it or leaves the door open. In the future, fridges could be replaced with inductive cooling containers that sit on induction shelves and cool your goods instantly. You can find more advanced options for almost every type of kitchen appliance. However, most of them come at a steep price compared to the traditional options, which is why it is a good idea to ensure that you have appliance insurance to augment what is not covered by your homeowner’s insurance or warranties.
Using new materials
When remodeling your kitchen, you want to use materials that not only look good but are also durable. For example, when it comes to countertops, marble and granite have traditionally been the popular high-end choices due to their look and durability but now, porcelain and quartz are becoming more popular. Engineered quartz is especially popular since it combines the best that nature and man have to offer – natural quartz and resins are combined to create a countertop with the same strength as granite, and superior impact resistance without the need for sealing. Porcelain is also creeping into more homes since it can’t be scratched, stained, or burnt.
The future of luxury kitchen design is bright. When remodeling your kitchen, pay close attention to the constantly evolving technologies and make smart additions to make it the best it can be.