May 2020 Issue
Eat-in kitchens are talking center design stage
by Michele Van Der Veen
Living in a world that is in constant motion, change is bound to happen in regards to the way we live. As life has become faster-paced, the days of formal dining rooms and formal living rooms have gone. New home builders in recent years have picked up on this and gradually began changing how homes are designed for today's buyers. As a real estate investor and designer who flips houses, it becomes my job to take houses designed with this past style of living and bring them into present times. One design I like to use on my flips are what I call the eat-in kitchen.
Eat-in kitchens are an open floorpan concept designed to accommodate either a casual dining experience or a formal dining experience centered right in the heart of the house. Creating homes that appeal to both casual and formal lifestyles helps keep an open door for more buyers to see themselves living in these homes. There are a couple different ways to incorporate the eat-in kitchen design:
Dressing It Up
The kitchen becomes the entertaining spcae. While entertaining, the kitchen at times can be perceived as the messy workspace, which is uninviting. Also, kitchens with seating at the island can often be perceived as utilitarian workspace, not entertaining or dining space, and kitchens with bar-style seating can cut the cook off from the party all together. Whereas an eat-in kitchen design with an actual table in the center of the kitchen creates a sense of "formality" to it keeping it functional yet inviting to all.
Dressing It Down
This creates a homework or craft environment for kids while parents are in the kitchen working. The actual table is large and open, which is a draw for families to spread out and work together. With so much technology taking away from family time, the eat-in kitchen is the perfect solution to bring conversation back into the home. Cabinets are built into each end of a large table. One end houses the kitchen sink and dishwasher while the other end consists of cabinet space for storage. The table itself can be designed to seat as many or as few seats as the kitchen space will allow. The height of the table is a standard table height, which is around 28-30 inches.
This design is unique, functional, and affordable to install. This design gives homeowners with many different tastes and needs a reason to ask themselves, "Why eat out when we can eat in?"