Kitchen Improvements For Making Your Life Easier

Do you find yourself daydreaming about glistening granite countertops or cherry-wood cabinetry? If so, you’re definitely not alone! According to a recent survey by the NAHB (National Organization of Home Builders), kitchen renovation is 17% more popular than it was just two years ago. Before you get started, though, you should consider what’s most suited to your family and your finances. Read on for several kitchen must-haves that will make your life easier and add value to your home.

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Double Ovens
Not only will it add a certain “cool factor” to your kitchen, they’ll make cooking a lot easier. A double oven will allow you to cook without all that unnecessary bending and stooping, and you’ll have another oven ready for cooking those big holiday meals. Having your oven separate from your cooktop will allow you to put your range where it best suits your kitchen’s floor plan.

Boiling Water Tap
If you drink a lot of tea or coffee, a boiling water tap is a fine addition to your remodeled kitchen. Franke, Brita, Grohe and Quooker taps provide you with the hot water you need, when you need it. No more waiting for the timer to go off, and no more waiting for the kettle to boil!

Dishwasher in a Drawer
They can be used instead of or along with a regular dishwasher, and they quickly and efficiently clean smaller loads of dishes. Install yours in your pantry, add it to your center island, or wherever else you prepare your food. From the outside they look like regular drawers, but they pull out to facilitate easy cleanup.

Countertop Garage
It’s just what it sounds like; the countertop garage is the place to put your often-used appliances that you don’t necessarily want to keep in plain sight. They’re especially useful for concealing espresso machines and stand mixers.

Kitchen Heater
The plinth heater (also known as a baseboard or kickboard heater) is the most common type. In their simplest terms, they’re heaters installed below cupboards, lower cabinetry, or in baseboards. Most kitchens don’t have them, but they’re vastly underrated and they really do a lot to warm up the most-used room in your home.

Everyone has their opinion as to the features they’d have in their dream kitchen, but the scope of your renovations will likely depend on your family and your budget. However, the additions on this list will help you get closer to the kitchen you want without breaking the bank.

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This article was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of Kitchen Appliance Centre, retailers of plinth heaters and quooker taps amongst other appliances. Visit their site to see the full range.

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