The Evolution of Kitchen Design
Kitchen Bergen County

Though the kitchen’s role as hub-of-home will likely never change, the definition of “hub” and what that means to the modern homeowner has certainly evolved. With emotional comfort, open space and sustainability leading the charge in contemporary design, this room, which was once relegated to meal preparation, has taken on a much broader, lifestyle-driven role.

Avid cooks have long known that casual dinner gatherings result in a crowded kitchen, where guests wander in to be part of the action. Designers and architects have taken note of this, and expanded on the idea to make the kitchen an open space that serves a range of lifestyle needs.

More than ever, homebuyers are seeking this open style of design, one with a free-flowing aesthetic incorporating multi-functional areas where the family can interact both during meal times and throughout the day. Many kitchens now have adjoining family rooms and seating areas, or activity centers for small children with built-in doodle boards and chalkboards.

And let us not forget the cooking and entertaining. “Clients want a kitchen that lends itself well to casual entertaining,” says Karen Eastman Bigos of Towne Realty Group in Short Hills, N.J. “Ideally, they want it to be located at the back of the house, with easy access to an indoor/outdoor space such as a patio, deck or barbecue area.” This is not to say that having a festive occasion catered is on its way out.