Give Your Kitchen a Lifestyle Upgrade
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|Sun, 02-17-2008 - 9:12am|
Kitchens are among the most popular and profitable remodeling projects, significantly increasing the value of a home. Updating cabinets, countertops and fixtures are a smart investment. And adding some of today's appliance extras will give your space a total lifestyle upgrade.
"Today's home design is about living and working comfortably in every room," remarks Jennifer Uihlein, president
of premium appliance manufacturer U-Line Corporation (http://www.u-line.com). "A kitchen remodel is a great opportunity to unite form and function with appliances that make your space work for your lifestyle."
Bustling families may opt for a kid-friendly space away from the main work area that includes an undercounter ice maker and refrigerator for drinks and snacks. For the home chef, refrigerated drawers in the prep area provide a dedicated space for fresh produce and quick access to regularly used ingredients. A wine storage appliance is ideal in the entertaining home. With multiple temperature zones set for optimal serving temperatures of red, white and sparkling varieties, wine is always ready to be enjoyed with guests.
Appliances should be selected early in the remodeling process to assure they are located accordingly in the overall design and will fit in the space available.
Exterior finish is another important consideration to make when choosing appliances. Stainless steel continues to be a strong trend, but another popular option is integrating appliances with custom-made wood door fronts or frames to match surrounding cabinetry.
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