The kitchen has always been one of the first rooms in any home that gets used, and for good reason. It gets used often and, with appliances and cabinets that take up plenty of space, it's perhaps the most noticeable area of most home interiors. For these reasons, an elegant, sparkling kitchen with the most upscale design features can define the inside of a home and, in many cases, add resale value. Even if you're not planning on selling anytime soon, there are plenty of high-end kitchen features that you should consider to spruce it up, especially if you already own a luxury home and want to ensure your kitchen is in line with the other stylish features on your home.
In addition to the modern appliances and sleek countertops that seem to be included in most upscale kitchens nowadays, here are a few luxury kitchen features that we consider to be must haves.
Walk-in PantryOne of the main aspects of luxury in general is comfort and with comfort comes space. With that being said, creating enough space for a walk-in pantry is almost mandatory if you want a true luxury kitchen. From here, you can get creative and include both standard and pull-out shelves, finely crafted cabinets, a wine refrigerator, and a second microwave. You'll never have to worry about storage extra food or chilled beverages again, not to mention those ultra-fancy dishes that are only used for special occasions.
Dishwasher, Refrigerator, and Warming Drawers
The transition to drawers in many appliances that once opened with strictly conventional doors has become more common in high-end kitchens. In the case of dishwashers, the drawers generally make it much easier to use, as you can utilize multiple drawers for a variety of dishes and then let them serve as storage for those dishes once they're clean.
Refrigerator drawers complement the existing fridge and are ideal for additional food that you'd like to access easily while keeping it cool simultaneously. The stainless steel drawers also add an extra glossy element to your kitchen as well.
Warming drawers are perhaps the most unique and practical of the three, as they're a perfect way to keep food warm for an extended period of time after its done cooking. This should come in handy if you're cooking a large dinner and need the over to cook something else, or if you've finished preparing your meal, but something unexpected comes up and you or a family member can't eat right away. This drawer comes with a thermostat that you can set to precisely the temperature you'd like to storage your meal at.
Pot FillerA trendy item that many luxury home owners are adding to their kitchens is a small, but extremely useful pot filler that's mounted on the wall above your stove. This convenient swing-out faucet can be convenient because it saves you from lugging a heavy pot of water from the sink to the stove. It also helps solve the potential problem of fitting those massive pots into the sink in the first place. It also provides professional look to any kitchen and many have used it as an opportunity to design the faucet in a manner that falls in line with their tile backsplash on the kitchen wall.
If you really want to step it up a notch when it comes to your cold food storage, you can dedicated an entire room that basically acts as a walk-in fridge. This luxurious feature could be added in place of a walk-in pantry or, if you own an extremely spacious home and want to make your kitchen even more extravagant, you could add both.
Built-in Wine Refrigerator
For those who don't need a cool room, but would like to free up some space in their walk-in pantry, you can build space into the island portion of your luxury kitchen with several racks to store your extra wine bottles. The temperature in this fridge can be adjusted, although it's generally meant to be slightly warmer than your typical fridge while remaining noticeably cooler than room temperature.
As for the racks, they're usually glistening with finely polished wood, while the door is generally at one end of the island and is made of glass so your wine is on full display! You can also leave space for a shelf or rack beside the fridge for your bottles of red wine that don't need to be chilled.
If you're considering upgrading your kitchen because you're selling your home and want to add value or you're looking to buy an upscale home in the Ridgewood, New Jersey area, contact the local experts at Tarvin REALTORS® today!