Kitchen renovation rule #1: Open up your kitchen
Up until the 1980s, the kitchen served strictly as a room where meals were prepared. What’s more, it was often tucked away at the back of the house, and woefully cramped. That’s changing, says Bryan.
“We don’t really do a ‘kitchen’ anymore, because it’s become more of an open-concept combination kitchen, living room and family room,” he says. “We call it a ‘living-kitchen.'” Case in point, the two massive kitchen islands in the Baeumler family kitchen (shown here) serve not only as a place for meal prep, but also as dining tables, and as desks where the kids do their homework. “It’s part of a larger entertaining space in the home,” says Sarah. “It still has to be functional, but people are also looking for it to be luxurious, because it’s now a space that guests see when they come into your home.”