Kitchen renovation rule #3: Consider who’s using the kitchen
If you’ve shopped for kitchen appliances recently, you’ll know how overwhelming the options are. Not only is the market for fridges, stoves and dishwashers flooded with a sea of different finishes to choose from, but there are other considerations as well, including size, the configuration of doors and drawers, and an array of time- and energy-saving bells and whistles. The upside to this mind-boggling assortment, says Sarah Baeumler, is that there are now infinite ways to customize your kitchen to suit the needs of the people who will be using the space. “Not everybody wants huge panelled fridges anymore—but we’re a big family and we’re out in the sticks so we needed one,” she laughs. “But we also opted for refrigerator drawers that are easy for the kids to access. That’s where we put their fruits, vegetables and snacks.”
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