1. A Separate Refrigerator & Freezer. Also a small beverage refrigerator for the kids. If you have the room.
2. Dovetail Drawer Boxes. Helps to prevent the drawer fronts from falling off. Save 33% on cabinetry going from custom to semi-custom. Save another 33% going from semi-custom to stock.
3. 48" Range. 2 ovens, 6 burners, a grill & a griddle. Viking & Wolf are the big names.
4. Radiant Floor Heating. Uses tubes or cables to send heat up from under the floor. Efficient, comfortable, quiet, invisible, & distributes heat evenly unlike any other types of heating-baseboard or forced air-which can take up valuable cabinet space & heat the kitchen unevenly. Electric radiant floor heat is less expensive to install but more expensive to use.
5. An Island. Island kitchens are more popular than any other design. Better work flow & traffic flow, more counter space, & a central gathering point for family & friends. Islands without sinks or appliances can save between $2,000 & $10,000.
6. Other ideas for kitchens: 2 sinks. Custom stove hoods. Granite countertops. The following are "out": oak cabinets, apron-front sinks, lacquer cabinets, strong or harsh colors.
5 Easy Ways to turn your home Green:
1. Replace all incandescent light bulbs with compact flourescent bulbs, the ones with the "Energy Star" label. Each bulb costs more, but lasts 8-15 times longer & save 20% on the electric bills.
2. Install a solar water heater. Solar thermal is a fraction of the cost of solar electric. It takes up very little space on the roof & has a fast payback.
3. Recycle your cellphones. Donate them so the material can be reused.
4. Install a solar air heater on an external south wall.
5. Install geothermal heating. It is expensive & not easy, but will save the homeowner 50%-60% on all utility costs.