What Makes a Great Kitchen w/Video

Real Estate Agent with The Group, Inc


What Makes a Great Kitchen

The hub of any home is undoubtedly the kitchen. Used for far more than just meal preparation, today's kitchen serves as a gathering space, a work space, a relaxation space, the place where multiple cooks and helpers work together and a hospitality hub. Because of its multiple uses, good design is critical in order for this, the heart of the home, to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.



4 things that make this a great kitchen:


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1.  Open and bright

A great kitchen offers open space, not only for more than one person to be able to work together in the same room, but for guests to be able to gather around. Likewise, it is nice for the kitchen to open up to other rooms in the home so that the cook is not separated from others every time he/she is in the kitchen.


Lighting is oh so important in this particular room. Ideally, kitchen lighting is layered with natural light, task lights, ambient light and under cabinet lighting, like here at 41850 Double Buck.


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2. Quality materials and appliances

Because of the wear and tear we put on our kitchens, it is important to buy quality appliances, cabinets and other materials. This professional grade Wolf 6-burner gas range top is one of the best on the market. Above it is a stainless steel exhaust hood with built-in task lighting. 


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The built-in oven, warming drawer and microwave are all by Wolf. Granite is one of the most durable surfaces for countertops. These countertops are honed, a polishing process that creates a matte finish, giving this gourmet kitchen a more casual feel.


3. Function

Having a kitchen that functions well is arguably the most important element of a great kitchen. Nothing is more frustrating than having to close the dishwasher you are loading every time someone needs to get by for a glass or to get to the refrigerator.



The great kitchen in this Strawberry Park home is equipped with multiple work zones. The u-shaped design provides various work zones as well as abundant counterspace and cabinetry. A large center island adds additional cabinetry for storage and counterspace while a prep sink in the island offers another work zone. A pull-out spice rack next to the cooktop and a cabinet for waste and recycling next to the sink keep things organized and out of sight.


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4. Character

Adding something unique and special to your kitchen will brighten your day every time you walk into the room. For instance, coffee lovers will love this built-in Miele espresso maker. Not only does it brew a consistent shot of espresso at the push of a button, guests will certainly marvel over this luxury item. Bring in your own style by mixing textures, materials and color which also add character.

The kitchen is one of the most important, if not THE most important, room in any home so it is essential to plan ahead and do it right. Well thought out design incorporating good lighting, functionality, quality materials and appliances and a touch of character are keys to  a great kitchen.

Click here to see the full-length video of this incredibly designed luxury home on 15 acres in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Charlie Dresen

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Real Estate Associate Broker | Sotheby's
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Comments (7)

David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

You are so right that a great kitchen requires character. That is what makes it the gathering place.

Nov 10, 2015 05:26 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

What makes a great kitchen to me is space. Space to move around when there are multiple people occupying the area. Enough counter space to perform meal-prep. Refrigerator space and a large enough oven to be versatile as to handle multiple items at once. Everything in a good kitchen to me revolves around space.

Nov 10, 2015 06:46 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

I am in total agreement with you on this Charlie.

Not too mention that kitchen is very nice!

Nov 10, 2015 08:31 AM
Charlie Dresen
The Group, Inc - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

David Gibson Charator give a kitchen life. That's why I also love the new colors of appliances. 

So right Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert If your space is tight, it's hard to do anything - let alone cook and entertian. 

So true David - this is one fine kitchen. 

Nov 10, 2015 10:44 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Charlie ... love your post, photos, video and featured to the group:


Nov 14, 2015 04:12 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Charlie Dresen  wow that is a beautiful kitchen . They say kitchen and bathrooms sell houses I totally agree ..so glad Alaska BoB feature this

Nov 15, 2015 01:53 AM
Charlie Dresen
The Group, Inc - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Thanks Hannah Williams  - Kitchen do help sell homes for sure. Worth every penny.


And thank you Robert (Alaska Bob) Swetz for featuring my post ; )

Nov 15, 2015 02:18 AM