by Patricia Feager
A lot has changed in the residential kitchens over the many generations of home buyers. For example, a homeowner in the 1950's was lucky to have a stove, refrigerator, sink, linoleum floors, and if there was a pantry, people were very lucky! It was really special if people owned a Dining Room Table and a China Cabinet. If an owner was lucky, they had a kitchen table in their kitchen. The kitchen table could have been made out of Oak Wood or a metal table and chairs.
Although big and bulky, by the late 1960's and 1970's, homeowners that were very lucky had their own washing machine and clothes dryer. In some parts of the country, owners still didn't own their own washers and dryers until much later. Today, in many older homes a home owner is lucky if they have a washer and dryer hook-up in their basements.
By the 1970's owning an Amana Microwave was very trendy. The introduction of the Amana RadarRange in 1972 changed the way people started to cook meals. Some interesting advertising included:
- Bakes a potato in 4 minutes
- Cooks a Hot Dog in 20 seconds
- Make a 5 lb Roast in 35 minutes
Young buyers (today's Baby Boomers) quickly ran out to buy large and very heavy Microwaves while their parents debated whether or not they were being exposed to radiation! A lot of research and development occurred over the years.
The concept of having a built in Microwave didn't occur until years later. Until I moved to Texas in 1997, a Breakfast Bar, an Island, and Granite Counter Tops, were unknown to me. Today, it is very common to have them in many different size kitchens. They make work space easier.
Today's buyers have an expectation for a trendy new Kitchen, built in Microwave, built in dishwasher, choices to include an array of unique Islands and breakfast bars with many different types of Kitchen Counter Tops and different features, including Cabinets with brushed nickle pulls, contemporary lighting, Sinks, Faucets, and kitchen flooring, which are better today in residential homes than existing Vintage Bed & Breakfast places across the country.
Today's modern conveniences are liberating features in many homes that weren't even available to the young adults who lived during World War II and children who grew up in the 1950 and 1960's. Yes! expectations have changed. Ironically, many home owners prefer to eat out. And rarely do new young buyers ever want a Dining Room. Kitchen appliances have shaped the lives of homeowners all because of greater vision, innovation, resourcefulness, and creativity. Things just keep getting bigger and better!