Small Is Big In Home Design
North American Precis Syndicate
Increasingly, families are making the most of small living spaces. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—With the average American household at around 21/2 people,
according to Census Bureau research, there’s an increased desire for
Many people—students, millennials, empty nesters and seniors—are
now living in small apartments and tiny houses.
In addition, in homes of any size, the lines between the kitchen and other
living areas are blurring as the family is coming together to entertain
casually, eat and prepare in one space.
If you’re looking into cooking up a small kitchen for your
household, here are four hints that can help:
1) Work with your designer to define what is important to you in a
kitchen. Do you want a larger refrigerator? Many burners on the cooktop? What
can stay and what can go? Take a lifestyle approach to your design project
for how you cook, entertain and live every day. Don’t design around a
specific holiday or special occasions.
2) Look for smart storage solutions. Think about installing lazy Susans or
spice racks. Store pots under a cooktop where they’re easier to access.
Don’t skimp on storage organizers—they’re worth their cost
to avoid your having to crawl into hard-to-reach places. Use clever pullouts
to make use of dead cabinet space. Let your utensils go hang—from the
ceiling, on hooks behind cabinet doors or on a Peg-Board on the wall.
3) “Never sacrifice the size of the sink; you will need the space
for pots and baking sheets,” advises architect Rebecca Ascher. She
suggests keeping the sink between 26” and 28” minimum.
To help, there’s a line of small yet spacious sinks available in
eight colors—Cinder, Truffle, Biscotti, White, Anthracite, Metallic
Gray, Café Brown and Biscuit—to match nearly any design. These
BLANCO PRECIS sinks feature the rock-hard durability of SILGRANIT, now with
the convenience and functionality to work within even the smallest of
The undermount sinks come in a sleek modern single-bowl design; you don’t
have to sacrifice style for small spaces.
4) To maximize counter space, look for appliances, furniture and sinks
with built-in accessories. BLANCO QUATRUS stainless steel sinks, for
instance, come with built-in cutting boards, colanders and magnetic caddies
for cleaning tools. They come in compact sizes and are the same size top and
bottom to maximize the bowl.
For further facts and a look at all the innovative sinks available, go to www.blancoamerica.com.
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