Build Your Favorite Kitchen

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Published on November 09, 2010 with No Comments

By Dan Steiner

When the family gathers in the Kitchen to relax, talk and eat together, that makes mom happy. As a builder, the challenge that I relish is to make the kitchen/breakfast nook as warm and functional as possible, so that everyone loves to spend time there. Here are a few of our Steiner Homes secrets that we use to make these areas warm and usable:

– We have found that if the kitchen is too tight or narrow, it feels and works poorly. We configure at least 42 inches between islands, cabinets and appliances. That isle width allows two people to work or walk in those areas of use.

– The breakfast nook should be free-flowing and out of the work area of the kitchen. The nook should be large enough to have a table that fits the needs of seating the family and friends. There again, we recommend 42 inches behind chairs, for ease of getting in-and-out.

– The kitchen island presents unrivaled benefits, for the way we live today. A large island with plenty of seating provides the opportunity for people to help prepare food, drink wine or just chat with whomever is preparing the meal. The chairs or bar stools need to be very comfortable, and not too close together.

– A large kitchen pantry is very valuable for storing lots of items, which are out of the way, but still within easy access. If there is room for a corner walk-in pantry, that is a bonus; otherwise two sliding doors provides a wonderful storage opportunity for food and small appliances.

– High quality cabinetry, with certain features, can make the preparerís life so much easier. We provide dovetail drawers with wood sides and easy-close drawers, which allow for lasting use. Specialty cabinets and drawers, that do not break the wallet, give mom the ease and enjoyment of working in the kitchen , or dad, as in my case.

– We enjoy building wood lockers off of the kitchen, so that all of the items that come home with the kids are easily stored before they come into the kitchen, scrounging for a snack or drink.

– Incorporating as many large windows in the kitchen and nook as possible, makes the rooms feel open and warm. That typically includes a double full-glass door, which has easy access to a back deck, grill and outdoor sitting area. In Northwest Indiana, to screen-in this area is treasured. Normally, the costs are generally pretty easy on the wallet, when screening-in the deck area, especially if there is a roof.

For more information on building the kitchen of your dreams, visit our website at, or contact Director of Sales David Gring at 219-916-3744. Our Highlands Rockwell Model Home is open Monday through Saturday, 12-4 p.m., and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

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