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    Kitchen Design Ideas: Top Essentials Your Kitchen Should Have, According to Designers

    CARY, NC – MARCH 9: A kitchen in the Katonah design model home in Martha Stewart’s Twin Lakes Community is shown March 9, 2006 in Cary, North Carolina. The kitchen is set in a classical colonial style which is inspired by Martha’s Westport, Connecticut and Katonah, New York homes. Twin Lakes is the first of several communities that KB Home and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. will build and design across the U.S. The exterior of the homes have characteristics similar to homes lived in by Martha Stewart in New York and Maine. The interiors feature many design elements chosen by Martha and her design team. The community will eventually feature about 650 homes ranging from 1,500 to 4,100 square feet, and priced from $200k to the mid $400k. (Photo : Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

    A kitchen is not just a place for cooking but also for entertaining. Architectural Digest, in its post, showed various kitchen designs by experts. Such experts provided tips on how to design your kitchen. Here are some of them:

    Nate Berkus, an interior designer, said that a kitchen is all about entertaining. “Indoors or outdoors, it’s all about easy entertaining-having everything at your fingertips. To understand what you want your kitchen to be, you must know how you plan to use it.”

    Elissa Cullman, Cullman & Kravis Interior Designer, said that a space should be integrated into the overall aesthetic of a residence. An outdoor kitchen should be like an organic extension of the inside.

    Bar Architects’ Richard Beard said that lighting is key. “Lighting is key to an outside setting. Devote the same attention and sensibility to it as you would any inside room. Otherwise you’ll be running around with flashlights.”

    Richard Landry, an architect, considers safety and layout in his design. “As children may be running around, you always need to make sure that the barbecue is not on a main path of traffic. And if the hosts are planning on doing their own cooking, you need to situate the barbecue so they can face their guests while grilling.”

    Outdoor kitchen should also be resistant to weather, says Juergen Riehm, architect at 1100 Architect. “We advise marine-grade finishes for their greater resistance to weather. Our priority is durability.”

    Jerry Hupy, an architect at  Shope Reno Wharton, said that kitchens should be self-contained. “The best outdoor kitchens are self-contained. They should account for everything: cooking, refrigeration, dishwashing, and cabinetry.”

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