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Choose the Best Kitchen for Your Family's Lifestyle

by Barry Macchione 12/03/2018

For generations, people have been saying that "the kitchen is the heart of the home." The meaning of that expression is open to interpretation, but just about everyone would agree that kitchens are generally a relaxing place where family and friends congregate.

Although there are a lot of things to consider when searching for just the right house that meets your needs, the size of your next kitchen and its practicality are important things to keep in mind. If you enjoy hosting dinner parties and family gatherings, a large kitchen with plenty of seating room and counter space is highly desirable.

In addition to the fact that you need space to prepare and serve food, you may also need room to put out snacks, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages. If your objective is to serve meals "buffet style" or "family style," then you'll also want to line up the necessary supplies, such as plates, napkins, utensils, cups, and condiments.

While a large, open kitchen is not absolutely essential to the success of a dinner party or holiday gathering, it does provide convenience, food serving options, and more mingling space. If you end up buying a home with a narrow galley kitchen, then you'll have to rely more on adjoining rooms for entertaining guests and serving food.

On a day-to-day basis, spacious eat-in kitchens are usually much more practical for busy families, too. Otherwise, space is at a premium and family members may find themselves bumping into each other as they prepare meals, wash cookware, or put away dishes. As you can imagine (or have experienced first-hand), a claustrophobic kitchen does not lend itself to family harmony! On the other hand, having a place where family members can comfortably sit across from each other at meal time lends itself to open communication and, hopefully, better family relations.

Other characteristics of an "ideal kitchen" might include energy-efficient appliances, a floor that's both attractive and spill resistant, and sufficient lighting in food preparation and eating areas. If homes you're considering don't have dimmer switches, that's a relatively simple and inexpensive feature to install -- preferably with the help of an electrician. Having the ability to soften the intensity of light will enable you to decrease the room's brightness and transition to a "relaxation mode" at the end of the day. Being able to turn the brightness back up will come in handy for paying bills at the kitchen table, reading the newspaper (if you don't access it online), helping your kids with their homework, or playing cards or board games.

Whether your kitchen requirements include stainless steel appliances, a quartz or granite island with a gas stove, or just plenty of room for a large kitchen table and chairs, your real estate agent will work with you to find the home that best matches your needs, lifestyle, and budget.

About the Author

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Barry Macchione

Barry Macchione has been a RE/MAX REALTOR® since 2000 and a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame since 2010. Each year Barry has achieved the 100% Club for the past 18 years which is an Elite Club of RE/MAX agents. As a member of the East Polk County Association of Realtors since 1997, Barry has extensive real estate transaction experience with hundreds and hundreds of homes sold throughout Central Florida, including Commercial transactions. He is well versed in all aspects of both Seller and Buyer representation and sale of businesses and commercial property as well and achieves his clients goals and takes the stress out of today's real estate market.

Barry's personal interests include Bass Fishing, Boating and Martial Arts.Barry has traveled the country for many years fishing on the B.A.S.S. and FLW Tournament circuits as well as competed locally and was successful in National competition as well. Barry is also a Martial Arts Instructor for the City of Winter Haven Recreation Department. Having studied and trained continuously in the Martial Arts since 1974, he holds a high rank is the art of American Goju-ryu Karate, a Japanese based Karate brought to the United States in the early 1950's. For 44 years, Barry has been a member of the same Martial Arts Organization the U.S.A.G.O. and has competed successfully in hundreds of Martial Arts tournaments and now teaches and trains all ages of students and supports their participation in today's tournaments with them.

Barry enjoys the outdoors whether just boating on the many lakes and rivers of Florida including the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes or occasionally just fishing and capturing the serenity and beauty of the sunsets while on the water. If you are looking for a Real Estate Professional whom has lived in the area for 57 years and knows the area well, Barry is your REALTOR®. Call or text Barry today or check out the many social media channels he has and make contact today, he looks forward to hearing from you!