If you broke down how many hours you spent in each room of your home, what percent do you think would be spent in your kitchen? Most people I talk to say nearly all their waking, at home hours! With that time spent in one room, I spend a good deal of time counseling buyers on what to look for in a kitchen, and sellers on how to showcase their's in the best light.
Today we also have a very special guest on the blog, Mayan Metzler, Founder of German Kitchen Center, a national kitchen design chain with showrooms across the country--and a new one in Chicago! As a true expert in the space, Mayan has some great tips for those considering a remodel, or working on a new project.
Think holistically about your project
Before you even begin a project, Mayan recommends considering all the factors that go into creating a new kitchen, and all the people who will work on your project in one capacity or another. For example, when you are importing parts from Europe, shipping alone can be a logistical nightmare. German Kitchen Center built Kitchen Tracker to solve this very problem -- a proprietary shipment tracker of every individual piece of a shipment.
How many vendors can you handle?
Also consider where you are going to source everything. Are you going to work with one showroom for cabinets and another for appliances? Always an option, but you may also want to consider one stop shopping to keep this easy. German Kitchen Center is the only multi-brand European vendor in the US.
Mayan explains the difference between a German kitchen simply: a German kitchen is like a German car--it will last forever! According to Mayan, the experience of working with a German cabinet maker is entirely different than working with anyone else. When he calls in a new order, the German cabinet maker wants to see the entire design. When he starts a new order with other vendors, they execute as quickly as possible. It's a subtle, important nuance to note.
Will white kitchens ever go out of style? Hopefully not. Mayan is also seeing a lot of handle-less cabinets, and special cabinet finishes including porcelain fronts! A very exciting trend because it's such a strong, gorgeous material with a natural stone look that people love.
Mayan also notes that in Europe, nearly all kitchens look modern, though many are within very old homes. Both looks are classic and perfectly compliment one another. Try to step out of your comfort zone!
Thank you, Mayan, for your thoughtful information and advice! I love working with some of the country's best designers, right in our own backyard.