When it Comes to Kitchen Design… Take it Personally

Posted on | July 7, 2011 | 4 Comments

We may spend more hours in our bedrooms than any other room in our house (if we are lucky), but for many, the majority of our waking hours are spent in the kitchen. We cook there, we eat there, and some even work there—paying the bills, doing homework and checking email. The kitchen is an intimate space for family and sharing personal moments. It’s also the first place guests gather during any get-together. There is no denying it; the kitchen is the heart of the home.

Traditional Kitchen by Pheasant Hill Designs in Charlotte, North Carolina

Your kitchen needs to be the most well designed space in your house. For years we’ve been told about the “triangle” and the importance in creating the best flow throughout the space. It’s all been about the relationship, ease of movement and traffic patterns between the refrigerator, stove and sink. Today, as areas for non-kitchen related activities like computer stations and newer kitchen activities such as food prep and coffee bars have become a part of the design – the triangle has shifted and expanded to also accommodate these lifestyle changes.

To get some perspective on today’s kitchen we asked Kendra Tardif of Pheasant Hill Designs to answer a few of our questions:

NCD: On your website, you talk about designing kitchens that are highly personal. Why do you think that homeowners feel most “at home” in their kitchens?

KT: Perhaps it’s because we’ve grown up spending time in the kitchen and we’re drawn to it. It’s also because the design of the space is definitely personal. It’s not a “one size fit’s all” kind of thing. People make selections that satisfy their needs from a functional and a lifestyle perspective. They want to feel good when they step inside their home at the end of the day and the materials selected, the colors and the overall design of the kitchen create that feeling of warmth.

NCD: What are some of the benefits to working with a professional designer on a kitchen remodel?

KT: As professionals, this is what we do every day. Kitchen design is about far more than selecting cabinetry, and the process can be overwhelming. Working with a professional ensures that you have a well-planned kitchen where even the smallest of details are thought of. After the fact, you don’t want to be wishing, for example, that you had more outlets. A professional listens to what you want and designs a kitchen based on your needs and your family’s lifestyle. They also coordinate all of the other aspects of the project – from plumbing and decorative hardware to the selection of tile and stone. Additionally, There are resources that a professional has access to which are not available to the public.

NCD: What do you feel is the biggest challenge when designing a kitchen?

KT: It is essential to listen to the homeowners. They have a vision for what they want and by being attentive, that “dream kitchen” that they have in mind can unfold. I don’t consider it a challenge. It’s just the most essential aspect of the design process.

Traditional Kitchen Pheasant Hill Designs in Charlotte, NC

Images Courtesy of Pheasant Hill Designs

Kendra Tardif is the principal of Pheasant Hill Designs, a full-service Charlotte based firm specializing in high-end residential interior design as well as the renovation and design of custom kitchens and baths.

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4 Responses to “When it Comes to Kitchen Design… Take it Personally”

  1. Amy Vermillion@ Martineau Vermillion Interior Design
    July 8th, 2011 @ 8:58 AM

    Great interview and the kitchen is lovely. I’d have to say that my biggest challenge designing a kitchen is fitting all the client wants into the actual space and in a reasonable budget. Of course “reasonable” is totally subjective but I find clients have more items on their wish lists for their kitchens than anywhere else in the house. My job is to figure out how to put it all together in a plan that makes sense.

  2. Bespoke Kitchens
    August 9th, 2011 @ 9:01 AM

    Wow, what a great article on kitchen design. It gives people a new perspective on how much time we spend in our kitchen and how we can improve designs, once we think about it and plan properly.

  3. Liz Hughes
    August 9th, 2011 @ 10:28 AM

    Thanks for your comments. I have always remembered a cross stitch that hung in the breakfast area of a friend’s home. It said. “Sit long, talk much.” For that to occur, the kitchen has to be inviting and definitely well planned. A designer can achieve that level of fuction and comfort.

  4. Liz Hughes
    August 9th, 2011 @ 11:15 AM

    Thanks for your reply, Amy. I am sure constraints of space and budget are challenging in just about every kitchen project. A professional is able to balance aesthetics, function and budget so that many of those item as possible on the “wish list” become a reality.

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