Traditional, modern, marble counters or subway tile – the design elements of a kitchen are endless. Range hood or light fixtures over the island? Gas or electric stove? Open shelving or a cabinet for everything.

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Whether you like to cook elaborate meals or order in Skip the Dishes, the kitchen is the centre of the home and most families spend the bulk of their time there. The kitchen is more than just a place to store your groceries and whip up a meal. It’s a gathering place. It’s where conversation happens. Where the kids do their homework on the side of the island, where you pull out your laptop to get a little work in or where you converse and share the contents of your busy day as a family.

Finding the right kitchen design to match your lifestyle can change the flow of your day. It can bring you peace of mind or add chaos. It can allow you to do the things that are important to you, like spend more time together as a family, making healthier meals or saving money and time.

For Kerri-lyn Holland saving money was definitely behind her decision to build in a full coffee station in her home.

“I am very frugal. So the coffee station was a big thing. At the time we were building our home, I was reading the latte factor. In that book it talks about how much it costs if you spend 5 dollars a day on a latte. So we decided to put the coffee station in the house. It has a counter on it so by the end of the first year, we’d made thousands of coffees. You multiply that by 5 dollars a day and the math made sense,” says Kerri-lyn.

For Jason Holland, the butler pantry in their kitchen has made entertaining far more enjoyable.

“With the butler pantry it makes it easy to entertain. People actually mingle there and it becomes the bar area with then the food on the table, it’s separate and nice to have,” says Holland.

When deciding what you want in your kitchen think about the lifestyle you have and what would add to your life. There are so many options and today, finding inspiration is right at your fingertips.

“Thanks to social media and people being just exposed to different design, there is much variety now in kitchens,” says Jason Holland. “We find there seems to be less sway in design trends now. There is so much more exposure and so many more options. So you don’t have everyone choosing traditional and then it swing and everyone is super modern. There is just a blend – it’s more people’s preference.”

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But regardless of design trends, when working with clients the Hollands do hear common themes from home buyers when it comes to kitchens. They want ample counter and pantry space, and plenty of natural light.

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“For sure, there seems to be a move to having a more organized kitchen, with things put away behind those cabinet doors, says Kerri-lyn Holland. They don’t want to see the chaos. If it’s hidden, there is peace and harmony. And doesn’t everyone want a peaceful and happy kitchen.”

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