COVID-19 might just be the “new normal,” and even though the vaccines are rolling out, we might be dealing with future outbreaks, plus a new awareness of health considerations. Here are some of the ways in which COVID-19 has changed kitchen designs in Santa Fe, NM.
Bigger refrigerators and freezers
One of the biggest changes we’ve noticed since the pandemic began is that people need more food storage. If you’re cooking at home more often, for the entire family, you’ll need to keep more perishables fresh. People designing kitchens today are more likely to choose extra-large refrigerators and freezers, just in case. We may never have another major pandemic like this in our lifetimes, but between power outages, natural disasters and other issues, it’s never a bad idea to be prepared.
There are also other popular refrigeration options, like chest and upright freezers, wine chillers and other luxury items. If you’re thinking about upgrading your kitchen, these might be great (and practical) additions to your home.
Bigger cabinet and pantry storage
Along the same lines, people are looking for more built-in cabinet and pantry storage. Adding extra storage is almost always a good idea when renovating, and now it’s practically a necessity. Not only will you be able to store plenty of non-perishable essentials out of sight, but you can also store small appliances like food processors, blenders and more. In short, the more storage, the better.
Cooking at home is the priority
Right now, and perhaps well into the future, cooking at home is becoming a major priority. You might already have noticed that people tend to gather in the kitchen when visiting someone else’s home, which is a good reason for a bigger kitchen in and of itself. When you cook for multiple people every day, having a large kitchen will also inform your design. Think about adding extra prep and dishwashing space, double ovens, a large stovetop and more.
You might buy everything online
More people are deciding to buy online rather than browse physical stores. If that’s the case for you and your family, be aware that appearances can be deceiving. Make sure you measure as thoroughly as possible, and work with your contractor to ensure your new appliances, cabinets, hardware and other accoutrements will fit in your kitchen.
Health is key, so another of the unsurprising kitchen design changes since COVID-19 in Santa Fe, NM is the trend toward self-sanitizing appliances. While most of your old appliances could get the job done, having that extra line of defense is nice for most homeowners. If you have a kitchen large enough to house your laundry machine and other big appliances, this is a good way to make sure everything is as clean as possible.
There are plenty of ways COVID-19 has changed kitchen design in Santa Fe, NM, and your local contractor can help you decide how to harness these changes to your advantages. Get in touch with Apple Construction LLC today to get started.
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