Builder's Focus: Bringing Beauty & Function to the Kitchen

2013-09-28T11:45:00Z Builder's Focus: Bringing Beauty & Function to the KitchenMichelle Krueger Times Correspondent
September 28, 2013 11:45 am  • 

It’s inevitable.

When it comes to relaxing and spending time at home, there’s usually food involved so the kitchen ends up being the place where everyone wants to hang out.

From meal preparation and homework time to casual get-togethers and formal affairs, as the heart of the home, your kitchen needs to accommodate everyone from grazers to serious chefs – sometimes all at once!

So how can you be sure that the kitchen will be the centerpiece you’ve been dreaming of when building a new home?

Dave Gring shares a few of the key elements incorporated in the vibrant and very usable kitchen designs of a Steiner-built home.

“The challenge is to make a kitchen/nook as warm and as functional as we can so everyone loves spending time there,” he explained. “We know that when kitchen work areas are too tight or constricting they feel and work poorly so we always try to have at least 42 inches between the cabinets, islands and appliances – which allows two people to work or walk comfortably in those areas. Our nooks are usually free-flowing out of the work area and large enough for a table that fits the seating needs of the family. There again, we try and have 42 inches behind the chairs so it’s easy to get in and out and walk around.”

From there, Gring points to five great Steiner details that are extremely popular with buyers today:

• Tall 42 inch upper cabinets that give you a third shelf for storage with 12 inch drywall soffits with crown molding for a nice finished look instead of an open space.

• Large islands – it took four guys to carry in the granite for the ones in our latest models - with plenty of space for food prep and service, a nice seating area and some with veggie sinks in the corner (other popular surfaces include quartz, laminate and butcher block).

• Walk-in pantries with plenty of space for small kitchen appliances and various supplies, especially those people stock up on at Cosco and Sam’s Club.

• Custom-made hood vents that are built on-site by our trim carpenter with a mantle over the stove, leaving other options for the microwave like a built-in double oven cabinet or placement in the island so the kids have easy access to it.

• Replacing the formal living room with the formal dining room and enlarging the overall size of the nook, making more space to enjoy features like built-in benches and access to the outdoors.

In addition, quality cabinetry with dovetail drawers, wood sides and easy close drawers provide lasting ease, trim detail adds amazing beauty and reasonably-priced specialty cabinets add to the enjoyment of working in the kitchen, according to Gring.

For more information on designing the new kitchen of your dreams, call Dave Gring of Steiner Homes at (219) 916-3744. To see photos of their latest models, visit the Steiner Homes Facebook page or

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