The Power of “Kitchen”

More years ago than I'd like to admit, I sat in my grandparents' Snohomish farm kitchen and waited for my bowl of red beans … the kind that had cooked all the live-long day in a basting of bacon (and bacon fat) …. and which was destined for scooping with the whitest of white bread, slathered with room-temp butter. Salted.

Can I interest you in a bowl?

That kitchen. It used to be the mainstay of a home; the heart, if you will. But then it turned itself into a galley, as if we had all been pirate-ized. (I myself have a galley kitchen, but if I have any say in the matter, that will change soon.) For a brief bit there, we pretended that the kitchen was NOT the gathering place of the home. Instead, we put more weight on the living room. But how could a room devoid of tastes and smells and bubbling pots ever compete with a kitchen?

Today, home buyers are looking for that integrated, updated, chair-populated gathering place. They don't want a galley kitchen; they want a kitchen with a big island in the center, and lots of chairs for the visitors that will flock for a taste of whatever you've got in the pot. They want a livable, holistic, spacious focal point that will nurture all who linger and gawk.

Looking for a new home? I'd like to suggest you allow yourself to get kitchen-centric. Say "no" to the smaller kitchen. Wait for that home with the gathering point. You'll be all the happier while you're stirring that pot of beans.

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 5:08 am
Shannon Woodward | Category: Kitchen, Snohomish | Tagged ,

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