Top 5 Features of Today’s Residential Kitchens

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Home designers are seeing a pretty specific dream sheet of most-desired features in contemporary kitchen design. And those features aren’t as surprising or innovative as you might think. Here’s a brief overview of today’s most popular (and useful) kitchen features.

1. A Kitchen Island 

For many people building a home, the dream is an expansive kitchen island that effortlessly becomes the focal point of the kitchen, allowing people to gather and talk while providing extra counter space and storage below. Not all kitchens have the floor space for a large island, but even small kitchens can benefit from a compact island, which can add much-needed versatility and storage. Keep in mind that the recommended floor width on either side of an island is 42" (for a kitchen with a single cook) or 48" (for a kitchen with two cooks working at the same time). 

2. A Farmhouse Sink 

A double-width sink with no dividers is topping the list of today’s homebuyers who are sick of not being able to fit their 8-quart Dutch ovens (and other large pots and pans) into their kitchen sink. Large, wide sinks are in, often with a small removable basin for soapy water during the washing process. 

3. Ample Storage/Pantry Space

A walk-in pantry provides many home cooks with the space they need to close the door on a mess. For others, a floor-to-ceiling pantry built into the cabinet design is more than ample for their family’s needs. But that storage needs to be well-designed to allow for easy visibility and access of items at the very back. Some pantries feature sliding or pocket doors—either glass or wood—to enable shutting the door on the mess without necessitating door-swing space in the kitchen’s interior. 

4. Built-In Appliances

For a truly streamlined look, a built-in refrigerator/freezer with custom panels matching your cabinets is hard to beat. These refrigerators are typically counter-depth, matching the depth of your cabinets exactly, and feature fully articulating hinges so doors open completely for easy access to the inside. Pair a built-in refrigerator with a coordinating drawer-style dishwasher, and your kitchen will be the envy of all your guests. 

5. Double Ovens

For those who cook and bake regularly, double ovens—especially double wall ovens—are an absolute must. The double oven makes large meal prep a breeze—and dramatically simplifies the oven schedule when preparing special occasion feasts or holiday dinners. 

Many home chefs also opt to incorporate these nice-to-have kitchen additions: 

  • A pot-filler above or right beside the kitchen stove, making it easy to fill up a pot or kettle without carrying it back and forth to the kitchen sink. 

  • A commercial-style gas range that meets chief industry standards and cuts down on cooking time and temperature inconsistencies.

  • A coffee bar with everything the household needs to make their preferred cup of joe in one convenient spot.

  • An appliance garage on the counter for hiding away appliances like blenders or stand mixers.

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3 Common Questions for First Time Home Buyers

Credit plays an important role in your ability to secure a home loan and to qualify for a low-interest mortgage. However, many first-time homebuyers aren’t aren’t sure about the exact relationship between credit scores and mortgages.

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering the many factors that go into your credit score and into your lender’s decision to approve you for a mortgage. So, in this article, we’re going to cover three commonly asked questions that homebuyers have about credit scores and how they’re used by mortgage lenders to determine your eligibility for a home loan.

Will my credit score go down if I check my credit report?

If you’re thinking of buying a home in the near future, one of the first things you’ll want to do is check your credit. However, if you’ve heard that some credit inquiries briefly lower your credit score you might be hesitant to find out.

This common misconception stems from the fact that taking out new lines of credit results in a temporary decrease in your credit score. The difference between checking your credit and a credit inquiry is simple: a credit check you can access for free online through a service like Credit Karma, whereas a credit inquiry is performed by a lender or creditor with whom you’ve applied for credit.

In short, checking your credit score online won’t affect your score. In fact, the major credit bureaus are required to allow you to check your credit for free once per year.

Can I get a loan with low credit?

Increasing your credit score is a lengthy process that requires careful financial management. Many people who have had difficulties paying off bills, loans, and credit cards will have to rebuild their credit. Or, if you’re young and don’t have a diverse history of credit payments, you’ll be starting from scratch to build your score.

If you’re hoping to get an FHA (first-time homeowner loan), the lowest your score can be is 580. However, that doesn’t mean you should always take a loan with a low credit score. When you don’t have a good credit history, lenders will seek other ways to guarantees their investment. This comes in the form of higher interest rates or PMI (private mortgage insurance) which you’ll have to pay on top of your monthly home insurance and mortgage payments.

Will applying for a home loan affect my credit?

Simply stated, yes. However, applying for a loan or get preapproved is considered a credit inquiry and won’t leave any lasting negative on your credit score. Making several inquiries within a short period of time, however, can significantly lower your score, so choose your inquiries wisely. And, be sure to monitor your credit score on a monthly basis so you have an idea of where you stand along the road to applying for a home loan.

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