The most important areas in the home are the kitchen and dining room area. They are sometimes separate units but may also combine into one open space. The addition of an arch gives emphasis to this special part of the home.
The kitchen is where food preparation takes place. It is the center of activity and is often an area for major renovations. It also serves as a storage space for food items and kitchen utensils. The cost of furnishing or renovating it is often significant. This is because a wide range of appliances, furniture, fixtures and fittings are necessary. Even the pots, pans and utensils require a significant amount of funds.
A refrigerator, dishwasher, and cooking range are the major appliances found here. They are necessary items in any kitchen and their price usually depends on the type of fridge and stove required. No home is complete without a large refrigerator as the space in a small one facilitates only limited storage.
The counters and cupboards are important pieces of furniture and fixtures as well. They often reveal the attention to detail of the homemaker. The cost of these items ranges from a low of $10,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The floor, walls and ceiling are essential elements. The colors of the floor and wall and the elevation of the ceiling tend to provide a special effect. These should complement the other pieces of appliances, furniture, fixtures and fittings in the area.
Renovation often includes a complete makeover, so even the lighting may require adjusting. Lighting often complements the whole look and feel of a living area and adds sparkle to any occasion.
The dining area complements the kitchen and it too may need a makeover. It is often combined with the living room, and in some homes, the living room, dining room and kitchen are all unified to become the entertainment hub.
There may not be much work to be done in the dining area but there are still some things that may be necessary. The buffet and dining set are often elegant pieces which can endure the test of time and may only need coloring to complement the new look. The décor, including table covers and curtains, can also make a big difference to the atmosphere created.
As the centerpiece of the home it is important to emphasize the beauty of the kitchen and dining areas. They can be turned into centers of entertainment, business and education. These areas are places to socialize, make deals and learn new things.