Today we were excited to meet with Fred and Lisa in Vista, California. They have a large, beautiful single-story Mediterranean ranch style home on a very spacious piece of land. It has a great back yard, a large pool, and even a guest house. The home itself is nicely laid out and has some upgrades, but mostly the finishes are builder-grade or tract home in their quality. It’s a relatively new house, so I was somewhat surprised to get the call to come out. After walking through the home, I understood why she called!
While the rest of the house was somewhat comfortable and laid out appropriately, the kitchen was in really bad shape! I was surprised at how many issues stood out to me in this space. First, the home is large, but the kitchen itself was really small. Considering the overall size of this house, the kitchen and dining nook are totally undersized. Scale is very important in any design aspect, but especially so in a kitchen, which is the number one equity driver for any homeowner. The kitchen is the heart of the home, the gathering place, and the entertaining hub. For a home this size, with such a great back yard, there should be parties galore here! But with the kitchen being so small and choked off from the rest of the home, there weren’t many gatherings going on here!