With technology constantly changing and kitchen design trends evolving it can be tough keeping up with the plethora of appliances and gadgets on the market today. Customizing your kitchen to meet your family’s needs is the primary focus when renovating or remodeling the busiest space in your home – so it only makes sense to purchase those appliances that speak to your specific needs and make sense for your hectic life. According to the NKBA, you could typically expect to spend approximately 15% of your kitchen budget on the essential appliances and in many cases more. It’s not unheard of to spend 15 – 20K + on appliances and fittings for your new kitchen. To give you an idea, here are just a few added bells and whistles we’ll be introducing into the kitchen of the Brentwood Project. The Warming Drawer. With today’s hectic and very staggered schedules it can be extremely tricky to have everyone at the dinner table at the same time. Mrs. R enjoys cooking for her family and entertaining their friends – and many times will have her husband’s dinner drying out in the oven. The moisture control settings of a warming drawer will keep Mr. R’s food succulent during the week and the guests’ hors D’Oeuvres fresh tasting on the weekends. This is an ideal appliance to incorporate into their new kitchen. Dishwasher Drawers. Mrs. R loves the concept of the dual drawer dishwasher for several reasons. They occupy the same amount of space as traditional dishwashers – yet these two independent drawers provide both versatility and flexibility when washing smaller loads and separating the pots from the china. On weekends or nights when it’s dinner for the kids only she can load up the top drawer and away she goes. The Beverage Center. We have been discussing whether to include this appliance into the plans for months. Since they love to entertain other families, this under-counter refrigerator is perfect for kids to help themselves to healthy snacks and drinks. It’s all about easy access and providing independence for the kids. The Pot Filler. Installed directly over the cook-top, this faucet is not only a time saver, but it makes it much easier to fill large pots of water right there – by the burner, rather than leaving a trail of water from the sink to the stove. This pot filler isn’t for every kitchen or cook, yet it fits in perfectly with Mrs. R’s lifestyle and menu plan. A Wine Refrigerator. By now you can tell that my clients love to entertain. In this project however, we are keeping the wine fridge out of the kitchen and incorporating it into a new dining room bar area. Locating this wine cooler away from the kitchen creates more usable space within the kitchen itself. These are just a few of the hottest new appliances we’re introducing into this home renovation project. I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.