ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Although a lot has changed in real estate since the housing collapse, one thing remains constant: the kitchen is a focal point and a smart spot to keep current. Today, our 'Open House' series takes you inside one of the 14 homes featured in an upcoming home show that's all about the most trafficked part of a home.
Whether streamlined and contemporary or created for the experienced chef with commercial grade appliances, kitchens are for customizing.
When Andrew Kelly built this 5,000 sq. ft. house six months ago, the kitchen was designed as the heart of the five-bedroom home.
"What I love about the kitchen is how open it is and how often we spend time here together," Kelly says. "The entire family."
The Kellys, who own home-building company 1023 Construction, wanted it to be ideal for cooking and entertaining and to handle the rigors of two young children.
"The little nook for the kids," Kelly said. "They love it."
The adults also love how bright it is because of the large windows that capture natural light and pearlized finish on the cabinetry. The homeowner considers it clean and fresh.
To create the look they consider "clean and fresh", they started with a blank canvas. The Kelly family purchased a Buckhead home damaged when Nancy Creek flooded a few years ago and demolished it. Kelly worked closely with Michael Bell of Michael Bell of Bell Custom Cabinetry to create a functional environment.
"It's dedicated into zones," said Bell. "You have a cleaning zone, a prepping and cooking zone, so the zones can separate and they don't overlap."
Another goal was to keep it timeless since they invested $80,000 in the kitchen.
"Styles will always change. So you're looking to make it so the kitchen will be timeless for the next decade, next decade and a half," Bell said.
Making it contiguous is key too. The style flows from one room to the next.
"It's one big living room," Kelly said.
"In a way, it's made kitchen design a little more challenging," Bell said, "It's not its own room, it's got to integrate with everything else."
This home is one of more than a dozen featured in the 15th annual "Junior League Tour of Kitchens" event. It's the largest fundraiser for the Atlanta chapter. Click here to find out more about the home show and tickets to the tour Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, 2012.